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IR Reworrk Station

Operratorrs Manual


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This manual is structured to enable a technician with no previous knowledge of the system to become familiar with
the operation and maintenance of the equipment. It contains a technical description to enable the reader to
understand the design features of the equipment. The safety section of the manual explains the inherent dangers
presented by any type of desoldering/soldering equipment, and warnings to minimise the risk of injury through
The following lists terms and abbreviations used in this manual, which may need explanation:
Low Voltage

Alternating current as found in mains supplies
Voltage below 24 volts
Printed circuit board
Radio Frequency
Surface Mount Technology
Surface Mount Device

Health and Safety at Work
The attention of users in the UK is drawn to the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act. Users in other
countries should familiarise themselves with the requirements of local health and safety legislation.
Warnings and Cautions
For the purposes of this manual a warning refers to a danger of injury to the operator whereas a caution refers to a
danger of damage to the equipment. The warnings and cautions detailed below are basic safety requirements and
are intended to ensure operator awareness of the dangers of the equipment.
1) Do not allow the Infra-Red spot from the lens unit (either directly or via mirror) to come into contact with the eyes
as serious eye damage may occur.
2) Do not allow the Infra-Red spot from the lens unit to contact exposed skin other than for a very short period, since
tissue damage may result.
3) Do not place parts of the body near the bottom of the lamp or near the back heater, since there is a risk of burning
or tissue damage.
4) When placing work under the lens, ensure the Infra-Red spot is switched off, to prevent unwanted localised
5) Death or serious injury may result from electric shock. It is therefore essential to isolate
the equipment from the mains before commencing repairs.

6) To eliminate the possibility of burns, allow time for the equipment to cool before commencing maintenance.
1) Damage due to overheating may result from the equipment being left in any state other than idling or shutdown for
any period when the equipment is not in continuous use.
2) To eliminate the possibility of accidental operation of the footswitch ensure that it is located in a position where
nothing can rest or fall on it.
3) When using any selected lens attachment ensure that the minimum spot size used conforms to that stated in the
relevant text. Failure to comply with this instruction may result in damage to the iris.
4) Do not allow the spillage of any liquid to fall on the ceramic emitter (back heater) as damage may result.
5) Due to the use of glass optical components the lens unit and all lens attachments should be handled with care.
PDR Focused IR Safety Statement
Extensive tests have been conducted covering both Electrical and Infra-Red safety aspects on all of PDR's products.
The tests were administered by a National Physical Laboratory approved establishment: ERA based at
Leatherhead, Surrey, England.
The Infra-Red system was tested for its maximum emission produced during working operation and the following
results obtained:
1. On a non reflective surface, i.e. FR4 substrate, if one's eye is placed 150mm away looking down at an angle one
could be subjected to approximately 0.9mW/cm2 at full power.
2. On a reflective surface, i.e. polished aluminium at a normal distance of 300mm, one would be subjected to
approximately 0.9mW/cm2.
The equipment is operator safe, tested for electrical safety in all aspects and complies with the relevant European

XT5P Configuration and Installation

The XT5P was introduced early 2008 and has been developed to be able to be upgraded from a basic system
without BGA alignment to the full system as seen below.
Basic Features include: Focused IR Component Heating, Non-contact IR Temperature Sensor, Precision Pick-up
with Micro-rotation/Micro Z-movement, 1200W IR PCB Preheater, PDR T5 PC Controlled Controller with
ThermoActive V4 Software Control.
Optional Advanced Features: CCTV/Prism Based BGA Alignment System.

