Author Topic: JBC JT6040 Hot Air Station - a look inside + accessories - worth the money ?  (Read 5744 times)

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And to finish,

For fans of my able assistant Bailey who always wants to help me when I work on equipment !  He carries out an initial 'cat scan' to determine whether the 'patient' is worthy of his attention. On this occasion he found nothing very interesting and so decided he was better off playing outside than 'helping me' further  ;D  He is a very inquisitive little chap and great company  :-+ Bailey is only two years old and still very much a kitten at heart  :)

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Top down view of the Mk1 and Mk2 JT6040 Hot Air Stations for easy comparison  :)
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I have just got around to looking at the open circuit heater that came with the spares donor unit. I am please to say that the element is nowhere hear as badly damaged as some I have seen in hot air stations. I had one faulty unit come to me and the 'rats nest' of an element was a mass of melted wire along its entire length. Thankfully that element cost only $10 to replace. The JT6040 element is  not available separately from the barrel and is a smaller diameter than used in most hot air stations. Including taxes, the JT6040 element 'module' costs around £250 ! I would like a spare element as insurance so there is some incentive to repair the faulty element, if feasible.

I consider that I got lucky with the failure of the element. it could have been so much worse. I extracted the element from the hot air barrel and its associated thick mica insulator tube. It is the same 'rats nest' design found in many hot air stations. it is an element design that has always puzzled me. It has no real former and looks so disorganised.

The heating element appears to have been the victim of abuse or a fall. The ceramic is broken and the end few turns of element have burnt out. Thankfully the break in the element is at the very end and limited to few turns so I can connect the remaining element to the power terminating node at the tip. I will have to carefully wrap the element wire around the thicker metal termination node and weld it in place using a carbon rod welder  :) The loss of a few turns of the element is unlikely to cause any issues in this use case. I will repair the broken ceramic 'spine' using a combination of  high temperature stove glass adhesive and high temperature ceramic cement. It should do the job and I have used it previously to repair a mineral insulated heating element that had shorted to its metal casing.

Pictures of the poorly element attached. The repair will have to wait until I have more time but at least I now know it appears to be a viable repair. I need to make a simple carbon rod welder  to weld the element but that can be done with nothing more complex than a carbon (graphite), some clamps, thick wire and a car battery  ;) This is small scale carbon rod welding.

In case anyone is wondering why there appear to be two thermocouples in the heating element.... there are. The JT6040 monitors the temperature entering the heater and leaving it. Most other hot air stations monitor only the temperature of the air leaving the heating element and wand/handpiece barrel. The JBC monitors the Delta T across the heating element as part of its closed loop temperature control system.

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Hi Fraser ... Related to JBC 6040 : How could be possible to get the "service" schematics of the Power Bd. ?? is there anybody could arrange one ? the electrical block-diagram doesn't help Fault-Finding ...
 

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hOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE REPAIRS WITHOUT HAVING THE RELATED ELECTRICAL SCHEMATICS ... !
 

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No schematics are available.

You have to reverse engineer the PCB if you need detailed schematics. I often have to do this as few manufacturers will release schematics these days. Sometimes just the topology of the PCB provides enough information for fault finding

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Nice machine tho for sure. This gives me idea's, like those heatshields. I could make something like that from a tin can. I've melted too many plastic things and scorched too many caps when desoldering. The auto lifter's are pretty nice too. And not impossible for someone to versions of. I guess that's what the fishtank pump was for.
 


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