Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Investing in the Future: Automated Re-tinning

Importance of Re-tinning

In the PCB industry, the importance of re-tinning components prior to assembly is widely recognised. The way in which the re-tinning process is carried out is often crucial to the reliability of the components. Operator errors can cause damage to fine pitch leads and produce inconsistent results, so it is essential that the re-tinning process is automated.

Automated Processes for Optimal Results

Retronix's specialised services are designed to provide our customers with the most reliable and consistent results possible. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that we have given our final sign off on our brand-new automated re-tinning machine!

Retronix's Operations Manager, Calum Drummond, receives final sign-off certificate from ACE Production Technology's President, Alan Cable.

The machine is an LTS-QFP system which is being custom built to our specifications which will provide automated re-tinning processing in accordance with ANSI/GEIA-STD-0006-2008 standards. It is equipped with:

  • Articulated vacuum pick-up head
  • Matrix tray (JEDEC)
  • Camera centring station
  • Lead alloy compatible solder pots (x2)
  • Fluxing station
  • Preheating station
  • Washing station
  • Drying station 

This "hands off" approach will allow for automated solder dip coating of fine pitch QFPs and similar devices and will produce consistently reliable results. 

Retronix's Guarantee

All components which pass through Retronix are subjected to thorough automated optical inspection testing and you only pay for the components which PASS our strict inspection criteria. 

To find out more about our component re-tinning services, please visit our website

1 comment:

  1. Retinning is the process of re-soldering component leads to change over the final finish from one metallic type to another. Components of all types may be re-soldered, from capacitors, resistors, connectors, IC’s and BGA’s. Electronic components have various finishes depending on the component type and the manufacturer. Examples include: tin, tin-lead, gold, silver or sometimes they are just labeled as “lead-free” or “RoHS” compliant, without disclosure of the exact metallic content.
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