ECD Thermocouple Attachment – Methods for Attaching Thermocouples to Assembly Boards

ECD produce a range of advanced thermal profiling systems and software for detecting and analysing process temperatures across a number of applications, particularly in the electronics and solar industries. ECD are renowned for the rich data produced by their software and the robustness of their hardware. ECD’s strong reputation has allowed the brand to establish themselves as the thermal profiling choice for engineering professionals across the globe.

ECD Thermocouples are established when two dissimilar metals are joined together using a welded bead. In order for a thermocouple to provide a temperature reading, the welded bead must come into direct contact with the object the user is looking obtain a temperature measurement from. To achieve an accurate thermal profile, it’s vital that the user attaches the thermocouple to the component or solder joint correctly. Obtaining an accurate reading from the outset provides the data needed for ensuring a good result.

Indeed, there are several methods for attaching thermocouples, each appropriate for particular scenarios. The most accurate thermal connections are attained when using materials with similar thermal conductivity to the material being thermally profiled by a user. For instance, if a solder joint is being profiled then a solder connection would be most appropriate, while plastic components should be profiled using a plastic connection.

ECD Thermocouple Attachment Methods

This blog will outline the most effective methods of attaching thermal attachments to assembly boards and how you can choose the best components to provide the most accurate measurements for thermal profiling.

Solder

Attach ECD thermocouples using solder

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Solder provides the most precise attachment method for measuring the thermal profile of solder joints, and has the added advantage of easy application and removal with minimal damage to PCBs.

Epoxy

Epoxy provides a durable solution for attaching thermocouples to assembly boards

Epoxy offers an effective method for obtaining a thermal profile of plastic components and PCB substrates. Epoxy is durable and therefore suitable for long-term use, though it can often be time-consuming to cure and problematic to remove without causing damage to components or the thermocouple.

Kapton and aluminium tapes

ECD thermocouples can be attached using kapton tape

Kapton and Aluminum tapes can be applied and removed easily to reduce the likelihood of damage to components. Aluminum tapes featuring a silicone adhesive are likely to provide the most accurate readings as it will conduct heat through to the thermocouple. While kapton tape may be a good insulator, it should only be used to strain relief the thermocouple wire as it approaches the sense point.

ECD Temprobe

ECD Temprobe

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ECD Temprobe is a patented temperature sensing device, which can be attached and removed easily with no soldering required. The ECD Temprobe therefore safeguards against any potential damage to components and provides a long-term thermocouple solution.


If you’re still unsure about which ECD thermocouple solution is most appropriate for your needs, speak to the team at Kaisertech on +44 (0)23 8065 0065 to discuss your requirements.

BINDER Simulation Test Chambers: Applications and Functionality Explained

Laboratories looking to test the impacts of specific environmental conditions on different materials, electronic devices and components, would be well-advised to invest in a BINDER simulation test chamber oven or incubator.

There is a BINDER test chamber suitable for every application. Indeed, BINDER ovens are currently used in a range of industrial sectors, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemicals
  • Cosmetics
  • Food and beverage
  • Medical and pharmaceutical

With a highly diverse product portfolio - consisting of co2 incubators, constant climate chambers, cooling incubators, drying and heating chambers, growth chambers, safety drying chambers, ultralow temperature freezers, vacuum drying chambers - understanding which Binder test chamber is best suited to the needs of your business may not be easy. This blog will explain the difference between each range of Binder’s product line to better help you select the simulation chamber according to its intended application.

CO2 incubators (series C and CB)

Binder CO2 incubators

These BINDER incubators provide the ideal conditions for cell and tissue growth in a condensation-free environment to minimise the risk of contamination. Both series ensure hot air sterilisation, though the CD series is also equipped with a heat sterilisable CO2 sensor.

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Avantgarde.Line incubators (series BD and BF)

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BD and BF series incubators provide the ideal solution for stable incubation for microbiological cultures. BINDER’s Avantgarde.Line incubators guarantee accurate and reliable results. Equipped with the latest technology to permit rapid temperature equalisation after each time the door is opened. The BD series operates with natural convection, while the BF series functions using forced convection.

