LEADING SOLDERING AND DESOLDERING PLAYERS

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By Sandhya Malhotra

Hand soldering and desoldering stations are very important in the manufacturing process. With the growth of electronics hardware manufacturing in India, whether it is in telecom, automobiles, power supplies, or electronic manufacturing services (EMS), every factory needs SMT (surface mount technology) machines for production, and here, SMT soldering/desoldering plays a vital role.

Electronics Bazaar carried out a survey among the leading firms that operate in all the various soldering and desoldering categorises, about their principal vendors. We contacted experts in manufacturing, EMS and SMT companies, who shared with us their preferences among the soldering and desoldering players. While this list is by no means comprehensive, it provides a glimpse into India’s leading companies and brands. The listing has been done in alphabetical order. We hope our initiative will be beneficial to our readers.

Listed below are the 10 most preferred companies suggested by informant companies. They were picked for their distribution network, principal companies and customer portfolio. As mentioned earlier, the companies have not been ranked, but listed alphabetically.
•    Advance Tech Services Pvt Ltd
•    Blue Sky System
•    Inde Enterprises (Weller)
•    INETest Technologies India Pvt Ltd
•    Klapp Heating Tools Pvt Ltd
•    Max Technology & Co
•    Metro Electronics Products
•    OK International
•    Sumitron Exports Pvt Ltd (Hakko)
•    Vineet Electric Company

INFORMANT COMPANIES
Listed below are the companies that shared their preferences with us, helping us to clearly identify the leading soldering/desoldering players.
•    Digital Systems Inc
•    Drive Technologies
•    Essemtech India
•    Jabil
•    Sanjay Technologies
•    SRV Telecom
•    Leaptech Corporation
•    Messung Systems
•    Nmtronics India Pvt Ltd
•    Renu Electronics Pvt Ltd
•    SB Technologies
•    SGS Tekniks Manufacturing Pvt Ltd
•    SLN Technologies Pvt Ltd
•    Spice Mobiles
•    Wings International

Advance Tech Services Pvt Ltd

Ajay Gupta, director

AdvanceTech was established in 1996 with the aim to bring to India world class equipment, tools and consumables for the electrical, electronic, automobile and pharma industry, apart from other commercial applications, including electronics maintenance. It is a distributor for soldering and desoldering stations.

Some of the products the company has been supplying include soldering/desoldering for SMD/PTH, solder POT, electric screw drivers, pneumatic screw drivers, torque meters, torque deciders, screw feeders, balancers, torque arms, air dispensers, air-free dispensers, syringes and barrels for dispensers, flux, spray fluxer, desolders  and many more.
“Majority of our distributed  products are engineered and manufactured in Japan, which gives an edge over others in terms of quality and reliability,” says Ajay Gupta.
Contact details: 709-710, GD-ITL Towers, B 8 Netaji Subhash Place, Pitampura Ring Road, New Delhi 110034; Ph: 011-47002024; Fax: 47002029; Email: info@advancetechonline.in; Website: www.advancetechonline.in
Blue Sky System

Sumeet Chadha, director

Started in 1988, Blue Sky System, specialises in lead free soldering tools, soldering irons, soldering stations, rework stations, magnifiers, repair tools, electric screw drivers, network cable testers, ultrasonic cleaners, electro thermal strippers, component boxes and anti-static products.
Each product goes through a stringent testing and checking phase. Since the company has ISO 9001:2008 certification, all its products adhere to international quality certifications like CE, UL, SGS and 3C. Apart from this, the products are subjected to manual checking before their dispatch.
“We have become the biggest electronic tools agent in China for many famous Japanese, American, German and Taiwan electronic tools brands like Goot soldering and desoldering tools (Japan), Mitutoyo calipers (Japan), Engineer electronic tools (Japan), etc. Our main aim for our Indian operations is to provide the best quality products at the lowest prices, along with genuine warranties and after sales service,” says Sumeet Chadha.

Contact details: A-53/2, Amritpuri-A Near ‘A’ Block market,  East Of Kailash, New Delhi 110065; Ph: 011-26239410, 26417351; Fax: 26239409; Email: sumeet@blueskysystem.com; Website: www.blueskysystem.com

Inde Enterprises

Puneet Singhal, partner

Established in 1975, Inde Enterprises is a distributor of world class imported products for electronic assembly, reworking, repairing and R&D. Apart from other products, Inde has been the exclusive distributor for Weller soldering, desoldering and SMD rework systems in India since 1976. It has offices in Chandigarh, Delhi and Bengaluru. The company is staffed with technically qualified and experienced people, and it stocks numerous products belonging to the ESD, QC inspection, and test and measuring domains. Its clients include hi-rel aerospace and defence related factories, laboratories, government and leading MNCs, etc. It also provides local support in major cities.
“Our vision, from the very beginning, has been to focus on our technical strengths and to provide application based solutions as well as competent after sales services,” says Puneet Singhal.

