Germany-based vapor phase manufacturer IBL Technologies celebrates 30 years
IBL Technologies, LLC today announced that it is celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2017. IBL started in 1987 when Mr. Helmut Leicht started Ingenieurbüro Leicht as an engineering firm. The company moved beyond engineering in 1988 when IBL began manufacturing its first vapor phase soldering systems.
By 1992, IBL had developed the second generation vapor phase systems. These units would be the beginnings of the IBL machines that lead the industry today. In 1993, IBL received an award from the Bavarian government for environmental oriented developments. During the mid-90s, IBL went on to file more than 30 patents related to vapor phase technology, and in 1996 the company added its patented Soft Vapor Phase (SPV) technology to its vapor phase systems.
In 2001, IBL redefined its technology with the first vacuum vapor phase system. This was developed and patented in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute. IBL combined double soft vapor technology with an inline vapor phase system with Soft Vapor Temperature Control (SVTC) in 2008, and in 2009 the company began manufacturing vapor phase systems in the U.S. and redesigned its premium-line of vapor phase to the fourth generation.
The Integrated Profiling System was introduced in 2012 which is the precursor to today’s new Intelligent Profiling System (IPS), and the second generation traceability-system for the premium line came out in 2013. Also in 2013, IBL acquired the U.S. vapor phase manufacturer, R&D Technical Services and expanded its technical center and manufacturing capabilities in Burnsville, MN.
Jochen Lipp, IBL’s CEO stated, “With our new vapor phase generation we are stepping into a new future of reflow soldering. We are excited to present the new machine with a 15” easy-to-use touchscreen. The integrated intelligent profiling with auto convert function makes it very simple to create custom profiles in just one step. Real-time profiling built into the machine gives our customers traceability and quality control for every product!”
IBL prides itself with the development of several vapor phase soldering machines – from batch to inline – as well as a vacuum series of systems. Today IBL has a wide customer range from all industry segments of the electronic industry and more than 2000 installed machines worldwide. The company provides the highest soldering quality, low running costs and customer-oriented solutions. 2017 finds IBL as the leader in vapor phase technology and the company is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary. For more information, visit www.ibl-tech.com