Frost & Sullivan selected Vitronics Soltec as the recipient of the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership in the wave soldering equipment market. The company has earned this award for its impressive product line covering all soldering machinery, its robust design that can satisfy varying customer requirements, and for serving as a knowledge base for the soldering market.
As a pioneer in soldering technology, Vitronics has catered to the demands of assemblers for an efficient and better controlled soldering technique. The company invests considerably in research and development of its existing technology and product line. It has a global team of skilled personnel with varying experience, who work with end users and educational institutions to both gain and impart knowledge.
"A frontrunner in technological innovations, Vitronics Soltec has envisioned the '5 Steps to Lead-free Implementation'," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Deepa Mathew. "Many assemblers were able to transition to lead-free processes and optimize their soldering procedures to adapt to new legislations owing to this program."
Efficient flux usage and tight control over the height of the wave solder have helped industries significantly reduce defects and improve the quality of solder joints. These technologies have been incorporated into Vitronics Soltec's existing product line to benefit customers with varying mixes and production capacities.
Minimizing solder and dross build up can help end-users eliminate additional investments on pallets and labor costs for its removal. Their robust product design reduces machine maintenance and machine downtime thereby offering substantial benefits to customers who operate on very thin profit margins.
The Delta Platform machines employ digital controls to maintain closed loop temperature and process control over the soldering process. Easy to use software ensures desired wave height, flux quantity, and soldering temperatures.
Accurate solder joints with a high degree of repeatability can be achieved using digital motor controls that contain fluctuations to within 1 rpm. Its robust design ensures maximum uptime and can be worked for continuous shifts even for high volume production needs. This platform comes with many options that can be further customized to suit diverse end-user requirements.
"The company's selective soldering machines take up negligible time to program and offer the flexibility for easy upgrades in the event of change in production type or mix," notes Mathew. "The machines are equipped with the latest hardware and software tools, while easy to use interfaces reduce the learning curve considerably."
Vitronics Soltec has an impressive array of reflow soldering products. The company has been able to produce these devices by staying committed to its goal of technological innovation and their efforts have helped assemblers all over the world to transition to a lead-free process.
Each year Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that demonstrates excellence in technology leadership within its industry. The recipient company has demonstrated technology leadership by excelling in all stages of the technology life cycle-incubation, adaptation, take-up, and maturity-to ensure a continuous flow of improvements. By innovating leading- edge concepts, the company has pioneered client applications.
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About Vitronics Soltec
Vitronics Soltec specializes in the design and manufacturing of mass soldering equipment for the global circuit board assembly market, and includes Reflow, Wave, and Selective Soldering technologies. Vitronics Soltec manufactures its systems in three facilities worldwide; Stratham, New Hampshire, USA; Oosterhout, The Netherlands; and Suzhou, China. Direct sales and support centers are located in the United States, The Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, Shanghai, Malaysia, Korea and India.
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