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Spring Connector Removal Machine

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000049921D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schlesier, RM: AUTHOR

Abstract

A bifurcated spring connector is removed from a printed circuit board by board by heating the spring connector with a microflame torch. The solder around the connector tail is melted, and a hook draws the connector out of the plated through hole while a solder sucker under the board removes the solder.

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Spring Connector Removal Machine

A bifurcated spring connector is removed from a printed circuit board by board by heating the spring connector with a microflame torch. The solder around the connector tail is melted, and a hook draws the connector out of the plated through hole while a solder sucker under the board removes the solder.

The heat is applied to the selected connector on the module side of the board using an oxyacetylene torch. This overcomes the usual problems of not enough heat to compensate for the heat sinking characteristics of the board, while not damaging adjacent connectors and/or other areas of the board.

A hook engages the connector under the spring opening and pulls it out of the board. Simultaneously, a solder sucker on the wiring side of the board removes the solder from the plated thru hole. A heated solder sucker makes contact with the bottom side of the board to remove the solder from the hole.

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