A Novel Non-Contact Soldering Iron/Heat Gun for Electronics Fabrication

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0107
Agency Tracking Number: N091-007-0472
Amount: $449,849.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-007
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jay Rozzi
 Principal Engineer
 (603) 643-3800
 jcr@creare.com
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Title: Vice President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: rjk@creare.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
While contact-based soldering irons have been sufficient for the Navy"s needs for a number of years, the need to support new lead-free and older leaded solders is impossible with the current soldering irons without risk of cross-contamination. In addition, the combination of the soldering iron and heat gun into one device would reduce costs and operational constraints. Creare"s innovation is a novel Non-Contact Soldering Iron (NCSI) that can solder electrical connections and also function as a heat gun. The total weight of our battery-powered NCSI is approximately 3.4 lb and is similar to that of a common household flashlight. We have used low cost components such that the final parts cost of our NCSI will be approximately $230. In Phase I, we established the feasibility of our approach by completing critical soldering and heat shrinking operations with our proof-of-concept NCSI. During Phase II, we will develop a Functional Prototype for testing at Creare and Fieldable Prototypes for evaluation by the Navy and will execute our commercialization and transition plans. Creare will work closely with the Navy and the program offices during Phases II and III to ensure that we are responsive to the needs of DoD maintenance and flight-line efforts.

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