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Classic.Line incubators (series B, BD and BF)

Binder incubators

These incubators are ideal for stable incubation. The B series operates with mechanical adjustment, while BD and BF incubators function with natural convection and forced convection respectively.

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Cooling incubators (series KT and KB)

Binder cooling incubators

This range of versatile cooling incubators are more gentle on samples, and are perfect for laboratory work with microorganisms. They deliver exceptional performance at a low level of energy consumption. KB incubators feature the very latest in compressor technology, while KT incubators function using thermoelectric cooling.

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Growth chamber (series KBW and KBWF)

Binder growth chambers

BINDER growth chambers ensure constant light, temperature and humidity to permit plant/organism growth. The KBWF series is equipped with additional functionality to control for humidity inside the test chamber.

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Ultralow temperature freezers (series UF V)

Binder ultralow temperature freezers

With BINDER ultralow temperature freezers provide users with long-term storage options for sensitive samples, at temperatures as low as -86°C.

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Drying and heating chambers (series ED, FD and FED)

Binder drying and heating chambers

The ED, FD and FED series are ideal for drying, heating and sterilising samples - ensuring perfect results every time. The Avantgarde.Line offers a temperature range up to 300°C. The ED series features natural convection, FC and FED chambers use forced convection. Enhancer timer functions are also available with FED series chambers.

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Drying and heating chambers (series E, ED, FD, FED, FP and M)

Binder drying and heating test chambers

All BINDER drying and heating chambers combine exceptional performance with energy efficiency, resulting in reduced long-term operating costs. These test chambers offer a wide temperature range ranging from 5 °C to 300 °C. These versatile drying ovens are suitable for a wide range of applications. The FP and M series allows users to test materials with forced convection and individual programming.

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Safety drying chambers (series FDL)

Binder safety drying ovens

Binder FDL chambers ensure symmetric airflow to provide the perfect environment for drying paints and coating materials that contain solvents.

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Vacuum drying chambers (series VD and VDL)

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The VD and VDL drying chambers dry samples gently to avoid oxidation or scaling. Both flammable and inflammable samples can be quickly dried using these vacuum drying chambers.

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Constant climate chambers (series KBF, KBF P, KBF LQC and KMF)

Binder constant climate test chambers

Constant climate chambers are able to test material behaviours under constant preset humidity levels and temperatures.

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Dynamic climate chambers (series MK, MKF, MKT and MKFT)

Dynamic climate chambers from Binder

These dynamic climate chambers allow users to test the impacts of more complex, changing climate and temperature profiles within the range of -40°C (MK/MKF) or -70°C (MKT/MKFT) up to 180 °C (all models). The MKF and MKFT series also enable users to regulate humidity levels within the range of 10% to 98% RH.

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BINDER environmental simulation chambers feature the latest technology to guarantee accurate, replicable results

All BINDER test chamber ovens have been designed to meet strict laboratory requirements, and are equipped with the latest cutting edge technology, designed to meet the very highest demands in scientific and industrial industries. With every constant climate, incubator and drying/heating chamber, users can be assured of accurate simulations of specific chemical, biological or environmental conditions. Binder are international market leaders that pride themselves on routinely delivering ‘made in Germany’ quality test chambers that are able to support a wide range of applications and processes.

BINDER’s expertise and innovation, coupled with extensive research and productive development, ensure that every simulation chamber provides real added value to all laboratories. The 22,000 Binder environmental chambers sold annually to laboratories around the globe further illustrates the benefit each test chamber oven brings to each research facility.

It really is no surprise why so many respected companies and research facilities depend on BINDER environmental simulation chambers.

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With such a wide range of BINDER climatic chambers and incubators available, Kaisertech are well-placed to suggest which model would be best suited to the needs of your business. Give us a call on +44 (0)23 8065 0065 to discuss your requirements, pricing and arranging an on-site demonstration.

