The Do's and Dont's of Soldering

Soldering is an acquired skill and takes technical training and certification as well as many accumulated hours of practice to become highly proficient at it. Success in the world of repair and manufacturing is hinged upon the quality and quantity of training. For any certified IPC Specialist, the completion of training courses such as the IPC 610, IPC-A-620 and j-std-001 certification are necessary for operating at high level of competence. Maintaining a high threshold of quality is also predicated on the caliber of equipment being used. It is nearly impossible to maintain a standard of excellence without quality components and an understanding of the do’s and don’t of soldering.

When soldering, one should strive to provide quality output. To do so, you must choose and meticulously maintain a high technology soldering station. A high quality soldering station is capable of reaching temperatures of 350 degrees celsius or 662 degrees fahrenheit in under 5 seconds. You will also want your station to recover the temperature of your tip extremely quickly. The less time spent waiting for shoddy soldering equipment to heat up, the faster you will acquire the skills needed to become a professional. Recovering the temperature of your tip at a fast pace will increase efficiency and allow you to solder at lower temperatures.

Another key feature in a quality soldering rig is ensuring you have a "sleep" or "hibernation" mode, which will increase the life of your soldering tip. The soldering tip used will depend on the specific task at hand. It is imperative that you know which tip to use for which job. With over 400 different tip styles, it can be difficult to determine which tip will be most effective for the task at hand. Most people who complete their IPC soldering training and certification will find such stylistic choices become painfully obvious.

Nikolas James