In the previous post, we had discussed how to create your own SMT soldering iron. In this post, we shall discuss how you can use it in your PCB manufacturing process.
Steps before Using the Iron
Once you have filled the iron with solder, there are certain things that need to be done before you start using it.
- Without using the air pump, let the iron warm up by itself.
- Once it warmed up properly, plug in the air pump before using it.
Testing the SMT Soldering Iron
To ensure that the gun works as per your requirement, you can try testing it on a few work bench materials.
- Heat Shrink Tubing: With the tubing, you will find the iron is able to melt it instantly on heat impact.
- Adhesive: Soldering irons can be used to slice through hot glue or adhesive. Unfortunately, one of the results of this is that the adhesive can burn, or even difficult to cut through. This is where the soldering iron can come in handy. The air flow ensures that the heat is not too high or low. Hence, you will find that the adhesive will turn into liquid without burning.
Using the Soldering Iron on a SMT Component
Now that you are certain that the iron works well, you can get to work by using it on an SMT component.
- Place the tip of the iron on the solder. Let the solder melts completely.
- Use a vacuum to suck the solder into the storage chamber of the iron.
- Wait for a few seconds to ensure that the solder has traveled to the iron tip.
- Apply the solder onto the board, and insert the component. Ensure that the component has been placed properly, and does not move after the soldering process.
- Once this has been completed, clean the area of an additional solder.
As you can see, the Surface Mount (SMT) PCB Assembly soldering process can be easily done without the need to purchase any expensive soldering equipment. With this specialized tool, you can complete the soldering process quickly and efficiently.