Author Topic: Soldering Machines/Robots for Through holes ? Robotdigg R8 Anyone???  (Read 6923 times)

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Re: Soldering Machines/Robots for Through holes ? Robotdigg R8 Anyone???
« Reply #75 on: December 07, 2019, 01:52:43 am »
So I wanted to add a note here on my progress on my machine (not a Robotdigg, but similar), hopefully to help others.

I am currently running some 4% SnPb flux-cored wire.   That seems to have solved a lot of the wetting.  I'll work on switching back to SAC305 in the future once I obtain some with a bit more aggressive flux.

I've come to the realization that the main difficulty (beyond the wetting) is reliably controlling the amount of solder being applied to the joint.  Because there is no feedback as to how much solder each joint consumes, the only option is to feed a certain amount of wire per joint.    If for whatever reason a given board takes more/less solder than the last one to solder, you end up with more solder than you need leading to balls and bridges, or less solder than you need leading to dry solder joints.   Sometimes on the same board. 

This is particularly true if for some reason you have a single joint which doesn't wet.  Then the solder ends up left on the tip for the next joint, which then ends up with a big ball, or bridging between a couple of pins.

My current thinking is to switch from the cleaning the tip once at the start of the board which I currently have set up to cleaning multiple times during the process, possibly a lot of times during the process.  My theory is that I should be able to make the process more deterministic that way and eliminate early failures from affecting later ones.




 

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Re: Soldering Machines/Robots for Through holes ? Robotdigg R8 Anyone???
« Reply #76 on: December 10, 2019, 09:00:25 pm »
The solder robot have encoder feedback or use stepper for solder wire in order the amount of solder wire is known? Not only for smoothing the feeding.
Otherwise the robot sw works good?
 

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Re: Soldering Machines/Robots for Through holes ? Robotdigg R8 Anyone???
« Reply #77 on: December 11, 2019, 09:49:24 am »
The solder robot have encoder feedback or use stepper for solder wire in order the amount of solder wire is known? Not only for smoothing the feeding.
Otherwise the robot sw works good?

It doesn't seem to be the feed amount which is the issue, it's the normal variation of how much solder needs to be fed for each joint.   Or said differently:  If each joint takes 1 unit of solder per joint there seems to be some normal variations on how much each joint needs. So some might need 0.9 units and another one might need 1.1 units. 

Or if one pin doesn't wick correctly, that unit of solder ends up left on the tip, so subsequent joints have too much.   
 


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