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Reflow Oven Fan Modified == Good PID loop \0/

16 May 2011

Today I made a slight modification to the toaster oven to see if I can improve the PID loop response.  I was having issues with oscillations no matter how much I adjusted the PID gains.  I suspected this was because I turned the oven on/off in response to the PID output.  This meant the internal oven fan pulled the temperature down below the setpoint a bit every time the oven was turned back on again.  Another side affect is the temperature would overshoot the setpoint a bit once the PID attempted to compensate for the undershoot.

Success! First Test Board Reflowed

15 May 2011 - Update

I have successfully reflow soldered a test PCB.  I got the PID routine tuned a bit and was itching to test out the reflow controller.  So, I applied some solder paster to a old relay controller board I developed and successfully soldered some components to the board.

Below are some pictures of solder paste and components applied to the PCB.

Reflow Controller Update

03 May 2011 - A quick update on the status of my reflow oven.

Reflow Controller

Reflow Controller Software Demo 1

23 April 2011

Uploaded video of the calibration routine used to adjust for overshoot.

22 April 2011