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Technical overview of Solder Pots

Solder Pots provide a method of conduction soldering referred to as dip soldering, that may be used in a wide variety of applications. In dip soldering the solder pot serves as the source of heat and the solder supply. The solder alloy is kept molten in the pot, which maintains the required soldering temperature. The overall heat content of this mass is generally large enough to offset any small heat losses that take place during the dip-soldering application. The pre-fluxed parts are simply dipped into the Solder Pot at the required rate of speed and then withdrawn. The amount of solder that adheres to the assembly is controlled in part by the temperature and by gravity. With this method (assuming the assembly has been properly designed and that the dip-soldering application is correctly performed) a large number of quality and uniformly soldered connections can be made at the same time.

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Most of the Solder Pots that are currently being manufactured are heated electrically and there are a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles that are available. When deciding on the correct Solder Pot to be used, there are some basic considerations that should be taken into account. Some of these include the specific soldering application, the types of materials that will be used, the required temperature range and the acceptable operating tolerance allowed.

How to Properly Care for your Soldering Iron Tip

Proper care and maintenance of your soldering iron tip involves tinning, wiping (and wetting) and also periodic cleaning of the tips shank. These actions are very important and quite simple to perform, but are often neglected. When performed properly they will not only ensure the longest possible working life for your soldering iron tips, but they will also have positive effects on the overall performance of your soldering iron.

 

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