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February 22, 2010

Most Difficult Components to Hand Solder

In the spirit of the Olympics, we're looking to devise a contest to challenge our best soldering technicians. Can you suggest some of the most difficult hand soldering applications?

D. N.

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0201 Rework with a soldering iron. 15mil QFP hand soldering.

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Edward Zamborsky
Regional Sales Manager
OK International Inc.
Mr. Zamborsky serves as one of OK's technology advisers to the Product Development group. Ed has authored articles and papers on topics such as; Low Volume SMT Assembly, Solder Fume Extraction, SMT Rework, BGA Rework, Lead Free Hand Soldering, Lead Free Visual Inspection and Lead Free Array Rework.

Multi-row connectors with long pins, i.e. PC-104.

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Paul J. Koep
Global Product Manager
Alpha
Mr. Koep is responsible for product planning and technical marketing for the Preform Products at Alpha. He is the co-author of several patents in the areas of soldering applications focusing on reflow and alternative methods.
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