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KIC X5 Thermal Profiler

KIC X5 Thermal Profiler

Thermal Profiler with SPC software and RF capability
For electronics assemblers seeking greater control over their process, KIC’s X5 thermal profiler combines robust hardware, a slim design, and automatic charting of critical process specifications.

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KIC X5 Thermal Profiler


Track More Data Points

With 7, 9, and 12-channel models, the X5 is able to acquire a lot of data, allowing you to precisely evaluate each thermal profile and process in your factory. Measure slope, peak temperature, time above liquidous, and more. Data is transferred to your computer via a USB cable or, for RF models, wirelessly through radio frequency transmitters—no cable connection required.

Data Made Useful

A lot of data means nothing without a way to parse it. The powerful SPC charting software that comes with the X5 helps improve production quality, productivity, and documentation over time by allowing operators to spot and correct process drift before it results in defects and yield issues. The collected data can also be analyzed with an eye toward overall process improvement.

Set Up Profiles in Seconds

In addition to helping to improve process in general, the X5 makes it easy to set up new profiles. Process improvement and optimization is automated with the X5, thanks to the included Navigator Power™ software. Navigator Power is able to identify the best oven setup in mere seconds, based on basic optimization criteria selected by the user. Users are quickly and intuitively guided through profiling, and a Process Window Index™ (PWI) lets operators know at a glance how “in spec” a given profile is—the lower the PWI number, the more centered the profile is within the process window. Finally, manual prediction capability allows users to instantly view expected results to changes in the profile.

Better Hardware, Longer Warranty

Featuring new improvements in hardware, the X5 thermal profiler from KIC is designed to withstand daily use in the toughest production environments, a claim that’s backed up by the profiler's two-year warranty. The new design also addresses the voltage spikes that can occur in some ovens and wave soldering machines with updated electronic circuitry that is more tolerant of these conditions.


KIC 'X5' Key Features

  • Robust hardware backed by 2-year warranty
  • Wireless data transfer with RF-equipped models
  • SPC (statistical process control) software included for documentation and production optimization
  • Simplifies oven setup: KIC’s optimization software selects the best oven setup for each new product in seconds
  • User-selectable setup criteria
  • Reduces profiling to a single number: The PWI (process window index) makes it easy for operators, techs, and engineers to see at a glance how close the profile comes to spec.
  • Immediate profile analysis: Objective and personnel-independent profile analysis gives you information you can bank on
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Navigator Software

Automatically set up the best recipe for any product in any reflow oven

KIC navigator

The KIC Navigator software included with the X5 makes it possible to optimize oven setup even for strict process requirements, ensuring maximum product throughput, better equipment utilization and more efficient staff allocation. 

Key Features

  • Finds the Best Possible Profile in Less Than 60 Seconds
  • Enable Deep-In-Spec Profile
  • Determines Single Best Oven Recipe for Every Product
  • Maximize Product Throughput

How It Works

KIC’s powerful Navigator™ software is a system that automatically determines the single best oven recipe for every product. Once the initial profile is run, the Navigator evaluates billions of combinations of conveyor speeds and setpoint temperatures in less than a minute, so operators no longer need to set search parameters.

You give the Navigator your profile specs, and the Navigator presents the process set up that will produce a profile centered in the process window, with the lowest Process Window Index™ (PWI). With the Navigator, an operator with limited process knowledge can find the optimal profile every time.

Whether it takes you two runs to set up a simple profile, or 5 runs for a difficult one, why spend the time? The Navigator finds the best possible profile in less than 60 seconds. This means more efficient use of the engineering resources, increased line uptime, and improved line uptime - which all mean an improved bottom line.

Without the power of the Navigator, solder reflow oven setpoint changes are typically made in 5°C increments. Research made possible by the Process Window Index shows that setting up the oven in smaller increments offers significantly improved process performance. Extensive testing revealed substantial benefits in setting up profiles in 1°C increments. Slight setpoint changes in the soak and reflow zones produced more robust profiles that reduced temperatures at hot spots on the board and provided more even heating across the assembly. Precision profiling also makes developing tight-spec lead-free profiles as quick and easy as any other profile with the Navigator.

Computer Requirements

Minimum System Requirements

  • Dual Core / 1 GHz Processor with 2 GB RAM
  • 2 GB available storage
  • Video 1024 x 768 resolution / 16-bit
  • 1 available USB port (for software key)
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP 32b SP3 and later

Process Window Index Explained

About the Process Window Index (PWI)

There are statistically valid methods for quantifying most EMS processes, such as pick and place and screen printer performance. However, until now there has been no widely accepted method for measuring, analyzing and comparing the performance of thermal profiles, and no means of ranking their suitability for reflow of newly introduced boards. The Process Window Index (PWI™), developed exclusively by KIC, is a simple way of statistically measuring and ranking how good any given profile is relative to critical process limits.

PWI ranks every thermal profile by where it "fits" within the user defined process window. Optimum performance is achieved at the center of this window, and is designated as 0%. The opposite or extreme edge is defined as 99%, A PWI of 99% indicates that the profile will process product within spec, but is running at the very edge of suitability, and of course, any boards processed with a PWI above 99% risk certain rejection. So for example, if the highest recommended temperature is 250° C and the lowest is 235° C, the zero point or optimal PWI would be midway between these extremes, or 242° C. The PWI reveals exactly where a given profile numerically ranks within the process window, which is a clear designation of how viable that profile is. Although slight fluctuations or deviations are normal in the reflow process, it's a certainty that the lower the PWI, the better the profile. It's as simple as that!

