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Connection Validation Soldering Systems

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 measurable standard to the soldering process.

Metcal’s Connection Validation technology is available in two different configurations. The CV-5210 is the deluxe system featuring 80 watts of a power for a variety of applications. The CV-510 is the companion system with 40 watts of power, it is perfect when you are working on smaller loads that don’t require the power of the CV-5210.

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 Configurations

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
Part Number Description
CV-510 Solder System includes:
CV-PS500 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
  • Integrated Net Power Meter
  • Password Protection
  • Communications port for process traceability and firmware updates
  • 2.8" color touchscreen with bold graphics
  • Precise temperature display
  • Ground Fault Detection and ESD compliance monitoring
  • No Calibration Required with on board statement
  • Patented Chip-in-Cartridge Technology:
  • Protects power supply from non-conforming cartridges
  • Tip usage counter to track tip life
  • Stores and records cartridge attributes
  • Provides traceability information
  • Backwards compatible with MX series power supplies

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:

  CV-PS5200 Power Supply CV-PS500 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 45W
Output Power 80W max 40W 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 235 121 x 121 x 222
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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