Embeded Designs BS KIC Base Station User Manual KIC 2000

Embeded Designs KIC Base Station KIC 2000

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Manual Part 1

KIC 2000 User Manual
Hardware and Software
Ver.2.4.0.x
FCC Statement (Applies to KIC Explorers with RF capability only)
FCC ID: VBSKE
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Caution: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the users’ authority to operate the equipment.
Party Responsible for Declaration of Conformity:
KIC
15950 Bernardo Center Dr, Suite E
San Diego, CA 92127
858 673 6050
FCC Statement (Applies to KIC Explorers Base Station)
FCC ID: VBSBS
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Caution: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the users’ authority to operate the equipment.
Party Responsible for Declaration of Conformity:
KIC
15950 Bernardo Center Dr, Suite E
San Diego, CA 92127
858 673 6050
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KIC 2000 Hardware and Software User Manual
Copyright © KIC. All rights reserved. Patents pending.
15950 Bernardo Center Drive #E
San Diego, CA 92127 USA
Phone +1 858 673 6050 Fax +1 858 673 0085
A Division of Embedded Designs Inc.
8/27/2007
This document contains proprietary information protected by copyright, and this document and all
accompanying hardware and software are copyrighted. All rights are reserved. Patents are pending.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
This document may not be sold. KIC hereby grants the user permission to duplicate, in part or in whole,
this document for whatever purposes the user sees fit. No part of this document may be altered and
redistributed by the user.
KIC and KIC Thermal Profiling are divisions of and registered trademarks and trade names of Embedded
Designs Inc. Profiler, SlimKIC 2000, KICstart, WAVEstart, KIC Explorer, Base Station, KIC 24/7,
KIC 24/7 Wave, KIC Navigator, KIC Auto-Focus, Power, KIC Vision, KIC RPM, KIC Server, Wave
Surfer, Process Window Index, PWI, the Lead Free Capable symbol and the KIC logo are trademarks or
registered trademarks of KIC. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective
holders and are hereby acknowledged.
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Software Licensing Agreement and Product Warranty
The KIC 2000 Software is subject to the following license terms and conditions. Please read this license before you open the disk
package. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions of this license you may return the software to KIC for a full refund.
1. KIC 2000 SOFTWARE LICENSE
1.1 This is a software license granted by KIC, mailing address 15950 Bernardo Center Dr. #E, San Diego, CA 92127. The
KIC software is licensed to you as the end user, it is not sold.
1.2 The KIC 2000 software is copyrighted material. Once you have paid the license fee, you may use the software as long as
you like provided you do not violate the copyright and if you follow these simple rules.
1.3 The KIC 2000 software is sold with one or more pieces of hardware called a TPU or a Thermal Transmitter. This License
allows you to use the KIC 2000 software with the hardware purchased. You must pay for additional copies of the software
if additional hardware if purchased. You may copy the software to as many computers as you like.
1.4 You may not make any changes or modifications to the licensed software, and you may not decompile, disassemble, or
otherwise reverse engineer this software.
2. LIMITED WARRANTY
2.1 What is covered by the Warranties: KIC warrants that the Hardware, Software, and Documentation are free from defect in
material and workmanship under normal use. KIC warrants that the system as a whole will perform substantially in
accordance with the specifications set forth in the Documentation provided with it.
2.2 Warranty “rated temperature” clarification. Much of the KIC hardware is rated by KIC to perform up to a certain
temperature. Any hardware that is determined by KIC to have been exposed to temperatures above its rated temperature
will not be covered under this Warranty.
2.3 Start of the Warranty period. The Warranty period begins the day the KIC product is delivered to you as the first customer.
2.4 Obligations of KIC During The Warranty Period
2.4.1 Return for complete refund. Within the first thirty (30) days of the start of the Warranty KIC will refund any money
paid and accept as payment in full for any money owed, the return of any hardware or software for any reason
whatsoever, provided that returned product is in original condition.
2.4.2 Replacement. Within the first year of the start of the Warranty KIC will replace any product proves defective in
materials or workmanship, without additional charge, on an exchange basis.
2.4.3 Correction of Software. KIC will either replace or repair without additional charge any software that does not
perform in substantial accordance with the specifications of the Documentation. This will be done by delivering to
you a corrected copy of the software or corrective code.
2.4.4 Final Remedy. If KIC is unable to replace defective documentation or defective media or if KIC is unable to
provide a corrected copy of the software or corrected documentation within a reasonable time, KIC will either
replace the software with a functionally similar program or refund the license fees paid for use of the software.
2.5 Exclusion of Other Warranties
2.5.1 KIC does not warrant that the functions contained in the software will meet your requirements or that the operation
of the software will be uninterrupted or error free. The Warranty does not cover any copy of the software that has
been altered or changed in any way by you or others. KIC is not responsible for problems caused by changes in the
operating characteristics of the computer hardware or operation system which are made after delivery of the
software.
2.5.2 KIC SHALL NOT IN ANY CASE BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT
OR OTHER SIMILAR DAMAGES ARISING FROM ANY BREACH OF THESE WARRANTIES EVEN If KIC
THERMAL PROFILING OR ITS AGENT HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH
DAMAGES. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the
above limitations of exclusion may not apply to you.
2.6 Other Conditions
2.6.1 The warranties set forth above are in lieu of all other express and implied warranties, whether oral, written, or
implied, and the remedies set forth above are your sole and exclusive remedies. Only an authorized officer of KIC
may make modifications to this warranty, or additional warranties binding on KIC. Accordingly, additional
statements such as advertising or presentations, whether oral or written, do not constitute warranties by KIC and
should not be relied upon as such. This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other
rights, which vary, from state to state.
3. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
3.1 In no case shall KIC's liability exceed the license fees paid for the right to use the Licensed Software or One Hundred
Dollars ($100.00), whichever is greater.
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Table of Contents
KIC 2000 HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE USER MANUAL.......................................................... I
SOFTWARE LICENSING AGREEMENT AND PRODUCT WARRANTY ..................................... II
CONGRATULATIONS!................................................................................................................... 1
KIC’S THERMAL PROFILERS............................................................................................................ 1
THE KIC NAVIGATOR SOFTWARE OPTION........................................................................................ 1
AUTO-FOCUS SOFTWARE OPTION................................................................................................... 1
NAVIGATOR AND AUTO-FOCUS POWER SOFTWARE OPTIONS ........................................................... 1
INSTALLING THE KIC 2000 SOFTWARE..................................................................................... 2
MINIMUM PC REQUIREMENTS ......................................................................................................... 2
LANGUAGES................................................................................................................................... 2
DIRECT OVEN COMMUNICATION ...................................................................................................... 3
INSTALLING THE SOFTWARE KEY (OPTIONAL)................................................................................... 3
KIC 2000 PROFILER HARDWARE .................................................................................................... 4
KIC PROFILER TECHNOLOGY..................................................................................................... 5
SLIMKIC 2000 HARDWARE .......................................................................................................... 5
KIC EXPLORER HARDWARE ....................................................................................................... 5
KIC 2000 OPTIONAL FEATURES...................................................................................................... 6
SLIMKIC 2000 HARDWARE CONFIGURATION ................................................................................... 8
KIC EXPLORER HARDWARE CONFIGURATION .................................................................................. 9
STARTING KIC 2000.................................................................................................................... 15
QUICK-START PROFILE CHECKLIST ....................................................................................... 16
GLOBAL PREFERENCES ........................................................................................................... 18
GLOBAL TAB ................................................................................................................................18
AUTO FOCUS TAB ......................................................................................................................... 20
PROCESS WINDOW SETUP ....................................................................................................... 21
SOLDER PASTE MENU .................................................................................................................. 22
EDIT SPECS ................................................................................................................................. 23
SEPARATE SPECS ........................................................................................................................ 24
SAVING - PROCESS WINDOW ........................................................................................................ 25
HARDWARE STATUS.................................................................................................................. 26
RUN A PROFILE........................................................................................................................... 27
AUTO-FOCUS, PRODUCT DIMENSIONS........................................................................................... 28
AUTO-FOCUS, CONFIRM ............................................................................................................... 28
ENTERING OVEN RECIPE .............................................................................................................. 31
INSTRUCTIONS ON ATTACHING TC’S.............................................................................................. 33
SELECT THERMOCOUPLES AND START PROFILE ............................................................................ 35
STARTING THE PROFILE................................................................................................................ 36
LIVE PROFILE GRAPH DISPLAY...................................................................................................... 38
VIEWING THE PROFILE AND STATISTICS .......................................................................................... 40
PROFILE OPTIMIZATION WITH THE KIC NAVIGATOR OPTION............................................. 41
MANUAL PROFILE PREDICTION...................................................................................................... 42
PROFILE GRAPH DISPLAY ............................................................................................................. 43
KIC 2000 PROFILE EXPLORER.................................................................................................. 48
INSERTING KIC 2000 DATA FILES FROM AN OUTSIDE SOURCE......................................................... 49
PRINTING...................................................................................................................................... 50
PRINT FORMAT #1........................................................................................................................ 50
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PRINT FORMAT #2........................................................................................................................ 51
CHANGING PRINT FORMATS.......................................................................................................... 52
WAVE SOLDER PROFILING ............................................................................................................ 53
KIC 2000 SOFTWARE WAVE SOLDER PROFILING........................................................................... 54
RUNNING A WAVE SOLDER PROFILE.............................................................................................. 55
LIVE PROFILE GRAPH DISPLAY...................................................................................................... 63
PROFILE GRAPH DISPLAY ............................................................................................................. 65
CURE PROFILING........................................................................................................................ 81
NAME PRODUCT AND SELECT PROCESS WINDOW/APPLICATION TYPE............................................. 81
TEMPERATURE VS. TIME PROFILING...................................................................................... 82
SAMPLE RATE .............................................................................................................................. 82
KIC 2000 SOFTWARE................................................................................................................... 82
PROCESS WINDOW SETUP ........................................................................................................... 83
RUNNING A TEMPERATURE VS. TIME PROFILE ................................................................................ 84
LIVE PROFILE GRAPH DISPLAY...................................................................................................... 87
VIEWING THE PROFILE AND STATISTICS ......................................................................................... 88
AUTOMATIC CALCULATION OF DELTA T + DELTA (OR RANGE) FOR ALL STATS.................................. 90
POINTER TOOL............................................................................................................................. 90
PROFILE SCREEN BUTTONS.......................................................................................................... 90
EXITING THE PROFILE SCREEN....................................................................................................... 91
KIC PROFILERS........................................................................................................................... 92
SLIMKIC 2000............................................................................................................................. 92
SLIMKIC 2000 CALIBRATION......................................................................................................... 94
KIC EXPLORER ............................................................................................................................ 96
KIC EXPLORER CALIBRATION ..................................................................................................... 106
APPENDIX A: THE PROCESS WINDOW INDEX..................................................................... 113
THE PROBLEM............................................................................................................................ 113
DEFINING THE PROCESS WINDOW INDEX..................................................................................... 113
CALCULATING THE PWI .............................................................................................................. 114
BENEFITS OF RANKING THERMAL PROFILE PERFORMANCE........................................................... 114
CONCLUSION ............................................................................................................................. 115
APPENDIX B: ATTACHING THERMOCOUPLES TO THE PRODUCT.................................... 116
OVERVIEW ................................................................................................................................. 116
ALUMINUM TAPE......................................................................................................................... 116
HIGH TEMPERATURE SOLDER ..................................................................................................... 117
APPENDIX C: WRITING KIC 2000 DATA OVER A NETWORK............................................... 118
CONTACTING KIC...................................................................................................................... 120
KIC USA................................................................................................................................... 120
KIC INTERNATIONAL SALES EUROPEAN OFFICE ........................................................................ 120
KIC INTERNATIONAL SALES SINGAPORE OFFICE ....................................................................... 120
KIC INTERNATIONAL SALES CHINA OFFICE .............................................................................. 120
ON THE WEB.............................................................................................................................. 120
KIC TECHNICAL SUPPORT .......................................................................................................... 120
KIC PRODUCT TRAINING............................................................................................................. 120
KIC SALES................................................................................................................................. 120
FIND THE KIC REPRESENTATIVE IN YOUR AREA........................................................................... 120
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Congratulations!
