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OK International Soldering, Desoldering & Rework System triumphs at NPI Awards

Apr 09, 2009

Following its recent Service Excellence Award, OK International has collected a prestigious Circuit's Assembly's New Product Introduction award at the Apex exhibition in Las Vegas. Recognizing the company's Metcal MX-5000 Soldering, Desoldering and Rework System in the Soldering Hand Tools category, the awards highlighted the technology's capacity to address complex assembly challenges.

Now in its second year, the awards program celebrates innovative electronics assembly products introduced during the past 12 months. Judged by an independent panel of four practicing industry engineers, the awards evaluated the MX-5000 on critical factors including creativity and innovation, compatibility with existing technology, cost-effectiveness, design, environmental friendliness, reliability, maintainability, flexibility, performance and user-friendliness. Designed to lower training costs, extend application possibilities and enhance productivity, the MX-5000 system was a clear winner in this category.

�We're delighted to collect this award for the MX-5000 System and value the judges' recognition of its pioneering capabilities,� explains OK International Marketing Manager, Jerry Simmons who collected the NPI award during a ceremony held at Mandalay Bay Hotel on Monday 30th March. �Modern assembly processes need more heat for lead-free and high thermal demand boards without risk to components or substrates, while also being faced with increasing miniaturization which demands higher precision. So the MX-5000 is a truly innovative system, utilizing the benefits of our exclusive SmartHeatR Technology to deliver more power and process control while eliminating the potential for overshoot and reducing recovery time to a matter of seconds.�

The MX-5000's patented SmartHeatR Technology delivers moderate fixed temperatures at variable power levels to provide a uniquely controlled soldering and rework process. Its 80 watt, microprocessor controlled power supply is nearly double the size of its predecessor and monitors and varies power according to thermal load. Incorporating a built-in power indication meter with digital display and bar graph that dynamically provides feedback on the status of the soldering operation, the MX-5000 offers a repeatable resource for the creation of consistent, acceptable solder joints. A programmable �PowerSave� mode removes power from the tip, saves energy and extends tip life. For more information, please visit

About OK International

OK International is a leading global supplier of soldering tools and equipment for production assembly. The product range includes bench top soldering and desoldering tools, array package rework equipment, fluid dispensing systems and accessories, and fume extraction systems.

OK International is committed to understanding the product needs of its customers and supplies professional grade products that are innovative, reliable, price competitive and easy to use. Through a global sales channel, OK International provides expert product support and responsive customer service, with localisation to meet regional market needs.

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