Solder Fume Extraction

The Need for Fume Extraction

Many types of dust and fume are hazardous to health if inhaled. People can become permanently sensitised to fumes which means that continued exposure, even to very small amounts of fume, may cause asthma attacks or other respiratory diseases. A high performance fume extraction system will help to:-

  • Protect employee health.
  • Ensure compliance with Health & Safety regulations such as OSHA, NIOSH C.O.S.H.H, MAK, AFNOR, or equivalent.
  • Increase production speeds.
  • Reduce complaints by operators due to odours, dust and vapours.
  • Avoid possible cost of health compensation claims.
  • Reduce the cost & time to cleaning laser lenses, conveyors, guarding, soldering machines and other equipment.
  • Reduce product contamination.
  • Provide a better working environment.
  • Reduce downtime.

Which Extraction System?

These are usually two types of extraction system available:-

  • External - pump contaminated air into the environment outside the building
  • Internal - at source capture and filtration or LEV (local exhaust ventillation) system

In our opinion the best system to use is an LEV system such as a Purex. These capture fumes at the source thereby preventing fumes escaping into the workplace. They also filter hazardous particles and gasses which would otherwise be pumped into the outside environment causing pollution.

Using an internal filter system also avoids issues with environmental regulations and potential complaints from neighbouring businesses about fumes and odours.

Purex LEV systems sit next to the process and the extraction rate can be altered precisely to suit the application. Purex machines are also easy to move if the process moves.

LEV systems have additional benefits over external exhaust systems.


Examples of hazardous fumes

Processes that create hazardous dust and fume

Many industrial processes can generate harmful dust and fume. Essentially any operation where a material is cut, marked or physically altered in any way has the potential to produce harmful materials.

Some common processes which produce harmful fumes:

  • Laser & Inkjet Coding
  • Laser Engraving
  • Printing
  • Hand & Machine Soldering
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacture
  • Laboratory & Cleanroom Work

Soldering - An example of a hazardous process.

HSE statistics (2004/05) showing incidence rates of occupational asthma reported by chest physicians puts rosin based solder flux fume in the top ten.

Occupational asthma is an allergic reaction that can occur in some people when they are exposed to certain substances in the workplace, for example solder fume. These substances are called 'respiratory sensitisers' or asthmagens. They can cause a change in people’s airways, known as the 'hypersensitive state'. Not everyone who becomes sensitised goes on to get asthma. But once the lungs become hypersensitive, further exposure to the substance, even at quite low levels, may trigger an attack.

Early symptoms from fume exposure can include:

  • watering, prickly eyes
  • running or blocked nose
  • sore throat
  • coughing, wheezing, tight chest and breathlessness.

Rosin based solder flux fume is generated when rosin based solder flux is heated. During hand soldering the fume rises vertically on thermal currents created by the heat of the iron, entering the breathing zone of the worker as they lean over their work. The quantity of fume emitted will depend on a number of variables including: the rosin content; the solder temperature; and the size, spread and number of joints being worked.

Assuming substitution is not possible and the lowest rosin content solder flux for the job has been selected the main emphasis is to optimise the solder temperature and to provide effective fume extraction. Solder machines should always be enclosed and extracted. Whilst for hand soldering the extraction control solutions will depend on:

  • the soldering temperature,
  • the soldering time,
  • the size, spread and number of joints being worked,
  • the shape of the workpiece,
  • the size of the work area; and
  • the number of people soldering per period.

Rosin based solder flux fume (RBSFF) is a hazardous substance under COSHH 2002 (as amended) and has been assigned both a “sen” notation and a “skin” notation indicating it is capable of causing both occupational asthma and skin sensitisation. RBSFF has Work Place Exposure Limits (WELs) of:

  • 0.05 mg/m3 – 8 Hr time weighed average (full shift exposure averaged over eight hours); and
  • 0.15 mg/m3 – 15 minute TWA (15-minute reference period)

The new Mantis Elite-Cam HD

The new Mantis Elite-Cam HD bringing image capture capabilities to the outstanding optical performance of Mantis.