The Benefits and Advantages of PWI Ranking

Greatly Simplify & Speed The Profiling Process. All profile statistics are reduced to a single number – the PWI – that anyone can understand. When using advanced KIC profiling tool, such as Navigator, the PWI aids in speeding up the whole profiling process by making it easier to understand.

Instill Confidence in Thermal Process Capability. The PWI is not just a single statistic. It reflects the performance of the entire profile and thus aids in generating the best profile a process can achieve, opening the door to precise profile control.

Profiles Can Be Easily Compared. Comparisons can now be made quickly -- between individual lines on the shop floor, between processes at multiple plants and between processes using dissimilar equipment. With PWI, profile comparison is no longer subjective, since it ascertains that the best profile is being used.

Attain Improved Quality Control. PWI is ideal for use with SPC and other QC monitoring platforms. It is a significant step towards zero-defect production.

Lower Production & Equipment Costs. Immediate savings can be realized in each of these areas: staff training; operator errors; production monitoring and data collection; process troubleshooting, and pre-purchase equipment evaluation.

Calculating the PWI

The Process Window Index for a complete set of profile statistics is calculated as the worst case (highest number) in the set of statistics. For example: if you run a profile with three thermocouples, and four profile statistics are logged for each thermocouple, then there will be a set of twelve statistics for that profile. The PWI will be the worst case (highest number expressed as a percentage) in that set of profile statistics.

How Process Window Index (PWI) Is Determined

The Process Window Index is calculated using a formula that includes all statistics for all thermocouples. The formula for the PWI is calculated as follows:

i=1 to N (number of thermocouples)
j=1 to M (number of statistics per thermocouple)
measured_value[i,j]=the [i,j]th statistic's value
average_limits[i,j]=the average of the [i,j]th statistic's high and low limits
range[i,j]=the [i,j]th statistic's high limit minus the low limit

PWI formula

Thus, the PWI is the worst case profile statistic (Maximum, or highest percentage of the process window used), and all other values are less.

Add Ons

MVP - Manual Virtual Profiling Fixture
Spot-check profile without sacrificing a finished PCB.
Wave Surfer - Profiling Fixture for Wave Solder Machines
Verify wave solder process and fine-tune the machine for optimum performance.
Profiler Carrier for Edge Conveyor Reflow Ovens (no mesh belt)
Facilitates reflow profiling in ovens with edge conveyors -- with and without center board support. Also ideal for low-clearance ovens and those with extra-wide conveyor rails up to 379mm (14.92"). Minimum Dimensions (L x W X H): 400mm x 111mm x 17.5mm (15.75" x 4.37" x 0.69").
Maximum Dimensions: 400mm x 379mm x 17.5mm (13.75" x 14.92" x 0.69").


KIC 'X5' - Specifications
Dimensions (L x W x H) 7-channel
206 x 60 x 17 mm (8.1" x 2.4" x 0.7")
With shield: 302 x 75 x 23 mm (11.9" x 3" x 0.9")
206 x 75 x 17 mm (8.1" x 3" x 0.7")
With shield: 312 x 90 x 23 mm (12.3" x 3.5" x 0.9" 
206 x 98 x 17 mm (8.1" x 3.9" x 0.7")
With shield: 323 x 113 x 23 mm (12.7" x 4.4" x 0.9"  
Accuracy ± 0.5˚C
Resolution 0.1˚C
Internal Operating Temp. 0˚C to 85˚C
Sample Rate 0.1 to 10 readings/sec
Data Points 224,640
Data Transfer Standard model
USB 2.0 (Std-A/Mini-B) after datalogging run
RF model
Wireless over RF (radio frequency 433.92 MHz), sent real-time during datalogging run, or via USB 2.0 (Std-A/Mini-B) after datalogging run
Power Requirements 3 AAA batteries, USB cable when connected to a computer
Thermocouple Capacity Type K, standard (7, 9, or 12, depending on model)
Thermocouple Temperature Range -150˚C to 1050˚C
Thermal Shield Cool Touch Stainless Steel 7 or 9 channel
Computer Configuration
Minimum System Requirements 
Dual Core / 1 GHz processor PC w/2 GB RAM
2 GB available storage
Video 1024 x 768 resolution, 16-bit
1 available USB port for data download
1 available USB port for software key

Temperature Tolerance Table

KIC 'X5' - Temperature Tolerance Table
Maximum endurance in minutes at specified temperature
Shield 150°C 200°C 250°C 300°C 350°C
7-channel 17.5 minutes 12.0 minutes 9.0 minutes 7.7 minutes 6.5 minutes
9-channel 18.1 minutes 13.1 minutes 10.1 minutes 8.4 minutes 6.7 minutes
12-channel 17.7 minutes 12.0 minutes 8.9 minutes 7.1 minutes 6.1 minutes


KIC 'X5' Kit Contents

  • Slim-design thermal profile
  • Thermal shield
  • Software CD with Navigator Power and SPC software
  • Software protection dongle
  • USB cable (A male/mini-B)
  • RF transmitter (on RF models)
  • AAA batteries (6)
  • Scissors
  • Carrying case
  • Thermocouples (number dependent on number of channels)
  • Electronic user manual
  • Electronic hardware guide
  • Gloves
  • Getting started guide
  • Calibration certificate
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