Contact details: 745 Sector 8-B, Chandigarh 160009; Ph: 0172-2544415, 2544417, 3248926; Fax: 4640415; Email: sales@inde.co.in, info@indeenterprises.com; Website: www.indeenterprises.com

iNETest Technologies India Pvt Ltd

Soni Saran Singh, managing director

iNETest Technologies India Pvt Ltd, an ELLIPSIZ Group company—is a one stop manufacturing and test solutions service provider for the electronics industry.

The company has been established in India solely to provide dedicated and  customised sales, service and solutions to customers in the fields of soldering and desoldering; PCBA test and inspection equipment; coating equipments for electronics and semiconductors; ICT fixturing and  functional testing; IC programming; quality and reliability; environmental testing and PCB routing.

“We are master distributor for JBC Spain in India, for its soldering, desoldering, microtweezer, re-work stations and hot air stations,” says Soni Saran Singh.   With its head office in Chennai, iNETest has also established sales and service offices at Bengaluru, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad, to provide the best sales and service support to its customers.

Contact details: 11th Floor, Block C & D, Ega Trade Centre,  809, Poonamalle High Road, Kilpauk, Chennai 600 010; Ph: 044-26400779, 044-26610171; Fax: 26610172; Email: pravin.joshi@inetest.com; Website: www.inetest.co.in

Klapp Heating Tools Pvt Ltd

Sanjay Merchant, managing director

Lappteck Technologies synergises the work of three companies including  Klapp Heating Tools Pvt Ltd, Nuteck Power Products and Aarushi Agencies. Klapp Heating has been a leader in the field of soldering stations for the last 17 years.

The company has been manufacturing soldering stations since 1990 and for the last three years it has started manufacturing desoldering stations—the Klapp 201—based on the demand within the industry.

“Our basic model is Klapp 926 and Klapp 926D, which is a temperature controlled soldering station that operates in the range of 200 to 480 degree C, with an accuracy level of within 2 degree C. We have also added lead free models to our range,” says Sanjay Merchant.
Contact details: 7, Vinayaka Apts, Ekta Park, Opp B U Bhandari Showroom, Wakdewadi, Pune  411003; Ph: 020-25824636; Fax: 25284626; Email: sanjay@klappindia.net; Website: www.klappindia.net

Max Technology & Co

Mukesh Rajput, CTO

Max Technology & Co was established in 1995 and deals in SMD reworking, hot air and basic soldering and desoldering, variable soldering, ESD safe PTH desoldering and microsoldering stations, apart from 7-in-1 SMD rework station cum battery analysers (mobile testers), micro soldering pens and soldering and desoldering fluxes. The company has 35 dealers and a workforce of 300 people. It has inhouse R&D and product designing teams.

The company claims to provide user friendly products at reasonable prices. It prides itself on its prompt after sales service/support and its new user training. Its chief clients are Onida, Titan, HCL and the many service centres of Nokia, Motorola and Samsung.

“We are setting up a new unit in Roorkee, Uttaranchal, and has plan to upgrade the existing facilities in its Mumbai unit by introducing new pick and place machinery and a fully automatic conveyor belt work table,” says Mukesh Rajput.

Contact details: 366, Ahmed Mansion, 1st Floor, Lamington Road, Mumbai 400007; Ph: 022-23821313/2384 1313/66586393; Fax: 66333729; Email: info@maxtechnoindia.com; Website: www.maxtechnoindia.com

Mectronics Marketing Services

Pankaj Saxena, partner

Mectronics Marketing Services was established in 1994 and is a supplier of PCB assembly floor consumables and support equipment. It also serves the various requirements of hybrid manufacturers and government R&D laboratories. The company’s product range includes SMT adhesives, solder paste, cleaning chemicals, replacement nozzles and spares, splicing tapes, temperature profilers and their consumables, rework stations, stencil cleaners, wave soldering machines, etc.
“Our loyal customer base is one of our major achievements. We focus on delivering trained engineering support, offering competitive pricing and ensuring quality,” says Pankaj Saxena. It has two offices located in New Delhi and Bengaluru and has a special support plan for customers located in the western region.