Mantis Elite-Cam HD is a variant of the successful Mantis Elite stereo microscope, with an internally integrated USB2.0 digital camera, bringing image capture capabilities to the outstanding optical performance of Mantis.

  • Patented optical technology for fatigue-free viewing and superb image quality with up to 20x magnification
  • Quickly and simply add annotations / mark-up to captured images using the uEye software supplied
  • Image capture in a variety of formats (.bmp, .jpg & .png)
  • Video recording (.avi), ideal for training purposes

Find out how Mantis Elite-Cam HD can help you increase throughput for goods-in, production, QA, or final inspection.


The NEW JBC DDE 2 Tool System

The new control unit manages up to 2 tools simultaneously. It offers full connectivity to any JBC soldering or desoldering tools.

It works with the JBC exclusive heating system and the intelligent sleep & hibernation modes.

It features all the Excellence range benefits such as station customization, full control of soldering processes and remote work management.

The easy-to-use menu offers innovative functions to help you monitor the work in real time: graphics, partial counters, simultaneous control of ports, etc.

For more info on this latest range from JBC please email:

[email protected] or [email protected]

Simco-Ion’s Top Gun Ionising Air Gun

Simco-Ion, is the world's largest manufacturer of static control products and has been providing complete solutions to electrostatic issues in a wide range of industries since 1936.  Simco-Ion’s comprehensive product line incorporates years of research, engineering, and field experience. You can be sure of receiving maximum performance and reliability.

One of our most popular Simco-Ion's products we sell here at Kaisertech is the Simco-Ion’s Top Gun Ionising Air Gun which is a high-performance ionising air gun designed for a wide variety of electronic manufacturing, medical and assembly applications. Balanced to 0±15V, the Top Gun features high blow-off force and low air consumption providing high efficiency cleaning and maximum static charge decay. A filter at the exit of the gun ensures that the air is clean.

-Lightweight, Ergonomic Design
-Flow Control Valve for Adjustable Airflow
-Electrically balanced ion output
-Integrated, Replaceable Filter-Nozzle
-Ionization Indicator Light

For any more information on Simco-Ion's or the Ionising air gun please don't hesitate to contact us:

[email protected] or [email protected]

JBC improves the DI Control Unit with a new screen

As done with the Compact Line, JBC has incorporated a glass screen on more stations.

JBC has launched the DI 1 Tool Control Unit with a new screen following the design of the Excellence range. This change is registered with the letter "D" in the reference and is the result of adapting the stations to JBC's new range of equipment. Those Premium stations that include the new DI control unit also change their references. Now available online!

- DI-D 1 Tool Control Unit

- DIT-D Soldering station

- DIR-D Precision Soldering station

- DIS-D Desoldering station with Electric Pump

- DIV-D Desoldering station with Pneumatic Pump

- DSS-D Micro Desoldering station

JBC constantly innovates its products with the best features to improve the user experience.

For more information on any of the JBC systems please don't hesitate to contact the sales team:

[email protected] or [email protected]

The Smartest Profiler on the Planet!

SuperM.O.L.E.® Gold 2 is a value-packed thermal profiling workhorse most often relied upon for in-transit thermal profiling work. With the world renown SuperM.O.L.E.® Gold pedigree, ECD advances the state-of-the-art with 3, 6 and 20-channel MEGA platform model choices, and 6-channels is most often specified for process development, R&D and Validation with WaveRIDER® NL 2 & OvenRIDER® NL 2.

The core functionality enhancements include:
-Waste-No Runs: New ECD Technology : color-coded channel indicators PLUS individual channel LEDs on profiler

*RED indicates channel is "active", as configured in the software, and
*GREEN indicates that thermocouple is plugged in and a complete circuit

-Save Steps: 96 Thermal Profile storage let's you download when you are ready
-Built-in patented "OK Button" compares a thermal profile to spec & gives a GO or NO-GO decision
-Protect your Time & Profiler: health Indicators (Core Temperature; Battery state; RF) help prevent wasted time and damage
-Auto Detect: Thermal Profiler automatically recognizes the RIDER 2 series process test pallets
-Optional 2-Way RF is pre-plumbed and available at time of purchase or future upgrade
-Single-piece construction: no separate battery module; ~5x charge-life of current SuperM.O.L.E.® Gold. Estimated 4-5 year battery-life
-Easy to Use: Fast upload, download and charge through USB

For any more information on this product please contact the sales team on either:

[email protected] or [email protected]

JBC extends the C245 cartridge range with 4 new models

Work faster and increase productivity with special cartridges for specific soldering applications.

