Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Top 5 Techniques to Maintain a Soldering System

Maintaining A Working Soldering System

Modern soldering tips are made from iron which is plated with nickel or chrome and surrounds a simple copper core. The plating is important because solder won’t stick to chrome or nickel, but if the plating is flawed, the solder will stick to the exposed iron. This leads to increased oxidation – the process that causes rusting – on the tip. To prevent this process, soldering tips can be protected with a layer of tin, but, there are many different ways to maintain a system to keep you from getting to this point. To give your soldering system the longest life possible, try following these guidelines:

1. Keep the tip clean. Solder can build up over time and begin to damage the tip. In order to keep the tip clean, wipe it periodically with a damp sponge. The trick is to wipe it just often enough to prevent buildup and damage. Because touching the tip to dampness changes the temperature of the metals in the tip and makes them contract or expand, it is not advisable to wipe too often. The contracting and expanding can lead to fatigue and collapse. Using an extra porous “yellow sponge” can help to maintain dampness for a longer period of time. Check out for a full range of soldering tip cleaning sponges. Additionally, to clean your tips right next to the point of work JBC offers a full range of tip cleaning methods all of which support JBC Tools tip cleaning stand.

2. Keep the heat low. Oxidation is a problem with soldering systems because high heat increases the rate of oxidation. A good practice for soldering system maintenance, as well as general safety, is to turn off the iron when it’s not in direct use. Keep in mind that JBC Soldering Irons automatically go into hibernation mode when not in use. Completing all soldering for a project at the same time also simplifies the care process and reduces the number of times the tip gets tinned. Temperature-controlled soldering stations are also available to maintain the temperature at an appropriate level.

3. Prevent plating cracks. When too much pressure is applied to the tip, the plating can crack. It can be tempting to think that more pressure will aid in heat transfer, but this is incorrect. When appropriate, maximizing the contact area by using as large a tip is a better way to transfer heat more effectively. Additionally, iron is not very tough, and when it cracks, the crack moves all the way down to the copper core. The solder then dissolves it, leaving you with a hollow tip. To prevent cracking, refrain from banging the tip when reinserting the handle.

4. Use the proper cleaning tools. Do not use abrasive materials to clean the iron. Sandpaper and wire brushes will damage the metals in the iron. Likewise, do not dip the iron in solder flux to clean it, as flux can also damage, or corrode, the tip metal. If the tip becomes blackened, and a wet sponge fails to clean it, then brass wool, inox wool, or even a tinning block can be used. To use a tinning block, a small amount of flux is placed on the block and the tip of the iron is rubbed in it. The tip is then wiped on the sponge to remove the remains.

5. Use good-quality solder. Cheap solder has impurities that can build up on the tip. A good quality solder will have a high metal purity and a high percentage of tin. When you are finished soldering, clean the solder tip and then flood it with solder. Once it is set, wipe it again then store the iron. This tins the tip, which protects it against oxidation.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

RMST-1A and RMST-2A Soldering Kits

Micro soldering technologies have improved dramatically over recent years, providing users with new, easy-to-use and inclusive means of soldering. There are a myriad of different nano soldering irons and kits available on the market, and it can be hard to determine which is best for you. Some kits are best for hot air soldering, while others are designed for what is called digital soldering – a new, highly advanced technique being used in the creation of the latest nano computer and smartphone technologies as well as medical technologies.
There are two affordable, all-inclusive kits available on the market today that are often considered the best choice for those customers looking for a well-made micro soldering station. They are the JBC Soldering Tools RMST 1A and 2A Premium Series Rework Station Kits. They are identical with the exception that the 1A is 120V and for use in the USA only while the 2A is 230V and for use in Europe.

About the RMST-1A and RMST-2A Rework Station kits

These kits are designed with JBC’s Advanced system and contain all the necessary equipment for in-depth micro or nano soldering. The entire RMST kit includes a 120V/230V station, a high power hot air control unit, tool control unit, electronic suction module, stands, desoldering irons, soldering handpiece, two desoldering tips, a cartridge for the T245 handpiece and a tip cleaning system stand. Additionally, the kit is designed to work with other compatible JBC micro soldering instruments, making it a great addition for anyone who already has a partial set of micro-assembly tools.
Perfect for moderate-to-advanced soldering, the RMST 1A and 2A kits are quick to set up and easy to use, providing a safe and effective experience during the precision electronic assembly process. The kits also boast an advanced cooling system leading to longer product-lives for the microchips and other items assembled on the station.
For soldering projects involving printed circuit boards, the RMST 1A and 2A include a JT high power hot air soldering station and related accessories to make these specialized jobs easier to complete. The accessories include a heater stand, an extractor stand with extractors and tripods. All these accessories can fit in the useful drawers attached to the station.
These two kits provide everything one needs for high quality advanced soldering and desoldering tasks. These are inclusive kits made by JBC – a leading manufacturer in the micro assembly industry – and are made from the highest quality materials utilizing the most advanced technologies available today. Whether working with hot air soldering techniques or the more advanced digital soldering methods, these kits are designed for advanced projects that require the utmost precision and fine tuning.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nano Soldering Stations