You have the world’s most sophisticated thermal profilers at your service!
KIC’s Thermal Profilers
The SlimKIC 2000 and KIC Explorer are real-time solder reflow process setup and optimization tools.
They feature a more robust hardware configuration than any other profilers on the market. The KIC
Profilers configuration guarantees a perfect profile every time by both transmitting data in real-time as it
passes through the process and simultaneously recording the data internally. When the KIC Profiler has
completed its run through the process, the internally logged profile is automatically wirelessly downloaded,
filling in any gaps that may have occurred due to broken transmission of the real-time profile. The wireless
download feature ensures that every profile run is a good one, and that it will never be necessary to hold up
production to run a second profile.
The KIC 2000 software features minimal initial setup and a radically simplified operator interface
that eliminates tedious board mapping and oven measuring. The software is designed to be completely
intuitive and require very little training. It comes with an updateable database of hundreds of popular
solder pastes, which allows you to automatically select the specs for the paste you’re using. A series of
screens with clear explanatory graphics guides you through the profiling process from beginning to end,
and if the profiling is being done with one of the selected ovens that communicate with the KIC software,
the software automatically changes the oven set points to your profile.
The KIC Navigator Software Option
The KIC Navigator is significantly improved automated prediction tool which allows you to predict how
changes to belt speed and oven set points will affect a product profile. The KIC Navigator can create and
evaluate billions of potential product profiles, automatically selecting the profile and oven setup that
best fits the Process Window. This automated prediction tool is exponentially more powerful and accurate
than any tool currently on the market and allows you to find the optimal profile in about a minute. The
automated prediction tool is designed to center the profile in your process window, and you may set the
limits to fit your process.
Perhaps the most significant feature of the KIC 2000 and the KIC Navigator is that it ranks your profiles
using the Process Window Index. This allows you to compare performance between processes and, more
importantly, to be assured that you have found the most robust and reliable profile for a given product that
your oven can achieve.
If you didn’t order the KIC Navigator with your KIC Profiler, be sure to ask your KIC Representative for
a demonstration of this breakthrough technology.
Auto-Focus Software Option
The KIC Auto-Focus is a computer simulation software option available for the KIC 2000 software. This
option eliminates the need to “guess” at an initial oven recipe; instead Auto-Focus calculates the ideal oven
recipe allowing you to avoid conventional oven setup pitfalls. Auto-Focus gets smarter with every profile
you run, providing you with increasingly accurate oven recipes.
Navigator and Auto-Focus Power Software Options
The Power option optimizes you profiles based on reduced energy usage. Studies have shown that many
reflow ovens and wave machines consume more energy than required in order to process the products in
spec. The KIC Navigator and Auto-Focus” Power” options identify the oven or wave solder recipes that
consume the least amount of energy while processing the products in spec. The end result is improved
quality at reduced energy costs.
It’s recommended to read this manual entirely before attempting to run profiles of any Application type.
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Installing the KIC 2000 Software
Minimum PC Requirements
800 MHz processor / 256Mb RAM
2Gb available storage (for Product history records)
SVGA video 1024x768 resolution, 16-bit
1 or more available USB ports (KIC Profiler and or Software key)
Operating system: Microsoft® Windows® 2000, XP
Languages
The KIC 2000 software supports the following languages:
English Japanese
German Korean
Spanish Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Some of the supported languages can only be used with their respective operating systems:
Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese can not be used with English versions
of Windows operating systems.
To run KIC 2000 in Japanese, the operating system must be Windows-Japanese version. To run
KIC 2000 in Simplified or Traditional Chinese, the operating system must be Windows-Chinese
version.
English, German, and Spanish can be run on any of the supported Windows operating systems.
To install the software, perform the following steps:
Insert the KIC 2000 CD into your CR-ROM drive.
The KIC 2000 installation will automatically start.
If the KIC 2000 software does not auto-start, go to Windows Start Menu and click on Run.
Type D:\setup (or your CD-ROM drive letter) and press the Enter key on the keyboard.
Follow the instructions for the installation program as the screens are updated.
If you have question regarding your hardware or software configuration contact KIC Tech Support.
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Direct Oven Communication
The KIC 2000 can interface directly with the oven controller on selected models from leading reflow oven
manufacturers. The KIC 2000 software can load oven recipes as well as zone temperature setpoints and
automatically send these setpoints to the oven, eliminating the need for separate data entry.
Below are the oven manufactures that KIC 2000 is capable of interfacing with:
BTU
Electrovert
Heller
JT
Seho
Vitronics
Installing the Software Key (optional)
If you have purchased any software options, you will have to install a software key. The software key will
be installed in the computers parallel or USB port, so you may have to temporarily remove your printer
cable to install the software key. To install the software key, follow these steps:
Power off the computer and the printer.
Remove the printer cable currently connected to the parallel port (if necessary).
Firmly attach the male end of the software key to the computer parallel port, tighten the thumbscrews
or If using a USB software key connect it to any open USB port.
Firmly attach the printer cable to the female end of the software key, tighten the thumbscrews
(Parallel).
Apply power to the computer and the printer.
Functionally check that the Software Key is working properly. Open the KIC 2000 software and select
the “Hardware Status” button. If it does not say “Software key successfully installed”, then there may
be a problem with your parallel port, the software key, or the KIC 2000 software installation did not
successfully install the drivers for the software key. Contact KIC tech support for assistance.
If you received a parallel port software key, and your computer does not support that type of connection,
contact KIC and an alternate USB-software key can be sent as a replacement.
To check that the Software Key is properly working, start the KIC 2000 software. The main screen should
say KIC 2000 with Navigator If it does not display “with Navigator”, or with Auto-Focus” then there
may be a problem with your parallel or USB port, the software key, or the KIC 2000 installation did not
successfully install the drivers for the software key. Contact KIC tech support for assistance,
If you have purchased the Power option(s); The KIC 2000 Main Menu should say “with NAVIGATOR
Power” if you purchased only the Navigator and Power options, and “with Auto-Focus Power” if you
have purchased the Auto-Focus and Power options or the Auto-Focus, Navigator and Power options.
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KIC 2000 Profiler Hardware
The KIC 2000 software can be used with 2 different KIC profilers the SlimKIC 2000 and the KIC Explorer.
The KIC 2000 software is designed to operate the same regardless of what profiler is being used. Upon
software installation the user selects the KIC profiler that they are using. Then the software will depict
profiler-model specific text and artwork for your KIC profiler.
The KIC 2000 profiler comes standard with 9 thermocouple channels, 12 channels optional, and is available
as a Data Logger, or RF model. Available accessories include Wave Surfer, KIC Carrier, and various
thermal shields. See the SlimKIC 2000 section for more information, page 92.
Figure 1: Example SlimKIC 2000 product kit
The KIC Explorer comes with your choice of 12 or 7 channels models. As a standard feature, the
KIC Explorer has 12 thermocouple inputs. The miniature-TC harness design makes this possible. If you
prefer to use Type-K thermocouples, the KIC Explorer is available in a standard Type-K, 7-channel model
as well. See the KIC Explorer section for more information, page 96.
Figure 2: Example KIC Explorer 12 Channel product kit
Both the 12 and 7 channel KIC Explorer models can be used as a data logger and with the additional RF
hardware they can both communicate wirelessly with the KIC 2000 software.
Throughout this user manual both KIC Profilers will be discussed. Where applicable the differences
between KIC Profilers and there features will be outlined.
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KIC Profiler Technology
The KIC Profiler uses different technology to complete its task of running profiles. The main difference
between it and other profilers is the following:
Air thermocouple – For all profiles run with the KIC 2000 software the thermocouple plugged into
the first channel on the SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer must be the Air TC. This TC is positioned
1-inch in front of the leading edge of the board for all profiles run using KIC 2000 software.
Trigger temperatures – KIC Profilers use trigger temperatures to start and stop the profile. The Start
temperature is defaulted to 5 degrees above the Maximum Product Start temperature. See Global
Preferences for this setting.
Hardware Monitor - The combination of the KIC Profiler and the KIC 2000 software closely
monitors the KIC Profilers battery, internal temperature and the product temperature even before you
start a profile. There are built-in checks in the software to insure that the product and KIC Profliler are
cool enough and battery voltage sufficient to complete a profile safely. As well it will offer
troubleshooting suggestions if there is a problem with communication or thermocouple attachment.
Perfect Data – Through patent pending technology the SlimKIC 2000 is able to get you perfect data
every time. At the completion of a profile the SlimKIC 2000 retransmits the data it has stored in its
memory. This insures the integrity of the data, especially if there were any interruptions in the
transmission during the profile.
SlimKIC 2000 Hardware
Inventory
Part Description KIC Part Number
SlimKIC 2000 Transmitter or Data logger (9 or 12 channel) SL2K-4-T/D-09 (12)
SlimKIC 2000 Receiver with antenna (for transmit version only) RE2K-4
Communication Cable CB-RS232-06P
Power Supply (for transmit version only) PS
Thermal Shield TS-SL-18
Individual Color Coded Thermocouples (9 or 12) TC-TK-09-36
Aluminum Tape and Hi-temp Solder for attaching Thermocouples TAPE
SlimKIC 2000 User Manual MAN-SL2K
KIC 2000 software SW-KIC 2000
Optional Software key (Example: Navigator , Auto-Focus) NAV, NAV-AF
KIC Explorer Hardware
Inventory
Part Description KIC Part Number
KIC Explorer Transmitter or Data logger (7 or 12 channel) KE-DL-09 (4)-12 (7)
KIC Explorer Base Station RF Transceiver and antenna REKE-9 (4)
USB Communication Cable CB-KE-DWNLD-06
USB Extension cable 6ft (RF models Only) CBKE-06EXT
Thermal Shield, Stainless Steel, Cool Touch TS-KE-SS-PYR-12 (07)
Thermocouples (7 or 12) TC-TKM-07 (12)
Aluminum Tape and Hi-temp Solder for attaching Thermocouples TAPE
KIC 2000 User Manual MAN-SL2K
KIC 2000 software SW-KIC 2000
Optional Software key (Example: Navigator , Auto-Focus) NAV, NAV-AF
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KIC 2000 Optional Features
Software
Navigator Software key – Activates the Navigator software option which automatically finds the
optimal oven setup for each product you profile.
Auto-Focus Software key –Option which calculates the ideal initial oven recipe allowing you to avoid
conventional oven setup pitfalls.
Power Software key - Optional feature for use with Navigator and/or Auto-Focus options. Power
optimizes your profiles and/or initial oven settings based on reduced energy savings.
Hardware
Wave Surfer – SlimKIC 2000 accessory that measures the performance of the wave solder machine
each a pass is made.
