Vapor Phase technology, New remanufacture process ACtronics

ACtronics has made a new improvement in the quality of the remanfacturing process of instrument clusters. In the further developed remanufacture process, a Vapor Phase Machine has been added.

Standardised high quality

With the introduction of the Vapor Phase Machine, ACtronics has a new addition to the largely automated remanufacturing line that was already in use earlier this year. The purpose of the remanufacturing line is to be able to repair instrument panels in batches in an effective and qualitative manner. After all, top quality ensures a durable component, so that the customer can be on the road safely again!

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If you look at a PCB, you will immediately see that it is a sensitive component with many bits and pieces that are connected to it via solder connections. It is precisely these solder joints that can become porous over time due to temperature changes, vibrations or simply by use. The minor cracks that can form over time cause the part to no longer work properly. That's why we at ACtronics always repair these solder joints preventively to prevent possible defects in the future. That's exactly what the fully automatic Vapor Phase Machine supports during the remanufacturing of instrument clusters.

The advantage of the Vapor Phase Machine

In contrast to the traditional way of soldering by means of a soldering device, the Vapor Phase technology, as the name of the machine already suggests, uses vapors. To be precise, these are galden vapor. In the Vapor Phase Machine, the PCBs undergo a fixed soldering profile. The galden liquid will evaporate at a fixed temperature. This environmentally friendly and non-toxic vapor rises and drives the air upwards. As a result, the vapor will form itself entirely around the PCB. Because the liquid is inert, it does not react to other substances and thus only acts on the solder compounds. And that's exactly what we want! The solder joints on the PCB become 'liquid' again, so all small cracks and damages disappear. Bad solderings that are hidden or not visible to the naked eye are also flowed through the PCB and re-soldered. The machine then returns the PCB to the cold zone where the joints harden again. In no time at all, the machine has accomplished its task and the shiny PCBs are back in top condition! In summary, Vapor Phase technology offers many advantages:

  • This automation stroke ensures a standardised high quality
  • The durability increases, because even hidden bad solderings are re-soldered
  • The duration of the remanufacturing process is greatly shortened

Instrument cluster repair

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