Nano Soldering Stations Explained

It seems that – with each passing year and technology continuing to improve – soldering equipment keeps getting smaller. The rapid advances in mobile technology have been possible as a result of a dramatic increase in the efficiency, availability and dropping costs of small, nano products. These are very tiny pieces of electronic equipment that allow for powerful computing resources through a very small chip.
Nevertheless, someone has to make that chip, and they must also be able to repair it. Nano chips are no different from a traditional computer chip in that it must be designed and built in an extremely precise manner. This has led to a new type of soldering referred to as nano soldering and, in turn, had led to new soldering equipment.

What is Nano Soldering?

For most purposes, nano soldering is the soldering of incredibly small, micro components. As nanotechnology continues to advance and technological devices get smaller, more powerful and more complex, we need more advanced tools for the assembly and repair of these components. Nano soldering is the method by which these chips and other components can be easily, safely and effectively built and repaired, despite their small size.

Why Use a Nano Soldering Station?

First and foremost, there are soldering projects that a traditional soldering iron and machine just cannot handle. The need for precision or the small size of the project is not conducive to the use of a full-sized or even micro soldering station. Nano soldering stations allow scientists and engineers to perform experiments or try out new technologies that were not possible with a traditional soldering iron, opening up new realms of possibility for future technologies on the nano level.
These systems are small and save valuable workspace. They also tend to use less energy than traditional soldering stations while providing powerful soldering at moderate and even high temperatures. These systems are also designed with advanced cooling technologies that make them easier to work with and more durable.
The introduction of nanotechnology and nano soldering has led to research and development into new alloys and other components that can handle even higher temperatures than previously used materials. This opens up a new realm of opportunity in high heat soldering. These soldering irons and stations are so precise that they can be used with magnification to view items at a microscopic level.

The Value of Nano Soldering Kits

Janel Online sells nano soldering kits, which are full systems that include everything one might need for nano soldering, from top brands like JBC Tools and more. These kits come with the basic station, irons, tools and other accessories needed to allow one to get the most out of the advanced tool set. These kits are available at different voltage levels, depending on the requirements of the work being done.
A kit is an affordable and easy way to ensure that you get all the tools, accessories, irons and different systems that you need for the varied projects needed to be performed on said station. Much easier than piecing all the parts together to create a kit, a packaged kit does the hard work for you and ensures that you have all the tools needed for the job.
Nano soldering has brought about the ability to safely, effectively and easily solder and repair incredibly small computer or other technological components. It is beneficial to use in that these systems are advanced, powerful and precise enough for even the tiniest of jobs, they have features that work to reduce the heat associated with soldering that ruins irons and other parts and allows for higher temperature jobs than other soldering systems offer. Nano soldering kits are great, all-purpose kits that provide one with all the tools, accessories and other bits that will be needed for any nano soldering project, making it much simpler than buying each part separately.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Google Data Centers use Desco Industries Reztore

In October we received an email from Desco.  Desco, one of the manufacturers we distribute had informed us that Google opened it's data center doors most recently.  When Google opened it's doors the massive company provided us with beautiful photographs on how the facilities look and operate.

While clicking through images Desco found that Google just so happens to use Desco's Reztore Surface and Mat Cleaner.  You can see the pink bottle provided from an image from Google.  For more photographs like this one taken by Connie Zhou you can have a look here.

Reztore is designed to remove solder flux, and normal debris (such as dust, dirt, and fingerprints) from surfaces.  It contains no dyes or coloring agents, is non-flammable, non-toxic, and does not contain silicone or other substances that will leave an insulative residue on surfaces.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Product Release: JBC Soldering Tips

We're happy to announce that we made it out of Hurricane Sandy's reach unscathed and are back in business eager to assist you with all of your production assembly requirements and questions.

With that said, we are also excited to announce several new additions to the JBC Tools Soldering Line.  This reputable soldering company has released four new soldering cartridges.  The series which have been expanded are the C245, the C130 and the C210.  JBC C245 Soldering Cartridges are the largest family of the JBC Soldering Tip family.  For more information, visit our most recent, new product release page on  Or for further assistance, please feel free to reach us personally by contacting us directly by telephone (1-800-782-4487) or by live chat.