Lead Free Thermal Shield – Optional thermal shield used with the SlimKIC 2000 for elevated process
temperatures associated with Lead Free thermal processes.
Higher rated Thermocouples – KIC offers thermocouples rated for use up to 400ºC. Standard KIC
thermocouples are rated to 300ºC.
KIC Carrier – Optional accessory for the SlimKIC 2000 that carries the SlimKIC through the oven.
Used when no belt conveyor is present.
Installing or Changing the Battery in your KIC Profiler
SlimKIC 2000:
Figure 3
Figure 4
Figure 5
To install or change the battery or for calibration of the SlimKIC 2000 profiler you will have to unscrew the
battery cover from the bottom side of the SlimKIC 2000. This will require a small Flathead screwdriver.
See Figure 3. The screw has a retaining clip to keep it in place so it will not come all the way out. Just
loosen it enough so the cover comes free. See Figure 4. Remove the battery cover. See Figure 5.
There is a white connector for a 9-volt battery. Once you have connected the battery, slip the battery back
in, placing the connector end in first. Then replace the cover and tighten the Battery cover. See the
SlimKIC 2000 hardware section of this manual for calibration details, page 94.
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KIC Explorer:
Figure 6: KIC Explorer Battery install/replacement
The KIC Explorer uses 3 standard alkaline AAA sized batteries. KIC recommends the use of standard
alkaline batteries; however you can use other types including rechargeable batteries.
If you experience negative effects using other types of batteries or discover your KIC Explorer is not
operating properly, then switch back to standard alkaline batteries. If problems persist, contact KIC
Technical Support: [email protected].
Battery Life
The KIC Explorer is very efficient on battery usage. Independent tests show that a standard set of alkaline
batteries will last more than 25 hours while operating at room temperature. Operating temperatures can
affect battery performance.
Batteries and Temperature
The KIC Explorer is designed to pass through ovens that will cause the batteries inside the KIC Explorer to
heat up. Since the batteries have a high heat capacity they will tend to continue to heat even after the
KIC Explorer has exited the oven.
Even if the KIC Explorer has cooled sufficiently to allow the user to run another profile, the battery may
not have cooled down as low as the KIC Explorer.
In the event the KIC Explorer batteries become heated during use and you wish to run another profile, KIC
suggests substituting a different (room temperature) cooler set of batteries before the next profile is run.
This will allow the user to run more frequent profiles without the chance of overheating the batteries or the
KIC Explorer.
Note: Lead-Free (hot) thermal profiles can cause the battery packaging to un-wrap. This is normal
and should be monitored to ensure the batteries condition is intact and operational before each
use.
In the event the batteries become heat damaged or corrosive, replace them immediately. Failing
to do so can lead to KIC Explorer damage and or personal injury.
KIC Explorer Power On/Off
Power On – Press/hold the Amber colored On/Off button for 1 second (located at the back of the KIC
Explorer). When power in on, the LED indicators will power on. The LED color/pattern will represent the
current KIC Explorer hardware state/status. See Figure #158.
Power Off – Press/hold the Amber colored On/Off button for 1 second (located at the back of the KIC
Explorer). See Figure #158. When the power is turned off, the LED indicators will be off.
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SlimKIC 2000 Hardware Configuration
1. Install the KIC 2000 Software.
2. Connect the SlimKIC 2000 hardware to the computer (RS-232 Serial COM port)
3. Run KIC 2000 Software
If you have any questions or need assistance connecting your KIC hardware contact KIC Technical Support
The SlimKIC 2000 profiler connects to the computer through a RS-232 serial port. All necessary software
drivers will be installed during the KIC 2000 software installation. In the event that the computer has no
RS-232 COM ports or none are available, a Serial-USB adapter is required.
RF Mode
The SlimKIC 2000 - Receiver is plugged into the
COM port on the PC and the power supply is
plugged into the small jack on the cable and into
a power source. To initialize the SlimKIC 2000
plug the Receiver Cable directly into the
SlimKIC 2000. See Figure 7.
Temperature vs. Time profiles must be run with
the communication cable connected throughout
the profile, even for SlimKIC 2000’s
with transmit capability.
Data log Mode
The SlimKIC 2000 – Data logger version will be
plugged in directly from the PC COM port. No
Receiver or power supply will be included in
your data logger version.
See Figure 8.
Figure 7
Figure 8
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KIC Explorer Hardware Configuration
Important: You must install the KIC 2000 software before
connecting your KIC Explorer to the computer.
Failing to install the KIC 2000 software prior to connecting your KIC Explorer to the computer will render
the KIC Explorer unusable.
1. Install the KIC 2000 Software.
2. Connect the KIC Explorer hardware to the computer.
3. Install USB drivers
If you have any questions or need assistance connecting your KIC hardware contact KIC Technical Support
RF Mode
The KIC Explorer can communicate wirelessly with your KIC 2000 software on your computer. Wireless
(RF) communication gives the user the ability to view the profile in real-time. All KIC Explorers can be
used in RF mode.
Note: The KIC Explorer Base Station is needed to activate the RF function.
The KIC Explorer Base Station connects to the USB extension cable and the cable is connected to a USB
port on the computer. See Figure 9 and Figure 10. A USB extension cable is used to allow positioning for
best reception. Connect the Base Station and KIC Explorer antennas. See Figure 11 and Figure 12.
Figure 9
Figure 10
Figure 11
Note: For Best results; when selecting a USB port for your KIC Explorer or
KIC Explorer Base Station, KIC suggests utilizing a port that is in the back of the
computer—connected to the main board. These USB ports are better grounded
than front-USB ports.
A 6-foot USB port extension cable is included with your KIC Explorer so that the
user can place the Base Station in a viewable location and remain connected to
the rear USB ports.
By connecting the Base Station and KIC Explorer antenna the KIC Explorer
device becomes an intentional radiator of RF. See page 96.
Figure 12
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Data Log Mode
The standard mode of communication for the KIC Explorer is Data Log mode. The KIC Explorer USB
communication cable is used to transfer data to and from the KIC 2000 software computer from your
KIC Explorer. For Firmware upgrades, Data Log mode is required.
Connect the KIC Explorer USB communication cable to the
computer. See Figure 13.
Connect the other end of the KIC Explorer communication cable to
the KIC Explorer. See Figure 14.
The KIC Explorer is now connected to the computer via USB cable. See Figure 15.
Figure 15
Note: When connecting the KIC Explorer to laptop computers that utilize a floating ground connection
(2-prong power plug), the user will be required to manually ground the laptop prior to connecting the
KIC Explorer. This procedure will prevent unwanted electrical interference that may distort the
temperature data collected by the KIC Explorer. Contact KIC Technical Support for assistance,
Figure 13
Figure 14
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Connecting your KIC Explorer to the Computer
Important: You must install the KIC 2000 software before
connecting your KIC Explorer to the computer.
The KIC Explorer communicates through the USB port on the computer. Depending on your model
KIC Explorer you will connect either the KIC Explorer communication cable or the KIC Explorer Base
Station to your computers USB port.
In the event that there are no available USB ports, a standard 2-8 port USB-hub can be used to add more
USB ports to the computer.
After successful KIC 2000 software installation and installation of the batteries you are ready to connect
your KIC Explorer hardware to your computer. Turn the power on by pressing the on button.
1. Turn on the KIC Explorer.
2. Connect the USB communication cable to the KIC Explorer and the other end to the computers
USB port. If the KIC Explorer has the optional RF hardware connect the Base Station to the USB
port.
3. Whether you connect the KIC Explorer
or KIC Explorer Base Station, Windows
will recognize the USB device and the
“Found New Hardware Wizard” will
appear. Select the “Install the software
automatically (recommended) option
then select the “Next” button. See
Figure 16.
Note: The “Found New Hardware Wizard” USB
driver installation will run each time a unique
KIC Explorer or KIC Explorer Base Station is
connected to your computer.
4. Next, Windows will prompt the user
regarding “Windows compatibility”.
Select the “Continue Anyway” button.
See Figure 17.
Figure 16
Figure 17
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5. Windows will begin installing the USB
software drivers. When complete a
finished message will appear. Select the
“Finish” button. See Figure 18.
Your KIC Explorer USB drivers are now
installed and your KIC Explorer is ready to
communicate with the KIC 2000 software.
KIC Explorer Connection messages
Once the USB driver installation is complete
and whenever the KIC Explorer or KIC Explorer Base Station is connected to the computers USB port
a KIC message will appear telling the user that the KIC Explorer is connected. See Figure 19.
Figure 19
Whenever the KIC Explorer or KIC Explorer Base Station is disconnected form the computers USB
port a KIC Message will appear telling the user that the KIC Explorer is now disconnected.
See Figure 20.
Figure 20
Figure 18
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KIC Explorer Thermal Shields
KIC offers 2 models of KIC Explorer thermal shields:
Cool TouchThe Cool Touch-KIC Explorer thermal shield is standard and is included with all
standard KIC Explorer profiling kits. The Cool Touch shield can be handled without gloves,
however gloves are recommended whenever heat is present. The Cool Touch thermal shield also
allows the KIC Explorer longer duration at given temperatures during use.
Stainless Steel – The Stainless Steel -KIC Explorer thermal shield is optional accessory for the
KIC Explorer. The Stainless Steel thermal shield has no outer insulation and measures 1/8” lower
in Height than the Cool Touch shield.
Important Note about KIC Explorers and Thermal shields:
Both the 7 channel and 12 channel KIC Explorers are not intended to be used without a KIC
approved thermal shield and must remain inside their thermal shield at all times during use or
during the KIC Explorer calibration procedure. Failing to do so will yield inaccurate temperature
data and/or an inaccurate PWI value.
Loading the KIC Explorer into the Thermal Shield
12 Channel -KIC ExplorerPlace the KIC Explorer into bottom half of the KIC Explorer thermal shield.
The Mini-TC harnesses should rest flat on the metal block inside the shield.
The thermocouple wires should exit from the front of the thermal shield.
The KIC Explorer antenna should extend fully, and exit from the back of the thermal shield.
See Figure 21.
Figure 21: 12 Channel KIC Explorer
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7 Channel -KIC Explorer – Place the KIC Explorer into bottom half of the KIC Explorer thermal shield.
The thermocouples should rest flat on the bottom of the inside the shield.
The thermocouple wires should exit from the front of the thermal shield.
The KIC Explorer antenna should extend fully, and exit from the back of the thermal shield. See
Figure 22.
Figure 22: 7 Channel KIC Explorer
Once the KIC Explorer is set inside the bottom half of the thermal shield and the thermocouple wires and
antenna are properly routed, verify the KIC Explorer is on by viewing the LED near the On/Off button. See
Figure 22.
Next place the top-half of the KIC Explorer over the bottom half and then swing the latching mechanisms
into the closed positions at each end. See Figure 23. Be careful not to damage the thermocouple wires or
KIC Explorer antenna. (RF models only)
Figure 23: KIC Explorer Thermal Shield Latching Mechanism
Contact KIC Technical Support if you need any assistance with your KIC Explorer: [email protected]
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Starting KIC 2000
Figure 24: KIC 2000 Main Screen
The installation automatically adds a KIC folder to main Windows Start Menu. Click on the Windows Start
and scroll up to the KIC folder. Then click on the KIC 2000 icon. The KIC 2000 Main Menu should say
“with NAVIGATOR” if you have purchased the Navigator option and installed the software key correctly,
and “with Auto-Focus” if you purchased the Auto-Focus option.
