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Automatic Thermal Profiling – Probot


Automatic Profiling

The ultimate output from a reflow oven is an acceptable thermal profile. The reflow oven is essentially a profile machine. The ProBot compliments the reflow oven by automatically recording the profile for each and every processed PCB. On the fly, the profile is compared to the established process window to determine whether it is in spec or not. This occurs in the background without human intervention and without interrupting production. The ProBot is programmed by running a manual profile using a KIC profiler.

Flexibility to Add Enchanced Capabilities

Because no one wants to pay for features they don’t need, and because no one knows how their needs will develop over time, the ProBot is designed with a very deep list of optional features and capabilities. All of these options can be added to the ProBot from an a la carte options list, either initially or later at any time.

ProBot Advantages

Automatic Thermal Profiling for your profile machine

Navigator Optimizer Automated solution for finding the correct recipe to put your process in spec for your product. Navigator gives you choices to customize the process for your factory requirements: highest quality, fastest production or both.
Auto-Focus (includes Navigator) Eliminates guessing on a new PCB’s recipe. Provides suggested recipe for an in-spec profile before running a board. Saves the cost of a PCB.
Navigator Power Optimizer Navigator software plus an added energy savings optimizer
Auto-Focus Power (includes Navigator) Auto-Focus with Navigator software plus an added energy savings optimizer
Barcode Reading Traceability Automatically matches the barcode number with the completed profile data of every single production board recorded by the system.
Barcode Reading Process Control Eliminate using the wrong recipe. Automatically compares the barcode of a product on the in-feed conveyor to a user defined barcode string for a particular profile recipe.
Barcode Reading – Traceability & Process Control Package of Traceability and Process Control.
Lot ID Production run data based on the Lot ID code.
RPM (Remote Process Monitoring) The output of profiling data sent to the RPM Server Software at a separate location or externally to a flat file.
RPM Server One (1 seat license) View profile data from the KIC server at a separate location. One (1) seat license
RPM Server Five, Ten, Unlimited (5, 10, unlimited seat license) View profile data from the KIC server at a separate location. Multiple seat licenses.
LDO (Live Data Output) Output of profiling data sent externally to a flat file.
Live Index Viewing Screen displays a comprehensive summary of production quality assurance information.
SPC/Cpk Charts SPC/Cpk Charts – Statistical Process Control charts and Cpk calculation.
Troubleshooting Tab display the probe and conveyor speed deviation to aid in determining potential problem area.

ProBot System

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System Components

  • Two (2) thermocouple probes (each probe has 15 thermocouples)
  • 1 ea. data acquisition unit
  • 1 ea. speed encoder
  • 1 ea. board sensor
  • 1 ea. ProBot software with software protection dongle

Optional Hardware Components

Alarm Relay: The Alarm Relay connects to the data acquisition unit and allows the system to activate warning lights, audible alarms and/or stop the process infeed conveyor.

Light Bar: Used when system goes into ‘warning’ or ‘alarm’ state to show change in process and can make audible sound.

Data Acquisition unit / Probes

Accuracy:± 2°F (1.2°C)
Readings/second: 13
Thermocouples:Type K
Temperature Range: -150°C to 450°C
Data acquisition unit (LxWxH):308.6mm x 173.5mm x 35.8mm
Probes: length and thermocouple spacing is customized to each oven
Communications: Ethernet, RJ-45 connector
Computer Capability:PC
Power Requirements:12V DC @ 300mA
Note: The ProBot requires a KIC profiler.

The Process Window Index

PWI Process Window Index

Profiling Reduced to a Single Number

The PWI measures the profile’s fit to the process window in a mathematical and objective manner by using a single number. This aids in optimizing the process by comparing and ranking alternative profiles in terms of their fit to the available process window. The lower the PWI, the more efficient and stable the process! (See the PWI data sheet for a detailed explanation)


Computer Configuration

Minimum System Requirements

  • Dual Core / 1 GHz Processor PC with 2 GB RAM
  • 2 GB available storage
  • Video 1024 x 768 resolution / 16-bit
  • 1 available USB port (for data download)
  • 1 available USB port (for software key)
  • 1 available Ethernet port or 1 available USB port with Ethernet to USB
View the OS Compatibility Chart

ProBot Software

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  • Installation and Setup
  • Application Support
  • Hardware Support
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