Monday, February 10, 2014

Q&A: Hakko Rep Dave Ford Talks About the Hakko FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System

Here's the second of a three-part interview series focusing on the three Hakko products (FX-951 Soldering Station, FR-801 Hot Air Rework System, and the FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System) that are part of our 30th Anniversary Partner Promo. Our Hakko rep, Dave Ford, provides expert answers about what makes these systems stand out.

We continue our series with a look at Hakko's FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System:

Hakko Rep, Dave Ford
Q Source: Hi Dave. Please tell our readers about the Hakko FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System. Is this simply a dual-channel FX-951?
Dave Ford: At first glance, the FM-203 may appear to be a double FX-951…but there is so much more than that potential here.

Q Source: Good to know. Can you elaborate?
Dave Ford: The FM-203 can power two FM-2027, 70-watt handpieces using different tips and different temperature settings simultaneously. It also powers the following accessories:
Q Source: So, the user has a number of soldering options available using just one station?
Dave Ford: Yes, this makes the FM-203 a versatile and economical choice not just for assembly, but professional rework as well.

Q Source: Are there different configurations available?
Dave Ford: Yes. The FM-203 is available with a single 70-watt handpiece, with two 70-watt handpieces, or with a single 140-watt handpiece. Tweezers options, purchased separately, include a 70-watt handpiece and a 140-watt handpiece.

Q Source: Does the FM-203 have a vacuum pump?
Dave Ford: No, it doesn’t. The FM-2024-21 comes with a control box that attaches to your compressed air supply and converts that to vacuum for the FM-203’s desoldering handpiece. If the user requires a vacuum pump, Hakko offers their 3-channel FM-206, which features an internal air pressure/vacuum pump.

Q Source: Okay, let’s talk about the handpieces. Why the need for a 140-watt handpiece?
Dave Ford: Well, there is an obvious and a not-so-obvious answer to this question. Obviously, large-mass thermal loads like power components, headers, choke caps, and such are soldered more quickly with higher-powered equipment. In the personal electronics areas, as the devices get smaller and do more, the potential for sympathetic reflow along the traces increases and in the case of smart phones, it tends to wick heat away before the joint comes into reflow. Power simply gets the job done faster and safer.

The Hakko FM-203 is available in two different
configurations as part of our 30th Anniversary Partner Promo
Q Source: One more question. Why the two different tweezers options?
Dave Ford: The FM-2022 Parallel Remover is designed for larger SMT parts and features a stationary side and an opposing side that moves parallel to the first to avoid a less natural arcing movement over larger distances. The Micro Tweezers (FM-2023) uses much finer tips in a smaller movement for better control on 0603 and smaller parts. Breaking out these very different applications made a lot of sense to our volume users.

Q Source: Thanks again for your time, Dave. We're sure our readers will enjoy this overview of the FM-203.
Dave Ford: No problem. And remember, next time we're going to talk about the FR-801.

To place an order for the Hakko FM-203 Dual-Port Soldering System please visit our 30th Anniversary Partner Promo Page at or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email. Please check back soon for the final part of this interview series, which will look at the Hakko FR-801 Hot Air Rework System.

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