If you have purchased the Power option(s); The KIC 2000 Main Menu should say “with NAVIGATOR
Power” if you purchased only the Navigator and Power options, and “with Auto-Focus Power” If you
have purchased the Auto-Focus and Power options or the Auto-Focus, Navigator and Power options. See
Figure 24.
There are six buttons on the KIC 2000 Main Menu. The buttons on the Left are for setup and status; the
buttons on the Right are for running and viewing profiles and exiting the software. See the descriptions of
the function for each button below.
Global Preferences
Set units of measure, Maximum
product start temperature, Oven
name, Password.
Define/Edit Process Window
Create or edit Process Window
files for solder paste and profile
specifications.
Hardware Status
Show status of the Oven
controller (if applicable),
SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer,
and optional software key.
Run a Profile
Begins the step-by-step procedure
for running a product profile.
Profile Explorer
Filing system used to manage and
view all profiles run using the
KIC 2000 software.
Exit
Exits the KIC 2000 software.
SETUP
STATUS
RUN
VIEW
EXIT
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Quick-Start Profile Checklist
The following checklist will go through the steps necessary to setup and complete a temperature profile
and, if necessary, use the prediction or Navigator and run a second profile with changes to the recipe. You
will need the following items:
9 KIC profiler with thermocouples and aluminum tape.
9 Test product for profiling.
9 Knife or scissors for cutting aluminum tape.
9 Kapton tape –optional, to use as a strain relief for the TC wire.
9 Process Specs or Solder Paste name – Complete name – may need specs if it is not on the
list in the software.
9 Scale to weigh (g/oz.) products if using optional Auto-Focus.
9 Gloves – To handle product when it exits the oven.
1. Hardware Setup
Make sure your KIC Profiler has batteries installed. .
SlimKIC 2000: Verify that the Receiver is plugged into a COM port on the PC (if you have the
transmit version this needs to be in close proximity to the oven) and the power supply is plugged
into the cable and a power source as well.
KIC Explorer: Verify that the Base Station is connected to a USB port on the PC (if you have the
transmit version this needs to be in close proximity to the oven).
SlimKIC 2000: The Red LED on the Receiver should be on.
The KIC Explorer Base Station will not have any LEDs on until the KIC 2000 software is running
and communicating with the KIC Explorer.
SlimKIC 2000-Data log model make sure you have the download cable plugged into a COM port
on the PC and the small round 8-pin end plugged into the SlimKIC 2000.
KIC Explorer-Data Log model make sure you have the download cable connected to a USB port
on the PC and the other end connected to the KIC Explorer.
2. Global Preferences (Top-Left button)
Choose your units for conveyor speed and distance, temperature, and weight. Set the Maximum
Product Start Temperature. All of the thermocouples being used for the profile must be below this
temperature in order to start a profile. It is best to set this at about 5 degrees Celsius above the
average room temperature, or just leave it at the default setting.
If you are using Auto-Focus software option, select the units for weight.
If you are using Auto-Focus software option, an Auto Focus Tab will be added. You can change
the Profile Optimization Settings and Conveyor Speed Constraints if needed, or just leave it at the
default setting.
Click on the Green Checkmark button when finished.
3. Define/Edit Process Window (Middle-Left button)
Click on the Solder Paste Menu.
Choose the paste you are using. If it is not on the list then choose User Defined from the list. You
will need to enter you own specifications.
Click on the Green Checkmark button.
If you need to make adjustments to the spec limits or create your own click on the Edit Specs
button.
Click on the checkboxes for the specs you want to use, and then fill in the temperature and time
limits.
Click on the Green Checkmark button.
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At the top of the Process Window screen is a field to enter your Process Window Name.
After entering the name click on the Green Checkmark button. The software will ask you if you
want to save this new Process Window.
Click on Yes.
4. Run a Profile button
Enter in your product name or choose an existing one from the drop down list.
Choose your Process Window (this was created in the previous step).
Name your oven or choose an existing one from the drop down list. (If you are running on a
KIC 2000 compatible oven controller computer this was already done in the Global Preferences).
Click the Forward Arrow button and follow the instructions on each screen.
At the Select Thermocouples to Use screen click on the TC’s you have attached to the board and
plugged into your KIC Profiler.
Make sure TC 1 is the Air TC and is extended 1 inch in front of the leading edge of the
board.
Click the Start Profile (Green Traffic Light) button.
Once you have placed the KIC Profiler and board in the oven and run the profile the KIC Profiler
Transmit models will automatically retransmit all the data when it drops below the profile stop
temperature as it exits. For the Data log models you must reconnect the download cable.
The profile will be displayed and you can analyze and predict to optimize it, or if you have the
Navigator option the software will optimize the profile and oven setup automatically. Upon
exiting the Graph screen you can choose to run another profile with the original or predicted set
points and conveyor speed.
Once you have set your Global Preferences and Process Windows you do not need to do these steps for
every profile. You can just do Steps 1 & 4, and skip 2 and 3.
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Global Preferences
Global Tab
Figure 25: Global Preferences
Units of Measure – There are two drop down menus to choose units for Conveyor Speed and
Distance, and weight. (Weight is Auto-Focus Specific)
Product Start Temperature – The temperature of all the thermocouples attached to the product and
SlimKIC 2000 must be below this temperature to start a profile. This will insure that a profile is not
started while the board is still to hot. Input value in the field or use Slider bar.
Profiling Hardware –Select SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer 12, or 7 channel model. The
SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer you purchased will be either a Transmitter capable or Data log
capable. Select the appropriate option.
If you are running on an oven with communication compatibility with the KIC 2000 software, there
will also be a field to input the oven name. This oven name will be saved with the profile and can be
sorted on in the Profile Explorer.
Languages – Select the language that you wish to run the software. See important information about
Languages on page 2.
Engineer Password – By checking this and entering a password you can control access to certain
menus in the KIC 2000 software. See Figure 26.
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Items protected by password
Figure 26
Global Preferences button on the main screen
In the Process Window Screen – Saving or deleting Process Windows or changes to Process Windows
In the Run a Profile first screen – Remove Oven
In the Profile Explorer – Delete a profile
In the Profile Graph and Statistics screen – Access to the Optimization tab
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Auto Focus tab
Figure 27: Global Preferences – Auto Focus Tab
Profile Optimization Settings
Search Mode for Auto-Focus
Minimize PWI – Search for the combination of set point temperatures and conveyor speed that
will minimize the Process Window Index (PWI).
Allow Zone Set points to Change – This option will determine if Auto-Focus will include zone
set point changes when predicting new solutions.
Allow Conveyor Speed to Change - Choose whether to allow Auto-Focus to vary the conveyor
speed. If you choose Allow to Vary you can set the minimum and maximum.
Maximize Conveyor Speed – Search for the set point temperatures that will maximize conveyor
speed.
Minimize Energy Consumption – Optional Power feature; Search for the oven settings that will
minimize the power consumpotion of the oven by finding set point solucitons with slower
conveyor speeds and lower temperature settings.
Conveyor Speed Constraints
Low – Select the minimum conveyor speed you would like Auto-Focus to recommend for new products.
High - Select the maximum conveyor speed you would like Auto-Focus to recommend for new products.
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Process Window Setup
Figure 28: Process Window Setup
Process Window Name – Name of the KIC Process Window file that includes the statistics chosen and
limits for those statistics, along with whatever text is typed in the Description field. See Figure 28.
Solder Paste Menu - A read only library list of numerous solder pastes along with the statistics and
limits suggested by the paste mfg., also included is a User-Defined option in the list which allows you
to create a spec. of your own. See below for additional details.
Edit Specs – Screen allowing the user to edit or choose statistics and limits for a chosen solder paste or
define your own specs
Wave – This radio button switches between the process specs and the Wave process specs for the
selected Process Window. Set up a Process Window specific to Wave TCs for Wave Solder profiling.
Read only text box – Shows the paste name, statistics name, and limits for a Process Window chosen,
edited, or saved by the user. To edit select the Edit Specs button.
Same Specs for all TC’s – By deselecting this checkbox, you can assign separate specifications for
each individual thermocouple you are using. After deselecting the checkbox, you’ll need to click on
the Edit Specs button to choose which statistics will be used and what spec limits will be set for each
thermocouple used. This option would be used if you had component specific specifications that differ
from the general solder paste specs. Another use for this would be if you wanted to monitor the actual
board temperature as well as component temps. You would then only select the statistics for that TC
that are relevant. If you wish to use the same specifications for all thermocouples, put a check mark in
the box.
Select TC to View – This dialog box will appear only if the Same Specs for all TC’s checkbox is
deselected. By clicking on the dropdown menu, you can view the specifications that have been defined
for that number thermocouple. If a description was included, it will be displayed next to Label.
Process Window Description – Field allowing for freehand notes for a particular Process Window
Deselect this check box
to assign separate specs
for each thermocouple
used. See details below.
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Solder Paste Menu
Figure 29: Solder Paste List
Solder Paste Menu - Once you have clicked on the Solder Paste Menu you will have a list of pastes to
choose from. Use the scroll bar on the right to find your paste, and then click on the paste in the list. See
Figure 29.
Clicking on the Green Check will accept that paste and load its specs automatically. You will then
return to the Process Window screen, after being presented disclaimer information.
Clicking on the picture of the paste jar and tube will give you technical support information for the
solder paste Mfg. that you chose.
Clicking on the Red X will cancel your selection and return you to the Process Window screen without
making any changes.
KIC updates the solder paste list on a regular basis, check KIC on the Internet for updates,
www.kicthermal.com
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Edit Specs
Figure 30: Process Window – Edit Specs
Process Window name is listed at the top of the screen. See Figure 30.
There is a single drop down list at the top that contains all of the available specifications that can be applied
to your Process Window. These specifications are specific limits or a group of limits that define the overall
Process Window for your product. These specifications include Slope, Preheat, Soak, Peak temperatures,
and Time above temperatures.
Spec Details – The Spec Details coincide with the selected Specification. For each Specification selected,
enter the Temperature, and Time limits. These limits are usually dictated by the solder paste used. The
KIC 2000 software uses the limits to measure the profile PWI.
Changes made within this screen will have a direct effect on the profile PWI value
Once you have completed all spec modifications you can click on the Green check “DONE” button and
your changes will be applied. Clicking on the Red X “CANCEL” button will cancel your changes and
exit.
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Separate Specs
Figure 31: Process Window – Separate Specs
TC Selection & Label
If you choose to assign separate specs for each TC, click the Edit Specs button and the screen will now
appear with an additional area for TC Selection & Label. See Figure 31.
o Select - Use the Select drop-down menu to select the TC whose specifications you wish to view/edit.
The Spec Details for the selected TC is displayed.
TC Label – This area will allow you to type in a description or label to identify that particular TC. If
left blank, the TC’s will simply be identified as TC2, TC3, etc.
When separate specs are being used, this is the only place where you can select or deselect which TC’s
will be used for a profile.
Once you have completed all edits of the specs you can click on the Green Check button and your changes
will be applied. Clicking on the Red X (Cancel) button will cancel your changes and exit. See Figure 31.
If you are having trouble defining your process specifications, contact KIC and we will try to help.
Figure 32: Process Window – Separate Specs – Select TC’s
Select TC to View – Drop-down menu containing the TC’s that have already been defined. (Previous step)
See Figure 32.
