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The New Metcal Connection Validation™ receives a 2017 NPI Award

Metcal were awarded a 2017 NPI Award in the category of Soldering - Hand Tools for its CV-5200 Connection Validation™ Soldering Station, as selected by an independent panel of practicing industry engineers. Evaluation of the award entries is based on several criteria, including innovation; compatibility with existing technology; cost-effectiveness; design, and more.  The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 ceremony that took place at the San Diego Convention Center during the IPC APEX EXPO.

The patented CV-5200 Connection Validation™ Soldering Station is the next major step in the evolution of process control. CV is the world's first soldering station capable of evaluating the quality of the solder joint by calculating the intermetallic compound formation and providing real-time, closed-loop feedback to the operator via an integrated LED ring in the hand piece.

"Connection Validation sets the stage for a major advancement in machine intelligence," according to Christopher Larocca, President of OK International, which acquired Metcal in 1996. "It fundamentally mitigates the risk of product failures, imperiled user safety, recalls, and unrecoverable cost - which can result in significant damage to a company and its brand. Manufacturers can now confidently develop faster, more advanced products, while boosting performance and cost efficiency," added Larocca.

Image: The CV-5200 features a Chip-in-Cartridge technology,

The CV-5200 features a Chip-in-Cartridge technology, that precisely calculates and displays tip temperature on the unit's color TFT graphic display.
With the CV-5200's communication port, tip temperature and other data can be collected and analyzed in production reports.

Premiering in 2008, the NPI Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

For further information, view website: www.metcal.com 


Metcal announces major re-branding on Milestone 35th Anniversary

With the upcoming introduction of a game-changing technology, new investments in technology and engineering, and a deep product pipeline, Metcal announces a revitalization of its brand and further strengthens its position as the industry innovator.

The Metcal innovation story began 35 years ago in Silicon Valley: the company was a scientific startup creating better soldering stations for electronics manufacturing and repair. Since that time, it has become a driving force in the industry, providing leading-edge electronics assembly products to its customers.

"Metcal has a very deep history of delivering innovative technology advancements to the market. Over the past several years, we have increased our investment in research and development to ensure that we continue delivering breakthrough products to the industry," said Christopher Larocca, President of OK International, which acquired Metcal in 1996. "Today, we're excited to announce the launch of a revitalized Metcal brand and a key advancement in Metcal's soldering technology." 

The recent investments in R&D are already paying off, according to Metcal's Chief Technology Officer, Hoa Nguyen. "Metcal has a deep product development pipeline for 2017 and several years beyond. At the IPC APEX Show in mid-February, we'll introduce another product breakthrough: our patented CV-5200 Connection Validation™ Soldering Station. It's the world's first soldering station capable of evaluating the quality of the solder joint by calculating the intermetallic compound formation and providing real-time, closed loop feedback to the operator."

"Like SmartHeat®, Connection Validation™ sets the stage for a major advancement in machine intelligence," added Mr. Larocca.  "It fundamentally mitigates the risk of product failures, imperiled user safety, recalls, and unrecoverable costs--which can result in significant damage to a company and its brand. Manufacturers can now confidently develop faster, more advanced devices, while boosting performance and cost efficiency."

Metcal featured the CV-5200 Connection Validation™ Soldering Station at the IPC APEX EXPO 2017.

Metcal in profile
Since 1982, Metcal has been a recognized worldwide leader in the electronics assembly marketplace. Metcal has an industry-leading position providing advanced technology products in conduction soldering, rework/repair, fume extraction and fluid dispensing arenas. Metcal product line includes hand soldering and desoldering, convection rework, advanced package rework, fume extraction and fluid dispensing products.  Metcal products continue to set the standard for performance, reliability, flexibility and cost-effective performance and are available from authorized distributors in North America and around the world.

For further information, view website: www.metcal.com  Refer to page 651

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