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.
Fast forward 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.
Fortunately, companies like the ones listed here offer
products and/or services to help you cope with this brave new world.
SMT Repair & Rework Books
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
Automated Production Equipment (A.P.E.) | ape.com | 305-451-4722 | Key Largo, FL
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
in all aspects of PCB repair & rework.
Den-On Instruments Co., Ltd | denondic.co.jp | 03-3929-6800 | Japan
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
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 | finetechusa.com | 480 893-1630 | Tempe, AZ
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
Stencils Unlimited LLC | stencilsunlimited.com | 503-699-6529 | Lake Oswego, OR
of StencilQuik™, a faster more reliable rework process.
VJ Electronix | vjelectronix.com | 800-858-9729 | Bohemia NY
Manufactures x-ray inspection
systems and rework systems (SMT rework stations).
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.