[sdiy] SMD rework equipment

Tim Ressel timr at circuitabbey.com
Fri May 20 01:45:17 CEST 2016

I have a tweezer-style remover for my Metcal. They are nice for pulling 
off passives and small ICs. Also you can get hot air rework machines 
pretty cheap.


On 5/19/2016 4:20 PM, Jason Proctor wrote:
> dear sdiy,
> although i'm mostly a software guy, i've done a fair amount of 
> building modular synth modules and music gear, and my record for stuff 
> working after i've built it is pretty good. so i trust myself with 
> thru-hole assembly and maintenance etc.
> however, the little company for which i work is now planning a 
> hardware product, which is currently in prototype. we'd like to be 
> able to make small fixes (reattach cable to barely visible resistor, 
> etc) without bouncing back to our EMS, which costs money and time.
> question - what kind of gear would an EMS have to make SMD rework 
> "easy" ? is such gear affordable for small operations such as ours? is 
> it just a case of a big magnifying glass and a narrow solder point, or 
> is there more to it?
> thanks much for any help with this!
> Jason
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--Tim Ressel
Circuit Abbey
timr at circuitabbey.com

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