Contact details: 406, 4th Floor, Asish Corporate Tower, Karkardooma Community Centre, New Delhi 110092; Ph: 011-22375108, 65660266, 32964267; Fax: 22376446; Email: mectronics@mectronics.in, sales@mectronics.in; Website: www.mectronics.in, www.mectools.com

Metro Electronic Products

Manish Kwatra, CEO

Metro Electronic Products is a 50 year old company, dealing in testing and soldering equipment. It has one of the largest dealer networks across India. The company is the sole distributor for the Max Gold range of soldering equipment. Max Gold is a unique, indigenously developed range of products, designed especially for the Indian market and available at a very competitive price. The company also has a range of PTH soldering and desoldering equipment called Metro-Q. The entire range is ESD safe and suitable for a lead free environment. All the soldering and desoldering equipment are tip temperature controlled, with dual digital displays for the set and actual temperature.
The company has two retail showrooms in Delhi, which cater to a wide range of industrial and educational customers. It has a strong presence with its brands, Mastech and Metro-Q. “As per brand policy, our pricing is very reasonable. We work in close association with the industry to develop cost effective soldering and desoldering solutions,” says Manish Kwatra.

Contact details: 355, Old LajpatRai Market, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006, India; Ph: 011-23868195, 47508195, 23875355;  Email: infometroq@gmail.com; Website: www.metroQ.in

OK International

Dilip Rane, regional manager, SE Asia

OK International has been a leading manufacturer of production assembly equipment for almost 60 years. Its family of complementary products include soldering, rework and fume extraction systems. Over the years, OK International made a strategic decision to focus on developing, manufacturing and marketing proprietary products in the production assembly field. To that end, OK acquired Metcal, a firm that made soldering and desoldering and rework systems; and Techcon Systems, in 1996. These acquisitions, along with Impell have served to strengthen OK International’s core competencies.
OK International, which became a Dover company in 2000, is a one stop shop for production assembly equipment and consultancy services. “We provide expert product support and responsive customer service with localisation to meet regional market needs” says Dilip Rane.
Contact details: Bagmane Laurel – 1st Floor, Block C, Bagmane Tech Park, C V Raman Nagar, Bengaluru 560093; Mobile: 9821852474; Fax: 020-66130269;  Email: drane@okinternational.com; Website: www.okinternational.com

S S International Services

Mohan Thadani, director

Founded in 1981, S S International Services has been representing leading manufacturers from USA, Europe and the Far East. It sells SMT soldering and desoldering systems of world leaders Zevac AG, Switzerland. The Zevac range in SMT rework covers all known SMT components, including BGA’s Flip Chips, MEMs and MFNs. It has a wide range of customers, including Amrita Institute, Asia Brown Boveri, Astra Microwave Products Limited, Alcatel Network Systems, Bharat Electronics Ltd and BARCO. “Our motto is to ensure excellence in our equipment and in our services to customers,” says Mohan Thadhani.

Contact details: 15, Birbal Road, Jungpura Ext, New Delhi 110014; Ph: 011-41823119, 41823120; Fax: 011-24317369; Email: ssgroup@ssgrouponline.com; Website: www.ssgrouponline.com

Sumitron Exports Pvt Ltd

SK Jain, CEO and MD

Sumitron Exports Pvt Ltd was established in 1986 and is one of the well known in the Indian electronics industry, dealing with some world class products from global manufacturers and suppliers. Some of its principals include the Hakko Corp, Japan; Koki Tec Corp, Japan; BeamWorks, USA; EBSO GmbH, Germany; Kester Components Pte Ltd, Singapore; ITW Chemtronics Inc, USA; etc. It supplies soldering and desoldering stations, irons and SMD rework stations from Hakko and wave soldering machines from Koki.

“Our company’s main philosophy is to serve customers efficiently by offering them the latest technology, competitive prices and excellent service support. At Sumitron, we see judicious media planning and campaigning as effective tools to strengthen and expand our base in the industry,” says S K Jain.

Contact details: 27, Community Centre, Naraina, Phase-1, New Delhi 110028; Ph: 011-41410631/41410632/41410633/41410634/41410635; Fax: 41410494, 25891761; Email: sumitron@vsnl.com, sumitron@airtelmail.in; Website:www.sumitron.com

Vineet Electric Company

Founded by Dinesh Vineet in 1982, Vineet Electric Company manufactures high quality soldering tools with the brand name, Siron. The  company offers a wide range of  soldering tools catering to most industrial needs and also offers customised solutions for specific needs. With a policy of providing high quality at a reasonable price, the company has gained a reasonable share of the market.

“We follow a stringent three tier testing procedure to offer the highest quality products. Since our inception, we have been working towards customer satisfaction by offering only quality products—thus adding value to our clients’ business, building long term relationships with them, while ensuring excellent customer service and on-time delivery,” says Dinesh Vineet.

Contact details: K-3 Krishna Nagar, Delhi 110051; Ph: 011-22546065; Fax: 22046074, Email: siron_vineet@yahoo.co.in; Website: www.eindabusiness.com/soldering-iron