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Publication Date: 10/1/2011
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New Solderability Tester from Ascentech
MUST III wetting balance testing system.
Chester, CT — Ascentech LLC, the North American distributor for GEN3 Systems Ltd., has introduced Gen3's MUST Camera System, the latest improvement to the MUST III Solderability Tester (wetting balance).

The MUST Camera system enhances and streamlines small component alignment and inspection. Until now, operators struggled with the task of aligning small SMT components and visually verifying process steps and results. The new camera provides high magnification and a precision view of part-to-solder alignment while enabling the operator to easily monitor the solderability testing process. The heart of the unit is a USB 1/3-in. CMOS Color Camera, with a 3.3x Megapixel macro zoom lens.

Capabilities and features include up to 744 x 480 pixel resolution; up to 150 FPS; color to mono switching; power supply via the USB bus; close-up viewing of micro components; retrofittable to any existing MUST system; and easy setup.

The new MUST Camera system is equipped with a powerful yet user-friendly software package and toolkit that empowers the user to capture live images into various formats including bmp, jpeg, raw and tiff; capture a timed sequence of images at set intervals; zoom from 10 to 200 percent and rotate images; enable AVI recording for a defined period, and more.

The MUST III System is a wetting balance testing system capable of testing to all relevant solder standards including IPC, MIL-STD, IPC/EIA/JEDEC. It measures the solderability of a printed circuit board and/or component's metallic terminations by documenting the wetting curve of the unit under test. It is appropriate for testing all devices including multi-leaded components as well as SMT and BGA devices.

Contact: Ascentech LLC, 127 Goose Hill Rd., Chester, CT 06412 860-526-8903 E-mail: Web:

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