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Saving - Process Window
Figure 33
To create a Process Window, follow these steps:
1. Choose a solder paste from the Solder Paste Menu.
2. Edit the specs if necessary. See Page 23 for details.
3. Enter a name the Process Window
4. Save the Process Window
To save - Click on the Green check (Save and Exit) button. A dialog box will appear asking if you want
to save the changes to the new Process Window file. See Figure 34.
Figure 34
Clicking on yes will save it and exit to the main screen. You can click on No and click on the Red X
“Cancel button” to exit without accepting or saving any changes.
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Hardware Status
Figure 35: Hardware Status
Oven controller – Shows the status of the connection between the KIC 2000 software and any connected
oven. Contact KIC for details about connecting your reflow oven.
SlimKIC 2000/KIC Explorer – Shows the status of the SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer Profilers. This
box displays the following information:
SlimKIC 2000/KIC Explorer communication status
COM port – when connected.
Temperature display – for all connected thermocouples.
Battery Voltage.
Internal Temperature – Temperature inside the SlimKIC 2000 case.
Maximum Temperature Capability – This value determines the maximum temperature the
SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer can read. This value can be changed if needed (SlimKIC 2000
only). See the SlimKIC 2000 calibration procedure for details page 95.
Software key – Shows the status of any software key that is connected. Displays the functions associated
with the software key.
Note: Only one software key can be connected at any given time. The KIC 2000 software will not detect
multiple software keys. If you have purchased new software options that require an additional software
key, contact KIC Technical Support, [email protected].
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Run a Profile
The Run a Profile button will guide you through 6-7 screens, which will finish at a completed and graphed
profile. To move through these screens you can use the Back, Next, or Cancel buttons. The Cancel button
will take you back to the Main Menu.
Figure 36: Run a Profile Screen #1
Name Product and Select Process Window
Product Name – Enter in a unique product name (long file names are acceptable) or choose an
existing product name from the drop down list.
Process Window – Choose a Process Window from the drop down list. These Process Windows are
created in the Define/Edit Process Window screen which is accessed from the KIC 2000 main screen.
Application – Select your Application type from the list. The KIC 2000 software will function
depending on the selected Application type. Some variables that might change depending on the
selected Application type are: data-sample rate, profile temperature trigger values, and specific
artwork. It is very important to choose the correct Application type. If you are unsure, you can contact
KIC technical support for help, [email protected].
o For wave solder profiles see page 53.
o For Cure profiles see page 81.
o For Temperature vs. Time profiles see page 82.
o For Wave Surfer information see page 53.
Oven Name – Enter a unique oven name or choose an existing oven from the drop down list. The
oven will have information about the number of zones saved with it as well as other zone information.
This is entered on the next screen. Remove Oven button will delete the oven name currently displayed
in the field.
If you are running the software on an oven controller computer that is communication compatible with the
KIC 2000 software the number of zones is already known and the oven name will be entered in the Global
Preferences screen, not on this screen. Also the Entering Oven Recipe screen is skipped because the
KIC 2000 software already has the recipe information from the oven controller.
Enable Auto-Focus – Enables or disables the Auto Focus tool for the current profile.
Profile Description – Allows for freehand typing of any notes you may want to include with this
profile.
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Auto-Focus, Product Dimensions
Figure 37: Run a Profile – Auto Focus screen #1
If you have purchased the Auto-Focus software option, this screen will appear. Enter the Length, Width,
and weight of your product, and then choose the Forward Arrow button. See Figure 37.
This product will be included in the Auto-Focus library from this point forward.
Make sure to measure using the correct units of measurement.
Auto-Focus, Confirm
This screen is displayed in order to
confirm the product measurements
as entered by the user.
See Figure 38.
The user has two options:
1. Use current Oven Recipe – use
the most recent oven recipe
setting for this product.
The next screen will display the
most recent set points and
conveyor speed for this product.
2. Use Auto-Focus to find an in-
spec Oven Recipe – This will
initiate the Auto-Focus option
for this product.
Figure 38: Run a Profile – Auto Focus screen #2
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If the Use Auto-Focus… button is selected and no
matching product is found, this dialog box will
appear, choose the OK button. See Figure 39.
The user will be returned to the Confirm screen.
Select the Use Current Oven Recipe button and enter
the oven set points and conveyor speed you want to
start with.
If the Use Auto-Focus… button is selected, but
there are not enough products in the database to
confidently give an expected PWI, this dialog box
will appear: See Figure 40.
If the user selects Yes, the next dialog box shows
the Auto-FocusFirst Guess recipe in order for
the user to confirm.
If No, the user will be returned to the Confirm
screen. Select the Use Current Oven Recipe
button and enter the oven set points and conveyor
speed you want to start with.
If the Use Auto-Focus… button is selected and there are a sufficient number of boards in the data base, the
following dialog box will appear: See Figure 41.
If the user selects Yes, the next dialog box shows the Auto-Focus
First Guess recipe in order for the user to confirm.
If No, the user will be returned to the Confirm screen. Select the Use
Current Oven Recipe button and enter the oven set points and
conveyor speed you want to start with.
Figure 39
Figure 40
Figure 41
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If the user selects YES, they will be prompted to: Confirm the First Guess Recipe. See Figure 42.
Figure 42: Run a Profile – Auto Focus screen #3
Confirm the recipe and select the Forward Arrow button. If there is no communication with the oven
controller, the following dialog box appears: The user must manually enter the recipe information on the
oven. See Figure 43.
Figure 43
If there is communication with the oven, then the recipe is copied directly to the oven.
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Entering Oven Recipe
Figure 44: Run a Profile screen #2
This screen does not appear when the KIC 2000 is communicating with the oven controller.
The recipe information is:
Number of Zones – Enter in number of heated zones in your oven.
Top and Bottom Set points are the Same – If your settings always have the top and bottom set points the
same, check this. The bottom set point will automatically be entered as you enter the top set point.
Different top and bottom set points
The software gives you the ability to enter separate top and bottom zone set points, and have them
displayed on the graph. And, when used with the Navigator, it will maintain the top and bottom offset in its
prediction. During the Run a Profile routine, when you get to the screen where you enter in the zone set
points, there is a check box for Top and Bottom Set points are the same. Deselect that checkbox if you are
running different top and bottom set points. Either way, using the same or different top and bottom set
points, the graph will always display a top and bottom set point values.
Zone Temperature fields – You will have a field for input of the temperature setting for each zone based
on the Number of Zones you enter at the top. For more than six zones you will have to scroll over to enter
the temperatures.
Conveyor Speed – Enter the Conveyor speed that your oven is curretnly set at.
Zone Length – See page 32 for details.
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Zone Length and Minimum/Maximum Temperature Settings
Figure 45: Run a Profile screen #3
By defualt the KIC 2000 software assumes each temperature zone in your oven is the same length. For
better profile display and profile prediction capabilities (Navigator) the user can manually enter the correct
zone lengths. See Figure 45.
Minimum and Maximum Set point Temperatures
This setting is used by the Navigator option as limits for it’s prediction results. The KIC 2000 softawre
uses default settings of: 70ºC min, and 300ºC max.
Enter the Minimum and Maximum temperature settings that your oven can control to. See Figure 45. This
will help the Navigator option maximize it’s prediction results.
Zone lengths – Deselct the chcek box if your zone lengths are not the same. Enter the acutal length for
each zone.
If your oven has non-uniform sized zones or has a large gap between some of your zones you will need
to edit the lengths to increase the accuracy of the predictions of the KIC 2000 software.
Oven Initialization File
For every oven you create a name for in the software an initialization file is created. This file is given the
name that you give your oven with a .kiccfg extension. This file will be located in
C:\KIC Profiler 2000\Ovens.
This file holds information about the zones in your oven, for the use by the KIC 2000 prediction algorithm.
By default the software will start with the following assumptions unless changed by the user:
The zones are uniform and consecutive with no large gaps between them.
The maximum rising temperature difference between any two consecutive heated zones is 50 degrees
Celsius.
The maximum falling temperature difference between any two consecutive heated zones is 20 degrees
Celsius.
The maximum valley temperature difference between any 3 consecutive heated zones is 20 degrees.
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Instructions on attaching TC’s
The next few screens, Run a Profile Screens # 4-6, visually demontrate attaching the thermocouples to the
board.
It is very important that you attach the first thermocouple (Air TC) so it extends 1-inch in front of the
leading edge of the board.
This Air Thermocouple MUST be plugged into the first channel on the SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer.
Attach the rest of the thremocouples and plug them into the SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer. Order is not
important, unless you plan on labeling where they are attached.
Depending on the selected Application type and or KIC profiler, the displayed graphics may differ. In any
case, always follow the on-screen directions. Contact KIC Technical support for assistance,
Example of KIC Explorer-Solder Reflow, Cure, and Wave Off - Application type specific graphics:
Example of SlimKIC 2000 -Solder Reflow, Cure, and Wave Off - Application type specific graphics:
Figure 46: Run a Profile screen #4
Figure 47: Run a Profile screen #5
Figure 48: Run a Profile screen #4
Figure 49: Run a Profile screen #5
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Example of SlimKIC 2000 Semiconductor - Application type specific graphics:
Wave On – Application type specific graphics
Figure 54: Run a Profile screen #6
Please see the Appendix for using the Aluminum tape to attach your thermocouples.
Figure 50: Run a Profile screen #4
Figure 51: Run a Profile screen #5
Figure 52: Run a Profile screen #4
Figure 53: Run a Profile screen #5
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Select Thermocouples and Start Profile
Figure 55: Run a Profile screen #7 – Select TC’s
Include Thermocouple (TC) Labels (20 char. Max) – Checking this will display a field below each TC
that is checked. Up to 20 characters can be used to describe the placement or location of that TC.
TC Number Check Box – Place a check next to each TC channel that is going to be used for this profile.
TC number 1 is always used for the AIR TC. You must have at least one other TC being used.
Live Reading – When the SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer are on and either plugged into the download
cable for data logging or transmitting to the receiver which is plugged in, you will see live temperature
updates for the TC’s plugged into the KIC Profiler. The TC checkbox must be checked as well to get the
temperature updates. If you do not see live temperature readings recheck all the cable and or computer
connections.
Battery Voltage – This displays a live reading of the SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer battery voltage. The
software will recognize if your battery voltage is too low and not allow you to start a profile until you have
a battery with enough voltage to complete the profile.
SlimKIC 2000/KIC Explorer Internal Temperature – This displays the internal temperature of the
SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer profilers. If the temperature is too high to complete the profile and stay
under the maximum temperature rating for the unit, it will not allow you to start the profile. You must wait
until the KIC Profiler is cool enough. The software will let you know what temperature you will have to
drop below.
If the selected Process Window has Separate Specs for TC’s, then the user must return to the Process
Window-Edit Specs screen in order select/deselect TC’s or change their text labels.
Buttons
Back (Arrow) This button takes you back to the previous screen.
Start Profile (Green Traffic Light) Select this button to start the profile.
Cancel (Red X) Button cancels the profile.
Select this button
to start a profile.
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The maximum operating temperature for the
KIC Explorer profiler is 85°C/185°F. If your
process temperatures will cause the KIC Explorer
to exceed this limit then DO NOT place the
profiler into the oven.
Starting the Profile
Make sure your KIC Profiler is powered on and ready to profile.
Once the oven has stabilized and you are ready to load the profiler and profile board into the oven select the
Green Traffic Light button.
Depending on the settings in the SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer and in the software you may have
to initialize the profiler at times. The KIC 2000 software will let you know when this is necessary.
