Thermaltronics Sets Sights on Hand Soldering System Leadership


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Thermaltronics, a fast-growing manufacturer of precision hand soldering systems incorporating the unique Curie Point technology, is embarking on an aggressive marketing campaign in the USA.

While a relative “newcomer” in the world of hand soldering and rework, Thermaltronics is staffed by experienced industry experts whose knowledge of both the market and the Curie Point technology is unsurpassed.

In fact, two of its key executives, Zen Lee and Michael Gouldsmith, were previously with OKI/Metcal and together have over 35 years of global experience in this industry. Lee was previously the managing director of all operations of OKI/Metcal in Southeast Asia, including production, product development and sales. Gouldsmith, who was based in the company HQ in California, was the president and CEO of OKI/Metcal and led the sale of OKI/Metcal to the Dover Corporation in 2000.

With all the changes taking place in the industry and with the Metcal patent on the Curie Point technology expiring, Lee and Gouldsmith decided to start again—naming the new company Thermaltronics.

Thermaltronics has sought to introduce new ideas and make improvements in the way products are manufactured and certified. This process was made easier by the fact both management and operations people in Thermaltronics had previous experience of the hand soldering and rework market.

However, Thermaltronics does not want to be a “follower” and today has developed a comprehensive soldering robot, incorporating dual-head operation, 6-axis control, vision, mapping and dynamic laser height adjustment.

“Rather than taking a simple robotic approach, we first studied how a human operator works,” comments Zen. “We then replicated these movements in the robot, allowing for a decision-making process to take place.”

Thermaltronics will continue its drive to be a leader in hand and robotic soldering and is already working on the next-generation systems.  It is this drive for success that has inspired Lee and Gouldsmith to seek new adventures in the industry.

For more information, visit www.thermaltronics.com.

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