Reducing Reflow Costs in a Challenging Economy

Reducing Reflow Costs in a Challenging Economy

Presented at SMTA San Diego – Sept 2013 — In this presentation, Fred Dimock, Manager Process Technology, discusses 10 methods that can be used to reduce the cost of operating a reflow oven

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Attacking the Real Costs of the Reflow Oven

The initial purchase prices of a reflow oven is small fraction of the overall lifetime cost of operating and maintaining the equipment.   In this presentation BTU’s Fred Dimock goes through each of the elements  of Cost of Ownership for the reflow oven and offers suggestions on how to improve each one.   Areas covered include:

  • changeover time
  • energy costs
  • recipe set-up
  • machine utilization
  • others

Cost of Ownership is a concept that is widely used in manufacturing industries, especially semiconductor fabs, to understand the cost impact of each piece of equipment.   Often these calculations reveal that the cost of scrap from yield loss from an inferior piece of equipment is a much more significant cost than the initial price differential in capital expense.  Understanding the important cost variables is the first step in planning any cost reduction effort.

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