JBC cartridges offer excellent heat transfer, great durability and instantaneous heating up. By using the sleep & hibernation mode, a tip life lasts up to 5 times longer.

C245-771 Cartridge Bent 1 x 0.1
Special cartridge with bent tip for soldering between pins.

C245-772 Cartridge Nickel 1.4 x 0.7 S1
Special cartridge with pure nickel tip for HMP (High Melting Point) soldering. 

It replaces the C245-753 cartridge since its thermal performance has been improved by as much as 25%. The operator can work faster and increase productivity.

C245-773 Cartridge Chisel 0.8 x 0.3
This cartridge is a slender version of the C245742 for general soldering.

C245-774 Cartridge Chisel 1.2 x 0.3
This is the slender version of the C245906 for general soldering.

C245 Cartridges work with T245 handpieces and also with T470 handpieces only when being used with Modular stations.

JBC Compact Line’s new look

JBC launches the compact stations with the new glass screen.

JBC has improved the glass screen of the compact stations following the design of the excellence range.

This change is registered with the letter "D" in the reference and is the result of adapting the Compact Line to JBC's new range of equipment.

Now available online:

CD-BD Soldering station
CD-SD Precision Soldering station
CP-D Micro Tweezers station
CF-D Solder Feed station
CS-D Desoldering station with Electric Pump
CV-D Desoldering station with Pneumatic Pump

JBC constantly innovates its products with the best features to improve the user experience.

New Yamaha High-end Hybrid 4D – AOI YSi-V

Yamaha Motor IM Europe announced that it has developed the new high-end hybrid automated optical inspection (AOI) system "YSi-V"

Yamaha Motor IM Europe announced that it has developed the new high-end hybrid automated optical inspection (AOI) system "YSi-V" employing newly developed high-speed, high-resolution image processing technology and exclusive image capture technology, to make a single unit capable of being equipped for the three functions of high-speed, high-resolution 2D inspection, height and tilt angle 3D inspection and diagonal angle image inspection via a 4-direction angled camera.

The new YSi-V model has been developed as a high-end model of the high-speed, high-precision, in-line type "YSi-12" AOI system equipped with optical, infrared and laser inspection functions and the same highly rigid frame as Yamaha surface mounters. To achieve higher levels of operating speed, the YSi-V features a newly developed 12 megapixel high-resolution camera, high-speed image processing technology, a new 3D inspection function that checks component height and tilt angle simultaneously, and a 4-direction angled camera*1 employing exclusive image capture technology, giving the YSi-V more than twice*2 the inspection capacity/performance of the YSi-12. At the same time, other new features such as a full-HD LCD touch panel, "programming navigation" and new character recognition algorithms improve operability.

*1 Includes some options. *2 YSi-12: approx. 5 megapixels; YSi-V: approx. 12 megapixels

For more information please contact our sales team on either: [email protected] or [email protected]

Clean the tip in 1 second only with the Senior Tip Cleaner!

The new JBC's CLMB-A allows to save time and increase production effortlessly.

The CLMB-A Senior Tip Cleaner means less effort and greater workflow in less time. It saves up to 5 seconds on each cleaning which means 80 hours for any common operator.

Very easy to use!
It consists of  two brushes that automatically clean the soldering tip as soon as it is detected by a photoelectric sensor. This innovative tip cleaner works with two brushes that ensure the least damage to the tip.

Work more safely!
It features a wide splashguard which guarantees there is practically no tin splashes and the operator can work more safely.

 The CLMB-A Senior Tip Cleaner became one of the products that attracted the most attention from visitors and clients who approached JBC's stand at Productronica 2013.

Available now !

For more info email [email protected] or [email protected]