Solder Repair / Rework
Manufacturers & Services
Solder repair and rework
equipment has come a long way from the days when all electronic components had wire leads and solder was removed
using one of those spring-loaded vacuum solder suckers. Modern components the size of fly specs and ICs with
hundreds of solder balls underneath simply cannot be handled with the Radio Shack variety of equipment. Many of
the systems provided by these companies had microprocessor controlled heat sources and have built-in vacuum
It used to be that repairing a PCB or a circuit assembly was a fairly simple task. Point-to-point
wiring or the 2-sided PCBs - some even with plated-through holes - could be reworked with just a good soldering
iron and some solder wick. Removing a leaded component (remember when resistors had wires sticking out of the ends
of them?) was made simpler with a vacuum desoldering machine, but you could live without it.
to 2009. Finding even a single leaded component on a PCB is rare, and even the connectors are surface mount. In
some aspects, surface mount is actually easier to rework and with less chance of delaminating the substrate
layers. However, the small size of many surface mount components - same as small as 0201 (0.02" x 0.01") -
necessitates the use of a microscope and tweezers. Forget have a cup of coffee in the morning because the
magnified shake factor will make work nearly impossible. You will end up knocking nearby components off their
pads. That is another bother of surface mount - the small size requires heating with a hot air gun from above or
beneath, but either way you end up reflowing the solder on surrounding components.
like the ones listed here offer products and/or services to help you cope with this brave new world.
Solder, BGA, SMT
Repair & Rework Books
Solder Repair & Rework Resources
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Advanced Techniques US, Inc | atco-us.com
215-364-5588 | Warminster, PA
Manufacturer of BGA rework stations, manual and
semi-automatic pick & place systems, and full convection reflow ovens.
Air-Vac Engineering | air-vac-eng.com
203-888-9900 | Seymour, CT
Soldering and desoldering systems.
Automated Production Equipment (A.P.E.) | ape.com
305-451-4722 | Key Largo, FL
Rework and repair products including
Split Vision, Micro BGA, CSP (chip scale package) and plastic and ceramic BGA applications, together with
SMT, (surface mount technology) and traditional thru-hole desolder technology.
BEST, Inc | solder.net
847-797-9250 | Rolling Meadows, IL
Provide expert rework, troubleshooting, repair, and ECO
modifications to your PCBs.
Bokar International | bokar.com
570-842-4725 | Carbondale, PA
Produces and sells SMT (surface mount technology)
rework, repair and assembly tools and equipment.
Circuit Technology Center, Inc | circuittechctr.com
978-374-5000 | Haverhill, MA
Specialists in all aspects of PCB repair &
Den-On Instruments Co., Ltd | denondic.co.jp
03-3929-6800 | Japan
Research, development, design and manufacture of
soldering, desoldering, rework systems and tools for the electronics industry.
Dynamix Technology Ltd | dynamixtechnology.com
01865 842034 | England
CTC repair skills certification kits.
Engineering Lab | engineeringlab.com
905-785-1982 | Canada
Surface mount technology related products including surface mount
component kits, soldering | rework tools, as well as engineering related books, courses and training.
eTech-WEB | etech-web.com
512-833-5868 | Austin, TX
Builds, repairs and upgrades printed circuit boards with quality,
value and exceptional customer service.
Finetech GmbH & Co. KG
480 893-1630 | Tempe, AZ
Offers innovative equipment solutions for nearly every
kind of rework or micro assembly challenge.
Pace, Inc | paceworldwide.com
910-695-7223 | Annapolis Junction, MD
| rework tools and systems.
PDR | pdr.co.uk
530-676-6262 | Shingle Springs, CA
Focused Infra-Red (IR) rework systems for SMT/BGA rework.
Solderite | solderite.com
972-226-2655 | Plano, TX
Lead free soldering stations, soldering tools, tips.
Stencils Unlimited LLC | stencilsunlimited.com
503-699-6529 | Lake Oswego, OR
Producers of StencilQuik™, a faster more reliable
VJ Electronix | vjelectronix.com
800-858-9729 | Bohemia NY
Manufactures x-ray inspection systems and rework systems (SMT
Winslow Automation, Inc | winslowautomation.com/default.asp
408-262-9004 | Milpitas, CA
Providing fast, easy, cost effective solution for
alloy conversion and rework and repair of BGA components.
Zephyrtronics | zeph.com
909-865-2595 | Pomona, CA
Benchtop equipment and solutions for prototyping, R & D, low
volume PCB assembly, along with rework and repair.