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Temperature loggers for soldering and coating cure processes

30 July 2018

Fluke Process Instruments launches a new range of data loggers for temperature profiling in short and medium-duration processes in the electronics and paint and powder-coating industries.

The Datapaq DP5 series is optimised for ovens with a low clearance and reflow solder applications. A machined-from-solid aluminum case ensures protection for the electronics when used in an industrial environment. Users can pick from various profiler formats for the best match to process restrictions.

The loggers are available in six and 12 thermocouple input versions. They provide a ±0.5°C accuracy and a ±0.1°C resolution over the full measuring and operating temperature ranges. Measurements can be started and stopped manually, via two colour-coded buttons, or triggered by time or temperature.

The loggers combine ease of use with minimal running costs; they feature a user-replaceable NimH battery pack, which can be recharged from any USB outlet or port. One 90min charge allows for more than 40h of profiling. The sampling intervals can be set between 20ms and 10min.

One logger can survey up to 10 ovens in succession, storing individual profiles with up to 600k data points in total. Downloads via the USB or Bluetooth connections can therefore be scheduled more efficiently. An integrated radio transmitter optionally provides real-time data from within the process.

All process and system data can be communicated to factory-monitoring systems via the OPC interface. The standard Datapaq Insight software quickly transforms the raw data into actionable information. It now includes the Easy Oven Setup recipe calculator, SPC, and trending analysis. Fluke says the new Datapaq Insight Professional software includes the Surveyor profiling tool that measures process performance at the critical board level and reduces the need for Golden Boards.

Furthermore, the portfolio includes a complete range of thermal barriers for all industry needs. All Datapaq DP5 loggers are supported with a full one-year warranty. Complementing the warranty, the manufacturer offers a yearly service and recalibration contract, which includes free software updates and loan equipment for guaranteed peace of mind.