Computing stuff tied to the physical world

Manual labor

In Hardware on Jun 26, 2010 at 00:01

Isn’t it gorgeous?

Dsc 1738

Yeah – a panel of 20 UART Plugs, using my little reflow grill setup. Perfect, almost no adjustments needed – just two spots which didn’t get hot enough for a shiny solder joint and one solder bridge. Trivial to fix.

Except, ehm… all the chips were soldered on the wrong way around. Yet again: when it rains, it pours!

Fortunately, it was very easy to get all the chips off (using a hot air unit) and then redo the whole thing on a new panel. But it’s a shame, most panels now work out nicely these days. And this one came out really great. Oh well.

All I need to get a handle on is yours truly… doh.

  1. Oops…

    That’s the problem with mass production, it means you can make lots of identical mistakes very quickly :-)

    I’m pretty sure we’ve all been here, just on a smaller scale. I’ve certainly blown up countless components by putting them in backwards… Capacitors are always the most entertaining :-)

    Just hold on for a couple more weeks JC, it’s almost time for your vacation!

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