Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services


Reflow profiling robot

20 February 2013 Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services

KIC’s ProBot is a new profiling robot that automatically verifies whether each printed circuit board (PCB) is processed to specification in the reflow oven. The suspect PCBs can then be sent off to batch X-ray. Since the typical batch X-ray machine only inspects a fraction of all assembled PCBs, the ProBot allows for more effective sampling.

The system also complements AOI inspection because these machines cannot see the solder joints hidden below BGA and PoP component bodies. The ProBot’s software will store the relevant solder paste and component temperature tolerances and check that each PCB was processed in accordance with these process windows.

Neither X-ray nor AOI inspection can see the molecular structure of a solder joint and, hence, cannot judge the soldering quality. A more complete quality inspection can be achieved when combined with the KIC ProBot, which will verify that the solder joints have been processed within the tolerances of both the component as well as solder paste specifications.

ProBot is designed to fit virtually any reflow oven on the market and is highly modular, allowing each user to specify the desired features.



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