This is done by attaching the cable from the receiver to the back of the SlimKIC 2000 or by
connecting the communication cable direclty to the KIC Explorer. Click on OK when it gives the
message that the initialization was successful. You will then be able to continue as normal.
After you select on the Profile Start button
the software will ask if all the oven control
thermocouples are within 2 degrees of the
set point value. See Figure 56.
¾ If you choose Yes, you will proceed to the next
profile sequence screen.
¾ If you choose NO, it will ask you to let the oven stabilize. If
the oven has stabilized and it still is not within 2 degrees of
the set values, your oven is not able to control to those oven
settings. Set the control temperatures it can control, return to
the Main Screen and start the profile over. See Figure 57.
Follow the on-screen instructions for best results
If your answer is YES it will prompt you to place the KIC
Profiler and profile board into the oven. See Figure 58.
Trailing Wire Profiling
The SlimKIC 2000 and KIC Explorer profilers can be used with
elongated thermocouples or a thermocouple extension long enough
to pass through the process. This is especially useful for low
clearance processes or higher temperature processes that would
normally cause a KIC profiler to overheat while inside the oven.
If you plan to keep the SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer connected
during the profile, ignore any message to unplug the download
cable from the profiler. At the end of the profile, be sure and leave
the product TC's connected long enough to achieve the profile-stop
trigger value, 110°C, otherwise the profile will not complete.
Leave the product TC’s connected until the download has
completed and the KIC 2000 asks you to turn off the KIC profiler.
Figure 56
Figure 57
Figure 58
The maximum operating temperature for the
SlimKIC 2000 profiler is 105°C/220°F. If your
process temperatures will cause the SlimKIC to
exceed this limit then DO NOT place the profiler
into the oven.
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KIC 2000 Data Collection Sample Rates
KIC Profiler Sample Rates
Application Type Samples/Sec
Solder Reflow 4
Wave Solder 10
Temp vs. Time Variable
Cure 3
Semiconductor 4
Table 1
The KIC Profiler sample rates will vary depending on the selected Application type and or profile length.
Note: KIC 2000 sample rates for both the SlimKIC 2000 and KIC Explorer profilers are the same for each
profile application. See Table 1.
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Live Profile Graph Display
Figure 59: Live Profile Graph Display
The Live Graph screen shows the real-time plot of the product going through the oven. This will only
appear for the KIC profiler-RF models or for Temp vs. Time profiles. See Figure 59. During the live
profile all of the tabs on the screen are inaccessible. The only action that you can take at this point is to
cancel the profile by clicking on the RED X button or the Profile Stop button for Temp vs. Time.
The Live Profile Graph display will remain on your screen until the KIC Profiler has achieved the trigger
temperature that determines the profile end.
Profile Status
The bottom part of the screen will keep you apprised of the progress of the profile in reference to the KIC
Profiler hardware status.
Waiting for the Air TC to exceed the start trigger temperature.
Profile started- Waiting for the Air TC to exceed the midpoint trigger temperature.
Profile will stop when all thermocouples drop below 80 Celsius.
SlimKIC currently retransmitting.
SlimKIC retransmission successful!
Live temperature readings and Delta
Temperature plots
Oven temperature settings
and conveyor speed.
Live profile status
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During the Live Profile:
The live profile is plotted on the graph, KIC Profiler RF models only.
The current temperatures for each thermocouple and the Delta between them are displayed in a
small window in the upper-Left hand corner of the profile graph. The elapsed time is also
displayed, KIC profiler Transmitter models only.
The current oven temperature set points and conveyor speed for this profile is displayed beneath
the Statistics table.
Temperature Triggers
The KIC 2000 software uses temperature triggers for the SlimKIC 2000 and KIC Explorer profilers to
determine when the profile is started, and when it ends. The use of temperature triggers makes it so that the
user does not have to worry about starting the profile a specific point or time. Instead the profile is started
at the same temperature and ends at the same point each time you profile, making the profile data collection
process easy and consistent.
The default temperature triggers are as follows for each respective Application type:
Wave Solder - Wave On Wave Solder - Wave Off
Profile start 33ºC/92ºF Profile start 33ºC/92ºF
Mid trigger 110ºC/230ºF Mid trigger 130C/266F
Profile end 90ºC/194ºF Profile end 110C/230F
Solder Reflow Cure Semiconductor
Profile start 33ºC/92ºF Profile start 33ºC/92ºF Profile start 33ºC/92ºF
Mid trigger 130ºC/266ºF Mid trigger 100ºC/212ºF Mid trigger 130ºC/266ºF
Profile end 110ºC/230ºF Profile end 80ºC/176ºF Profile end 110ºC/230ºF
The default trigger values should be fine for most processes. The Profile start-trigger is determined by the
Maximum Product Temperature at Start of Profile setting in the Global Preferences screen. The start
trigger value is always 2ºC above this setting.
In the event that the mid-trigger, or end trigger values need to be changed, or you feel that you are
experiencing a problem related to temperature triggers please contact KIC Technical support,
For Temperature vs. Time profiling, trigger temperatures are not used. Instead a Profile Stop button is
displayed in the bottom-Right hand corner of the profile graph screen.
KIC 2000 Profile Retransmission
For users of the SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer thermal profilers with RF capability.
While the KIC Profiler transmits the live profile data to the KIC 2000 software; it simultaneously stores the
profile data in its memory.
Once the KIC profiler detects that all of the thermocouples have cooled below the profile-end trigger value,
it will begin retransmitting the profile data to the KIC 2000 software via the SlimKIC 2000 receiver or
KIC Explorer Base Station. When retransmission begins, the KIC profiler will send the profile in data
packets. The retransmission status is displayed at the bottom of the screen. See Figure 60.
Figure 60: Retransmission of Profile Data, RF Profilers only
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When all of the data packets have been received, the software will display a message asking you to turn the
SlimKIC 2000 or the KIC Explorer off, choose OK. Failing to turn the KIC profiler off will drain the
batteries.
Next, the KIC 2000 software will automatically analyze the profile data and presents the profile and
statistics. If you purchased the Navigator option, the predicted oven settings will be displayed as well.
See Figure 61 through Figure 64.
Viewing the profile and statistics
Figure 61
General Tab – Shows graph, statistics, and recipe
Figure 62
General Tab – Graph view (double-click on graph)
Figure 63
General Tab – Statistic view (double-click on stats table)
Figure 64
Description Tab Shows Description notes, statistics, and recipe
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Profile Optimization with the KIC Navigator Option
Figure 65: Optimization Tab
The Optimization Tab allows you to set the search functions of the Navigator Option. The Navigator will
search through millions of set point and conveyor speed combinations to find the optimal setting for each
product. This optimization is based on what options you select in this tab.
Original PWI – The Process Window Index for the original profile
Best PWI – The best Process Window Index that can be found based on the oven recipe optimization
constraints selected.
Speed Change – The total change to the conveyor speed for the best oven recipe found.
Total Set point Change – The sum of all set point changes for the best oven recipe found.
Search Mode for Optimization
Minimize PWI – Search for the combination of set point temperatures and conveyor speed that
will minimize the Process Window Index.
Allow Zone Set points to Change – This option will determine if Navigator will include zone set
point changes when predicting new solutions.
Allow Conveyor Speed to Change - Choose whether to allow Navigator to vary the conveyor
speed. If you choose this feature, you can set the minimum and maximum speeds.
Maximize Conveyor Speed – Search for the set point temperatures that will maximize conveyor
speed.
Minimize Energy Consumption – Optional Power Feature; Search for the oven settings that will
minimize the power consumpotion of the oven by finding set point solutions with slower conveyor
speeds and lower temperature settings.
Conveyor Speed Constraints
As long as the Allow Conveyor Speed to Change feature is selected, these options will be available.
Low – Select the minimum conveyor speed you would like Navigator to recommend for new products.
High - Select the maximum conveyor speed you would like Navigator to recommend for new
products.
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Manual Profile Prediction
The KIC 2000 software has automatic (Navigator), and Manual Prediction capabilities. The standard
KIC 2000 software installation includes Manual Prediction capabilities.
Manual Prediction gives the user the flexibility to easily predict changes to the oven settings (temperature
settings, conveyor speed), and view the results without having to spend the time actually running the
profile. This feature is very helpful to the user, minimizing the time spent fine tuning or developing a
thermal profile.
Original/Predicted set points – Manual Prediction
Figure 66
Original/Predicted set points – Navigator (Optional)
Figure 67
This is an example of how the KIC 2000 software (standard and with Navigator) lists the PWI, and oven
settings for the profile. This table is divided into the original section (top), and the Predicted section
(bottom). See Figure 66.
The original values represent the oven settings at the time the profile was run. The predicted values
represent the prediction results as determined by the Navigator software.
If you purchased the Navigator software option, the KIC 2000 software will automatically generate results
that are best suited for the selected Process Window. In the event you wish to modify the prediction results
of the Navigator, you can do so. See Figure 68.
To predict changes to the oven settings, or modify the Navigator prediction results, click on the zone you
wish to change. In the example below, zone 1 has been selected. See Figure # 68.
Figure 68
Type the new temperature setting, and then press Enter. The Navigator will predict the results of that
change, and then automatically update the PWI, predicted Statistics, and the profile graph. The new
predicted results will be displayed on the graph in a dotted-line format. This format enables the user to
easily determine the difference between the original and predicted profiles. See Figure 69.
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Profile Graph Display
Figure 69: Graph Display
The PWI for the profile is displayed in the bottom-Left corner of this screen. If the measured PWI is below
100%, the value will be displayed in a Green font. See Figure 70. If the measured PWI is 100% or higher,
the value will be displayed in a Red font. See Figure 71.
Figure 70: PWI In-Spec
Figure 71: PWI Out-of-Spec
This display method enables the user to easily identify if the profile is in or out of spec.
Original profile plot
(solid lines)
Predicted profile plot
(dotted lines)
Profile Graph
A PWI under 100%
is acceptable
A PWI above 100%
is unacceptable
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Graph Controller
The Graph Controller allows the user to modify the
view of the KIC 2000-profile graph. To open the Graph
Controller, Left-click on the TC column header in the
Statistics table or Double-Left –click, anywhere just
outside the profile graph.
Auto Scale – The Auto Scale feature will automatically
adjust the X, and Y axis scales to fit all of the data in the
profile graph. When the Auto Scale feature is disabled,
the user must manually input the minimum and
maximum scale settings for the X, and Y axis scale of
the profile graph.
Selecting Thermocouples to View
The TC’s section is a list of the thermocouples used for
the profile. By selecting All you are selecting that all the
thermocouples used for the original profile will be
displayed on the profile graph. In the event that you
wish to view the profile without a particular or multiple
thermocouples, you can deselect individual
thermocouples, or deselect the All check box, and
choose only the thermocouples you wish to view.
Deselecting Thermocouples
If a thermocouple has become disconnected during the profile, the profile results (PWI) may be affected to
due above normal peak temperatures and such. This situation may cause the profile PWI value to be
artificially inflated due to bad data. In the event a single or multiple thermocouples become disconnected
from the product during the profile, you can deselect the affected thermocouple(s). The KIC 2000 software
will recalculate the PWI, and update the profile statistics based on the remaining thermocouples selected.
You must select at least one product thermocouple.
Grid – Enables/disables the view of the X, and Y-Axis scales.
Reference Lines – Enables the view of Reference Lines displayed on the profile graph. These lines
represent any temperatures referenced in the selected Process Window.
Zone Lines – Enables the view for the oven zone lines on the profile graph.
