Weller to Supply Stations for SMTA Space Coast Expo Soldering Challenge


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Weller Tools, the world’s No. 1 brand in hand soldering solutions, is providing two soldering stations to support the SMTA Space Coast Chapter’s Third Annual Soldering Challenge at the upcoming exhibition and Tech Forum. The event will take place at 1 p.m. on November 20 at the Melbourne Auditorium in Melbourne, Florida.

During the challenge, 48 contestants, divided into eight heats, will be assigned the task of building a standard IPC mechanical sample circuit card assembly, using current soldering methods and materials, within a specified time frame. Tools will be furnished by participating vendors and suppliers, including Weller. Prizes will be awarded to the most and best solder joints per IPC-610 completed during the challenge.

In addition to donating two soldering stations for the Soldering Challenge, Weller is co-hosting the technical symposium with KIC, Indium Corporation and MicroCare Corporation.

Scheduled to take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the focus of the full-day reliability event is to gather electronics industry leaders to deliver presentations in the areas of their expertise.  Four technical presentations will be presented:

1. Industry 4.0 the Next Revolution: Smart Factory, MB Allen, KIC

2. Understanding Reliability of Low-Temperature Solders and New Developments in Low-Temperature Solder Materials: Kim Flanagan, Indium

3. Reliability of Robotics for Electronic Manufacturing: Bubba Powers, Weller Professional Tools

4. Cleaning for Reliability in Electronics: Emily Peck, MicroCare

The symposium is open to both SMTA member and non-members. Contact the SMTA Space Coast to register.

About Weller Tools

The Weller name stands for pioneering solutions in soldering technology. Founded in 1945, the company quickly grew to become the market leader in manual soldering technology. Weller's extensive range of products includes innovative solutions for industry and trade. The company's areas of expertise include conventional soldering technology such as extraction systems, precision tools and solutions involving screws, bolts and robots as well as many other benchtop products and services.

Weller Tools is part of the umbrella company Apex Tool Group, LLC. Apex Tool Group, LLC, headquartered in Sparks, Maryland, is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high performance hand and power tools, tool storage, drill chucks, chain and electrical soldering products for industrial, commercial and demanding do-it-yourself applications. ATG designs, manufactures, markets, and sells proprietary brands, including GEARWRENCH, Crescent, SATA, Cleco, Weller®, and APEX and also designs and manufactures a number of private label tool brands for retailers. ATG sells its products through direct, retail, professional and trade channels to customers in over 115 countries, and serves a multitude of global markets, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, energy, hardware, industrial, and consumer retail.

Learn more at www.apextoolgroup.com.

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