Surface mounted components have become the choice of the electronics manufacturing industry to solve problems in the complex circuit boards. New components using increased lead counts on finer pitches make manufacturing difficult. The increased complexity, cost, and lead count of the Surface Mount Technology (SMT) components, and also the increasing compactness of the SMT assemblies have demanded the creation of newer rework tools as an essential part of electronics manufacturing. Therefore, it becomes essential to have a well-controlled process to assure that rework is not only possible but that it is consistent and flawless. Automation is the common answer to achieve both efficiency and quality. This paper describes a system for the automated rework of fine pitch components that is under development as part of the Center for Integrated Electronics and Electronics Manufacturing (CIEEM) at Rensselaer.

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