Fume Extraction Systems: Removing Dust, Smoke and Fumes from the Production Area

It is strongly advisable that the presence of smoke and fumes in the production area is dealt with safely using a fume extraction or fume filtering system. This safeguards workers against the potentially damaging effects of inhaling smoke and fumes. Indeed, there are a number of possible health complications that may result from exposure to hazardous smoke and fumes, including asthma and respiratory conditions.

Furthermore, fume extraction systems improve efficiency in the production process and help keep equipment clean.

Health and safety legislation means that employers are legally responsible for reducing any potential risks to the health, safety and welfare of their employees in the workplace. A lack of compliance with health and safety regulations could result in expensive legal action being taken against an employer, the issuing of fines and poor morale among workers.

Kaisertech offers a broad range of dust and fume extraction solutions including:

Kaisertech’s range includes products from two market leaders in the fume extraction industry: PUREX and AirBench.

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Purex fume extraction systems

Purex manufacture high quality industrial fume extraction systems that incorporate the very latest technology allowing for efficient and safe removal of potentially hazardous fumes - perfect for solder fume extraction.

Regarded a world expert in the industry, Purex are renowned for the quality and reliability of their fume extraction systems, owing to their continual efforts to improve upon their already cutting edge technology. All Purex products are made with the following objectives in mind: improving product quality, lowering production costs, protecting the health of workers and minimising environmental impacts.

Purex offer a range of industrial fume extraction solutions

Purex industrial fume extraction system

Purex produce a range of fume extraction cabinets, which have been coated internally to ensure corrosion resistance. Typically, analogue fume extraction systems represent a low-cost solution - analogue models include the Purex Fume Buster. While digital fume extraction systems, such as the Purex System 200, provide users with greater control and performance - featuring a graphic display.

Analogue fume extraction systems feature a LED light on the front panel. When the filter is getting close to being blocked the LED will turn yellow, allowing the user time to acquire and fit a replacement filter before the current filter becomes fully blocked. Should the filter become fully blocked the LED will turn red and an alarm will sound.

Purex fume extraction filters have many unique features compared to rival products:

  • These filters offer maximum airflow as a result of high pressure blowers that overcome resistance to airflow for much longer after filters start becoming blocked. This means the filters tend to last much longer.
  • Independent tests have revealed that these filters remove 99.997% of all fume particles greater than 0.3 microns.
  • Purex filters are unburstable as a result of reinforcing.
  • Extended life span - these filters have been designed to provide a greater filter surface area than those used in many other competitors, meaning that they require changing less frequently.
  • Flow plates improve the distribution of airflow, which improves the robustness of these filters.
  • Durable construction ensures that no fumes are able to pass through the filter and escape back into the working environment.

AirBench downdraught benches for dust and fume extraction

AirBench manufactures environmentally friendly workbenches with integrated downdraught dust and fume extraction technology, which provides an ideal solution for eradicating harmful dust and fumes that pose a risk to workers' health and wellbeing. Alternative solutions often circulate fumes upwards close to a worker's face and may therefore fail to adequately tackle the potential risks of exposure to harmful dust and fumes.

AirBench are the UK’s leading manufacturer of downdraught dust and fume extraction benches, with 10,000 AirBench workbenches currently in use across the globe. AirBench workbenches need little intervention from users, helping to increase productivity levels while the benches quietly and efficiently remove the dust or fumes that result from production.

AirBench range

Downdraught fume extraction

The AirBench EX is a standard duty downdraught bench suitable for both fume and dust extraction. The AirBench FN, FP and FPK are the heavy duty alternatives - FPK provides the operator with kneespace for seated production.

The AirBench RP is designed for high-volume dust extraction, equipped with an integral filter cleaning mechanism.

The AirBench FPW offers the best solution for welding and grinding fume extraction.


If you’re unsure which fume extraction system would be best suited to the needs of your business, Kaisertech are happy to offer advice to help you create a safe working environment. Give us a call on +44 (0)23 8065 0065 to discuss your requirements, pricing and arranging an on-site demonstration.