Development of soldering robots

Growing into hand soldering

Development of soldering robots


Thermaltronics, a fast growing manufacturer of precision hand soldering systems incorporating the unique Curie Point technology, have recently announced it is embarking on an aggressive marketing campaign in the USA.

While a relative “newcomer” in the world of hand soldering & rework, the company is staffed by experienced industry experts whose knowledge of both the market and the Curie Point technology is unsurpassed. In fact, two of the top executives, Zen Lee and Michael Gouldsmith, have over 35 years of global experience in this industry, as they both previously worked for OKI/Metcal. With all the changes taking place in the industry and with the Metcal patent on the Curie Point technology expiring, Zen and Michael decided to start again – naming the new company Thermaltronics.

They have sought to introduce new ideas and make improvements in the way products are manufactured and certified. This process was made easier due to management and operations departments having previous experience of the hand soldering & rework market.

However, the company does not want to be a “follower” and today has developed comprehensive soldering robots, incorporating dual head operation, 6-axis control, vision, mapping & dynamic laser height adjustment. “Rather than taking a simple robotic approach, we first studied how a human operator works,” commented Zen. “We then replicated these movements in the robot, allowing for a decision-making process to take place.”


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