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Connection Validation Soldering System

Metcal soldering stations have led the way with SmartHeat® technology for 35 years. SmartHeat senses the thermal load and instantly delivers Power on Demand directly to the joint.

The embedded, self-regulating heater delivers the right amount of power based on the requirements of the solder joint. This provides a fast, safe and repeatable process with no calibration required. 

Currently, the industry standard relies on a visual inspection of the solder joint. Metcal has developed a better way… Introducing Connection Validation.

The intermetallic compound thickness is critical in the formation of a solder joint. Connection Validation (CV) evaluates the quality of the solder joint by calculating the intermetallic compound formation and provides closed loop feedback to the operator. CV provides feedback to the operator via the LED light ring integrated in the hand-piece. It takes the risk associated with the variables involved in the soldering activity and removes the success and failure determination of a good solder joint out of the hands of the operator. CV complements the skill of the operator to judge the quality of a solder joint by introducing an objective method of evaluating solder joint quality. This systemic and objective approach provides repeatability and a measureable standard to the soldering process.

Metcal offers eight different hand-pieces and upgrade kits for the Connection Validation Soldering system. These ergonomic hand-pieces transform the CV system into a complete soldering solution for a wide variety of applications.

CV System Configuration

Part Number Description
CV-5210 Solder System includes:
CV-PS5200 Power Supply
CV-H1-AV Advanced hand-piece for CV with LED light
CV-CP1 Cartridge Removal Pad
CV-W1AV TipSaver Workstand

Features and Benefits

  • SmartHeat Power on Demand Technology
  • Patented Connection Validation IMC Formation Technology
  • 2.8” color touchscreen with bold graphics
  • Communications Port for process traceability data and firmware graphics
  • Precise tip temperature display
  • Integrated Net Power Meter and power graph
  • Patented Chip-in-Cartridge technology
  • Closed loop bi-directional communication
  • Stores and records cartridge attributes
  • Provides traceability information
  • Protects power supply from non-conforming cartridges
  • Backwards compatible with MX series power supplies
  • Password protection

Metcal’s new CV Monitor software collects vital process information!

Improve your solder process traceability and create a performance baseline using CV's intelligent cartridges plus CV-5000 Monitor software. Using our Connection Validation patented technology, CV Monitor software allows you to capture solder process information over time for each joint when attached to the communication port.

You'll get:
  • Intermetallic Compound Formation (IMC Formation)*
  • Power demand
  • Tip temperature
  • Solder time
*Metcal Exclusive
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Hand Soldering Training Videos

Connection Validation Hand Soldering System (2 Minutes)

Metcal Connection Validation Training Video (11 Minutes)

Technical Specification

CV-5210 Connection Validation Power Supply:

Ambient Operating Temp. 10 to 40 °C
Max. Enclosure Temp. 55°C
Input Line Voltage 100 – 240 VAC, grounded circuit
Input Line Frequency 50/60 Hz
Rated Power Consumption 125W
Output Power 80W max
Output Frequency 13.56 MHz
Heating Method Induction
Display 2.8” Color TFT LCD Display
Resolution 320*240 RGB
Size 2.8” Diagonal
Active Area 43.20 x 57.60 mm
Connections Single Port
Communications USB
Power Supply Dim. w x d x h (mm) 121 x 130 x 235
Power Supply Weight (kg) 3.35
Certification / Marking CE TUV
Tip-to- Ground Potential 2mV
Tip-to-Ground Resistance 2ohms
Idle Temperature Stability 1.1°C in still air
Tip Temperature Accuracy Meets or exceeds IPC J-STD-001 Standard
Hand-piece cable length L=183cm (72”), burn proof, ESD safe
Hand-piece connectors
RF Connector F type power connector
LED Power Connector 6 pin DIN
Operation 2 single port or dynamic dual simultaneous
Firmware upgrade Via USB port and appropriate software with compatible computer and cables.

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