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Publication Date: 10/1/2008
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RPS Intros Large Board Selective Soldering System
New versatile selective soldering system.
Spokane Valley, WA — RPS Automation, LLC has introduced the Rhythm EX Selective Soldering System, the latest addition to the company's family of selective soldering systems. The new machine offers the industry's largest native selective soldering range of 24 by 24-in. (600 x 600mm). No manual rotation or adjustment is required to achieve this range.

Based on the company's popular Rhythm System, the EX offers the most advanced robotics on the market with closed loop servo-driven X, Y, and Z axis motion that articulates the solder wave and flux beneath the PC board.

The machine is designed to successfully operate in high mix and, when properly configured, high volume PC board production environments. According to the company, the system can be programmed in minutes to handle basic to complex through-hole soldering needs. All systems include independently heated and programmable Nitrogen inertion for superior soldering performance and quick-change solder nozzles for industry-leading selective soldering keep-away (less than 1.5mm) and lead protrusion clearance (6mm).

The new system includes advanced automation capabilities for wave height management, system standby and startup, automated conveyor width adjustment, dedicated witness vision systems, adjustable temp N2 DirectHeat and ergonomically improved EasyLoad solder pot management. The available fiducial correction vision system can be utilized to perform solder defect inspection.

The EasyLoad feature of the EX requires substantially less effort for solder pot removal for maintenance and lead to lead-free changeover. The removal process is a pull motion laterally out of the system, with no vertical lift required. All other selective soldering systems in the sub-$100,000 class require much greater strength and safety precautions when reaching down to remove hot loaded solder pots.

The EX is for organizations seeking a selective soldering system with an affordable price point, efficient foot print, large board processing capacity and advanced automation. It is moderately priced and competes with much more expensive European systems.

Contact: RPS Automation, 3808 N. Sullivan Rd., Bldg. 14J, Spokane Valley, WA 99216-1610 509-891-1680 fax: 509-891-1681 Web:

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