Predicted TCs Only - Removes the Original profile plot form view, displaying only the prediction profile
plot on the graph.
Zero Decimal – When viewing the Pointer tool, this setting enables or disables the decimal display. When
unchecked, the software will display one decimal point.
Internal Temp – Enables the view of the KIC profiler’s internal temperature profile plot on the graph.
Figure 72: Graph Controller
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Automatic Calculation of Delta T + Delta (or range) for all Stats
The software will automatically calculate, and display in the statistical chart, the Delta for both the original
and predicted profile data for all TC’s for all Statistics. See Figure 73. This is the range of the highest to
the lowest value for any given specification. This information is strictly being displayed and is not factored
in to the PWI value and is not used in the Navigator or Auto-focus calculations. Note: For more
information on minimizing the Delta T, please refer to the Application Note on our web site at
www.kicthermal.com under the “Library”section: AN#20001 - Minimizing Reflow Temperature
Differentials (T) on Electronic Assemblies Using the KIC Navigator.
Pointer Tool
You can also view the Delta T (T), or Delta Temperature, at specific points across the profile by right
mouse clicking on the graph. This will bring up a Pointer and a chart will appear in the upper left corner of
the graph. See Figure 73.
Wherever the pointer is moved across the profile, the following data will be
displayed:
The first column is the actual temperature for each TC.
The second column is the temperature of the predicted profile data –
based on set point or belt speed changes.
The Delta T for both actual and predicted TC data.
The time during the profile at which the pointer is placed
Profile Screen Buttons
There are four buttons at the bottom of the profile screen.
Edit/Define Process Window – Choose this button to either view or edit the process specification(s) for
the product used in this profile.
Copy to clipboard – Choose this button to copy the profile data to the windows clipboard. You can then
paste the data to a different application.
Print – Choose this button to print a copy of the profile that is currently on your screen.
Green Check /Profile Explorer button– When finished viewing or analyzing the profile select this button
to either run another profile with this product or return to the KIC 2000 main menu. You will be returned
to the Profile Explorer if the profile was opened from there.
Figure 73: Graph Pointer
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Upon Exiting the Graph screen
Do you wan to run another profile with this product?
See Figure 74.
If you select No, you will be returned to the KIC 2000
main screen or the Profile Explorer if the profile was
originally opened from there.
If you select Yes, you will need to choose from the
Original, or Predicted recipe settings. See Figure 75.
Original – The same recipe settings used when
this profile was originally run.
Predicted - The recipe settings as predicted by
the Navigator option, or a standard prediction
manually input by the user.
For both the original and predicted recipe
settings, the software will automatically send
the selected recipe information to the oven controller. If there is no communication between the KIC 2000
software and the Oven controller, the KIC 2000 will display a dialog box showing the recipe information.
The user must manually enter this recipe information in the oven control software. See Figure 76.
Figure 76
KIC 2000 software will automatically apply the changes to the Run a Profile –Enter Set points screen. You
will exit to the Run a Profile –Enter Set points screen. If you are running on the oven controller PC, and
the oven is compatible with the KIC 2000 software the oven recipe will automatically be updated.
Figure 74
Figure 75
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Saving changes to the profile:
Any changes to the Description Notes or the Process
Window can be saved with the profile. See Figure 77.
This will permanently update this profile with the
changes. Changes to the Process Window saved here
only save the changes with the profile. To save the
changes to Process Window file see next dialog box.
See Figure 78.
Saving changes to the Process Window:
If you have made changes to the Process Window
from the Graph screen you can save these
changes when you exit the graph screen. The
Process Window will permanently have these
changes whenever it is used to profile from this
point forward.
The KIC 2000 software will take you to the Edit
Process Window screen in order to save the
changes that you have made.
The first dialog – “Do you want to run a profile with this product?” will appear each time you exit the
graph screen. Click on No if you do not wish to profile.
You will be sent back to the KIC 2000 Main menu if you had just completed running a profile. If you
opened the profile from the Profile Explorer you will be returned to the Profile Explorer. The other two
dialogs will only appear if changes are made to the Description notes or Process Window.
Figure 77
Figure 78
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KIC 2000 Profile Explorer
Figure 79
The KIC Profile Explorer is a powerful and simple data file management tool. For each unique product
name you use when profiling, the KIC 2000 software will create a folder with the same name. Under that
folder all the profiles run using that product name are saved. See Figure 79.
The list of product folders is in the upper left of the Profile Explorer. Click on a folder to display
the profiles in the profile section at the bottom.
The profile section can be sorted by click on any of the column headers. Single clicking on a
profile will display the Profile Description in the upper-Right corner.
Double clicking on the profile will display the graph and statistics for that profile.
Clicking on the Display Graph… button can also do this.
The default data path can be changed, see page 118 for details.
Buttons
Product Dimensions button (Tape measure) For Auto-Focus users, allows the user to edit the length,
width, and weight of the selected product. Whenever the product dimensions are changed in the
Profile Explorer, all the profiles in the directory will be updated automatically.
Save button with the Blue floppy disk allows you to save a profile to another folder or to a floppy disk.
Delete button (trashcan) allows you to delete the selected profile.
Display Profile button – displays the profile for viewing or analysis.
Main Menu button in the lower right corner returns you to the Main Menu.
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Inserting KIC 2000 data files from an outside source
KIC 2000 data files can be sent or received via floppy disk or email. In order to view them using the
KIC 2000 software, copy them to the KIC Profiler 2000\Profiles folder using Windows Explorer.
The next time you enter the KIC 2000-Profile Explorer screen the software will automatically create
folders for those profiles based on the profile name and move the profiles to the correct folders.
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Printing
The KIC 2000 software will print profiles only from within the profile display screens. There are two print
formats available. Print Format #1 is the default format used.
Select the print button at the bottom of the screen to print a profile. A print dialog box will appear.
See Figure 80.
Print Format #1
Figure 80: Print Options Screen – Print Format #1
Enter the “Company Name” and “Site ID.” Check the items you wish to include on your profile printout.
Press the Print button to print the report.
Press the Print Preview Button to display a preview of the report. See Figure 81.
Print Format # 1 Print Preview
Figure 81:
Sample Print Preview for Report Format #1. Report is printed in Portrait layout.
Includes the Company Name, Site ID, Date, Statistics, Profile Information, Set Points,
Profile Graph, Statistic Limits and Profile Description.
Print
Print
Preview
Cancel
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Print Format #2
Figure 82: Print Options Screen – Print Format #2
Enter the “Company Name” and “Engineer’s name”. Check the items you wish to include on your profile
printout. See Figure 82.
Press the Print button to print the report.
Press the Print Preview Button to display a preview of the report. See Figure 83.
Below are the additional options available with Print Format #2:
Memo Box –Enables/Disables a Memo Box area for Draft, Review and Approval Signatures and Dates.
Lead Free Logo – Enables/Disables the Lead-Free Logo display area.
Lead Free Logo Path – When “Lead Free Logo” is enabled, specify the path to any BMP image file that
you want to appear in the Lead Free Logo display area on the report. The default image is the KIC
Lead-Free logo image
Print
Print
Preview
Cancel
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Print For mat # 2 Print Preview
Figure 83:
Sample Print Preview for Report Format #2. Report is printed in Landscape layout.
Includes the Company Name, Engineer, Date, Statistics, Process Window, Set Points,
Profile Graph, Profile Description, Lead-Free Logo Area and Memo Box Area
Optionally, you can print the contents of any screen in the KIC 2000 software by pressing F9 on your
keyboard. The F9 function will not work while viewing the Profile Printout Setup dialog box.
Before printing make sure you defined a printer for use with Windows.
Changing Print Formats
The default Print Format is #1 (Portrait). Includes the Company Name, Site ID, Date, Statistics, Profile
Information, Set Points, Profile Graph, Statistic Limits and Profile Description.
You can change the default format by editing a KIC 2000 configuration file.
To change Print formats follow these steps:
1. Close the KIC 2000 software if open.
2. Using Windows Explorer, find and open the file: C:\KIC Profiler 2000\Log\GControl.kiccfg
3. Find the command line that reads:
[PRINT_FORMAT]
AlternativePrintFormat=0
4. Change the command line to read:
[PRINT_FORMAT]
AlternativePrintFormat=1
5. Save and exit the file: C:\KIC Profiler 2000\Log\GControl.kiccfg
6. Restart the KIC 2000 software, the new print format will be active. Confirm by printing a profile.
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Wave Solder Profiling
The SlimKIC 2000 and KIC Explorer profiles can be used to measure wave solder profiles. Profiling wave
solder machines using a KIC profiler is very similar to profiling a solder reflow oven. The KIC 2000
software will guide you through the profiling process.
KIC does not recommend installing this software on an oven controller PC if you plan on running wave
solder profiles. Contact KIC for instructions should the need arise. [email protected].
Wave Surfer Profiling Device
KIC offers a wave solder accessory for the SlimKIC
2000 called the Wave Surfer. See Figure 84.
The Wave Surfer has embedded thermocouples that
give wave specific data including conveyor speed
each time you run it through your wave solder
machine.
Using the KIC 2000 software Wave Surfer users can
collect profile and wave data and using the
Navigator option optimize their process.
The Wave Surfer simplifies wave soldering profiling. The device is used to routinely check the wave
machine. Using the Process Window Index, the machines performance is measured each time a pass is
made based on the user selected Process Window.
Figure 84: Wave Surfer Device
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KIC 2000 software Wave Solder Profiling
This section will outline the steps necessary to setup and run a wave solder profile using your KIC Profiler
and KIC 2000 software. This section is written assuming the user has a basic understanding of the
KIC 2000 software and its functions before attempting to profile a wave solder machine.
Global Preferences
Unit of Measure - Wave solder machines generally use the Fahrenheit scale for preheat and solder pot
temperature measurements. If necessary change the temperature units to Fahrenheit.
Product Start Temperature – This temperature setting can be changed. It is up to the user to determine
what temperature setting will work best for their process.
Maximum Product Temperature at Start of Profile – This setting will determine the maximum product
temperature before the software will allow the user to start a profile. If any of the thermocouples connected
to the KIC Profiler or your product measure above this setting, the software will not allow the user proceed.
You will be prompted with a message stating that one of the selected TC’s is not reading valid
temperatures. You will have to wait till the thermocouple or the object your thermocouples are connected
to cools below this temperature setting before the KIC 2000 will allow you to proceed. This software
feature helps the user to collect consistent profile data by always beginning the profile with the same or
nearly the same product temperatures.
The KIC 2000 software also uses this setting to determine the profile start - temperature trigger value. The
profile start–temperature trigger is always set 2ºC above the “Maximum product temperature at start of
profile”. If the Maximum product temperature at start of profile is set to 31ºC, the profile start–
temperature trigger is automatically set to 33ºC, which is the default setting. When the Air TC reads above
33ºC, the profile will begin.
Process Window
The KIC 2000 software currently does not contain a list of fluxes or materials used specifically for wave
soldering; only a list of solder pastes generally associated with solder reflow. In most situations, users
defining a Process Window for a wave solder process will have to define their own specifications.
Select the line item at the top of the list- Define your own spec from the Solder paste Menu. You will be
automatically directed to the Edit Specs window where you can enter your unique process specifications.
Enter your process specifications, when finished; select the Green check button.
If you have followed the above directions, you should be looking at the Process Window screen. If you are
satisfied with the settings and wish to apply these specifications to all the thermocouples used, type a
descriptive name in the top field and select the Green check button. Select Yes when prompted to save the
Process Window file.
If you want to use different specifications for one or more thermocouples, you can do so.
Note: When running wave solder profiles with the” wave on”, KIC Profilers utilize two Wave TC’s in
addition to the Air TC to collect wave specific data. The Wave TC’s will connect to channels #2, 3 on the
KIC profiler. See the “Connecting Wave TC’s” section of this manual for details, page 58.
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Running a Wave Solder Profile
Figure 85: KIC 2000 Main Screen
From the KIC 2000 main screen select the Run a Profile button. See Figure 85.
RUN A PROFILE
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Name Product and Select Process Window/Application Type
Figure 86: Run a Profile Screen #1
Select your Product Name from the list. If you’re profiling a new product type the name.
Select your Process Window from the list.
Select your process type from the Applications list. The KIC 2000 software profile and prediction
results are based on this setting, it is imperative that your select the correct Application type. Failing to
do so can affect the profile results. For wave solder select to run the profile with the wave On or Off.
If you select Wave on, the KIC 2000 software will utilize two wave TC’s in addition to the Air TC.
The Wave TC’s will measure: wave dwell time and Parallelism when profiling with the wave on.
The Air TC must be positioned to run through the wave(s).
If you select Wave on, the KIC 2000 software will display preheat and wave profile data, but offer
prediction results only for the pre-heat section of the profile.
If you select Wave Off, you will profile similar to Solder Reflow, be sure and turn the wave off.
If you purchased the Wave Surfer select Wave Surfer from the Applications list.
Select your oven name from the list. If you’re profiling on a new oven or machine, type the name in
the “Oven Name” field.
Optionally you can type notes or descriptions for this profile in the “Profile Description” field. These
notes will be stored with the profile and can be edited later if necessary.
When you are finished with your selection, choose the Forward Arrow button to proceed. See Figure 86.
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Entering Temperature Set Points and Conveyor Speed
If you typed a new oven name, the KIC 2000 software requires you to enter the number of heated zones or
pre-heat zones in your wave solder machine.
See Figure 87.
If your process requires different top and
bottom set points, deselect the check box
labeled Top and Bottom set points are the
same This will allow the user to enter
different values for top and bottom heaters in
each zone. If your oven has top and bottom
heaters, but not in all of the heated zones,
just enter the same value as the actual set
point in that zone for both the top and
bottom setting.
This is also were you will enter the
temperature settings for each zone or pre-
heater in your wave solder machine and the
conveyor speed setting. In the field marked
Solder temperature enter the setting for the
solder pot temperature from your wave
solder machine.
When you have finished entering this
information select the Forward Arrow button
to continue.
Zone length, Minimum and Maximum Temperature settings
If you typed a new oven name, the KIC 2000
software also requires you to enter the length
of each zone as well as the minimum and
maximum zone temperature settings. This
information will help the KIC 2000 software
narrow the possibilities of prediction results
that your oven can actually achieve. See
Figure 88.
For wave solder processes you are required
to enter the distance from the end of the last
preheat zone to the beginning of the main
wave. Enter this value in the field labeled
Distance from end of last preheat zone to the
main wave.
Once you have finished entering this
information select the Forward Arrow
button to continue.
Figure 87: Run a Profile Screen #2
Figure 88: Run a Profile Screen #3
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Connecting the Air TC
The next screen shows directions for attaching the Air
TC to your product. It is important to follow these
instructions. See Figure 89.
The Air TC starts and stops the profile automatically,
measures the oven, and provides useful profile
information.
In certain processes it may be beneficial to wrap the end
of the Air TC with tape to give it more surface area.
KIC recommends wrapping the Air TC when profiling:
Wave Solder.
Anytime IR heat is present.
Wave Surfer
Wave Surfer users connect the designated
thermocouples to the corresponding channels on the
SlimKIC 2000.
Make sure the retainers holding the SlimKIC 2000 are
in place and secure. See Figure 90.
If any of the embedded thermocouples are damaged or show signs of
wear replace them.
In addition to the instructions given, it is very important that you
position the “Air TC” so that it touches the wave(s). The “Air TC
must pass through the wave in order to provide accurate profile
results. Of course it you are profiling a Wave Solder machine with
the wave off, the Air TC position is not critical to the profile results.
Select the Forward Arrow button to continue.
Connecting Wave TC’s
The next screen will depict thermocouple attachment for
wave solder profiling with the wave on. The KIC 2000
software utilizes two Wave TC’s in addition to the Air
TC to collect wave specific data. See Figure 91.
One Wave TC is placed on the Right side of the board
and one on the Left side near the leading edge of the
profile board.
KIC recommend using high temperature solder to
connect both Wave TC’s.
The wave TC’s will measure -Wave Dwell time and
Parallelism when profiling a wave solder machine with
the wave on.
Select the Forward Arrow button to continue.
Figure 89: Run a Profile Screen #4 – No Wave Surfer
Figure 90: Run a Profile Screen #4 – Wave Surfer
Figure 91: Run a Profile Screen #5
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The next screen will depict the placement of the
Wave TC’s and instructs what slot/channel of the
KIC Profiler to connect each Wave TC to.
See Figure 92.
It is very important to follow these directions.
Plug the Left-Wave TC into the #2 slot of
the KIC Profiler.
Plug the Right-Wave TC into the #3 slot
of the KIC Profiler.
When you have properly connected your Wave
TC’s, select the Forward Arrow button to proceed.
Connecting Product TC’s
The next screen will depict placement
of the thermocouples used for
profiling the product (Product TC’s).
See Figure 93.
Product TC’s are connected to the
product in key locations across the
product. The selected locations need
represent the highest and lowest- mass
areas of the product or even specific
temperature sensitive components.
Once you have connected your
Product TC’s to your product, connect
them to the KIC profiler stating with
slot or TC #4.
Select the Forward Arrow button to
continue.
Figure 92: Run a Profile Screen #6 – Wave-On
Figure 93: Run a Profile Screen #6
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Selecting the thermocouples and starting a profile
This screen displays the live readings from the KIC profiler for all thermocouples selected, as long as the
hardware is properly connected. See Figure 94. Make sure your KIC Profiler has a fresh battery and is
powered on.
Selecting Thermocouples - To select a thermocouple, check the box next to the thermocouple number.
The live temperature is displayed beneath each thermocouple label.
Thermocouple Labels - Optionally you can check the box to Include thermocouple labels. When this box
is checked you can type a text label for each selected thermocouple. 20 character maximum.
Figure 94: Run a Profile Screen #7
Distance from the Air TC – Measure and enter
the distance from the Air TC to each thermocouple
used, including the Wave TC’s.
Select the Help Measurement (Tape Measure Help)
button for an example of how to correctly measure
the distance from the Air TC. See Figure 95.
Figure 95: Wave-On TC measurements
Select this button
to start a profile.
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Once you have selected your thermocouples, you are ready to profile.
Make sure your KIC profiler hardware is properly connected to the computer. You will be able to view the
live readings for each selected thermocouple. If you don’t see the live readings, the KIC Profiler hardware
is not connected properly. Recheck the connections.
Select the Start Profile (Green traffic light) button to begin profiling.
The KIC 2000 software requires that the selected thermocouples read valid temperatures below the
Maximum product temperature at start of profile as set in the Global Preferences screen. The default
setting is 31ºC/88ºC.
If any of the selected thermocouples read too high, the following message will appear:
See Figure 96.
Figure 96
When the KIC 2000 software detects valid temperatures for all of the selected thermocouples, it will allow
you to start the profile.
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In certain situations the KIC 2000 software may display other messages with directions in addition to
what is outlined below. Read these messages and follow these directions carefully.
Next, the KIC 2000 software will ask you to verify
the oven is stable. See Figure 97.
Yes – The software will prompt you to put
the KIC Profiler and the board in to the
oven.
No – The software will ask if the oven is
getting closer to the set points.
See Figure 98.
Yes – The software will return to previous screen
to wait till oven is ready, oven set points within
2.0º/3.6ºF.
No – The software will ask you to change the
oven set point temperatures to the temperatures
that the control thermocouples are currently
reading, and then press OK.
The KIC 2000 software will have you enter the new set points and then recalculate the capability of
your oven. Then continue forward through the Thermocouple Attachment screens until you get to the
Select thermocouples screen. Then select the Start Profile button (Green traffic light) to start the
profile, once the oven has stabilized.
If you selected yes, the software shows a picture of and instructs the user to put the SlimKIC 2000 and the
board into the wave machine, and then select the Arrow Forward button. See Figure 99.
Figure 99: Wave Surfer Device loading into Wave machine
Next, the software will display the Live Profile graph.
Figure 97
Figure 98
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Live Profile Graph Display
The live profile graph display is displayed only when using the SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer RF models.
The live profile graph display will show the profile plot on the graph for the current profile that is running.
See Figure 100.
If you have a SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer-Data log model, you will not see a live profile display.
Figure 100: Live Profile Graph Display
While the KIC Profiler is in the oven, and until the profile has ended, the software will continue to display
the live profile graph. The other tabs at the top of the screen; Description, and Optimization are
inaccessible. See Figure 100.
The live profile is plotted on the graph.
The current temperatures for each thermocouple and the Delta between them are displayed in a
small window in the upper-Left hand corner of the profile graph. The elapsed time is also
displayed.
The current oven temperature set points and conveyor speed for this profile is displayed beneath
the Statistics table.
The profile status is continually updated throughout the profile. SlimKIC 2000 and KIC Explorer
RF models only.
The Live profile graph display will remain on your screen until the KIC Profiler has achieved the trigger
temperature that determines the profile end.
Temperature plots
Oven temperature settings
and conveyor speed.
Live profile status
Live temperature readings and Delta
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Temperature Triggers
The KIC 2000 software and profilers use temperature triggers to start and stop the profile automatically.
The default KIC 2000 temperature triggers are as follows: See Table 2.
Wave Solder-Wave On Wave Solder-Wave Off
Profile start 33ºC/92ºF Profile start 33ºC/92ºF
Mid trigger 110ºC/230ºF Mid trigger 130C/266F
Profile end 90ºC/194ºF Profile end 110C/230F
Table 2
The default trigger values should be fine for most processes. The Profile Start-trigger is determined by the
Maximum product temperature at start of profile setting in the Global Preferences screen. The start trigger
value is always 2ºC above this setting.
In the event that the mid-trigger, or end trigger values need to be changed, contact KIC Technical support,
Profile Retransmission
For users of the SlimKIC 2000 or KIC Explorer profilers with RF transmit capability.
While the KIC Profiler transmits the live profile data to the SlimKIC Receiver or KIC Explorer Base
Station; it simultaneously stores the profile data in its memory.
Once the KIC Profiler detects that all of the thermocouples have cooled below the profile-end trigger
temperature, it will begin retransmitting the profile data to the KIC 2000 software via RF. The KIC
Profiler will send the profile in data packets. The retransmission status is displayed at the bottom of the
screen. See Figure 101.
Figure 101: KIC Profiler RF model only
When all of the data packets have been received, the software will display a message asking you to turn the
KIC Profiler off, choose OK. Failing to turn your KIC Profiler off will drain the battery.
Next, the KIC 2000 software will automatically analyze the profile data and presents the profile and profile
statistics. If you purchased the Navigator option, the predicted oven settings will be displayed as well.
If the Air TC or either Wave TC does not touch the wave(s), the KIC 2000 software will display an error
message: See Figure 102.
Figure 102

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