Focused IR Component Heating

CCTV/Split-beam Prism
BGA Alignment System

IR temperature Sensor

PC Control
IR PCB Preheater

X/Y Table


The XT5P should be installed by personel trained by PDR, or by a PDR Distributor. The systems are robust and
forgiving but installing them incorrectly can result in loss of performance and dissatisfaction with the product.
The equipment must be sited on a firm surface at least 1.5m x 0.75m and at a height to suit the operator. The
location should be chosen to suit the flow of work.
Place the controller and PC monitor on the right of the main system (the T5 PC controlled controller should go to the
back-right of the XT5P) and the CCTV monitor on the left.
The immediate areas must be free from draughts (airconditioning draughts are often a problem) that may reduce the
heating efficiency. The lighting should not be so bright as to prevent the operator from viewing the I.R. spot or the
digital controller's L.E.D. displays. A mains electricity supply, free from R.F. interference, other noise, glitches etc.
must be readily available.

Principle of Operation
The principle of operation of the XT5P Infra-Red rework unit is that whilst being heated from above and below, a
single SMD is subjected to similar temperature/time profile during rework, as it experiences during reflow in the
original production process.

Temperature Profile
In operation the component is put through a full reflow procedure. The XT5P Basic system uses a software
controlled system 5-stage process including 2 preheat stages, a soak zone, followed by reflow and final soak stages.
All parameters such as temperature levels and ramp rates are precisely controllable, as recommended by board and
component manufacturers.

The XT5P is designed for rework single/double sided and mixed technology printed circuit boards. The top heat is
derived from a 150 Watt short wave I.R. lamp focused through a lens system. The bottom heater delivers 16002000 Watts medium wave IR. In normal use, approximately 30-40% of the energy is provided by the top heater, and
60-70% of the energy is provided by the back heater. The above diagram shows how the energy is applied to a

Technical Description
Infra-Red Lamp/Lens System
The Infra-Red lamp/lens system comprises an Infra-Red lamp, an upper lens assembly, an iris assembly and a lens
Infra-Red Lamp
The 150 Watt Infra-Red (I.R.) Lamp is located in the lamp housing at the top of the unit. The lamp emits short wave
I.R. radiation at approximately 1.0um
Upper Lens Assembly
The purpose of the upper lens assembly is to collimate the radiation from the I.R. Lamp into a formatted beam
before projection through the iris assembly.
Iris Assembly
The iris assembly is located between the upper lens assembly and the lens attachment, and serves in conjunction
with the lens attachment, to vary the diameter of the I.R. beam spot size to suit the component to be removed.
Lens Attachments
The lens attachment focuses the beam into a spot. The spot size is determined by the divergence angle of the lens
attachment. A range of interchangeable lens attachments are available to cater for different sizes of component.
The selection of the lens and spot size should allow for approximately a 5-10mm overlap of the component.
The minimum and maximum spot size of the lens attachments are as follows:

A frequency selective filter is fitted to the underside of the lens attachment to reduce the amount of visible light
passed. The remaining red light is at a level which is comfortable for operator viewing and allows the user to view
the spot.
Control System
The main Type 5 control box is used to provide electrical power to the various functionstop heat, back heat,
vacuum, thermocouple inputs etc. Detailed operating instructions are described in the section 'Soldering and

The XT5P models use the PDR T5 controller which are PC controlled using PDR software. Use of the software will
be described later in the section 'Soldering and Desoldering' but an illustration of what to expect is shown below.

Back Heat (PCB Preheater)

The backheat is applied by a 1600 Watt (or optional 2000 Watt) medium-wave infrared emitter controlled by the
software/digital controller and performs three functions:
1. It reduces the risk of thermal shock and PCB de-lamination (PCB blistering)
2. It counteracts the heat sink effect of a power plane in the PCB.
3. It preheats the PCB and component.
XT5P (software control) - up to four thermocouples (T/Cs) can be used and displayed. The raytek, IR non-contact
thermocouple - T/C #1 is aimed at the component and is used to display and control the component temperature by
switching the Topheat. An optional IR non-contact thermocouple - T/C #2 is aimed at the PCB and is used to display
and control the PCB temperature by switching the Backheat. (Note: To use backheat T/C #2 must be plugged into its
socket even if it is not used. If it is not plugged in the controller will sense a sensor break and will switch off the
You now have a very basic explanation of the system. The main principle with the PDR rework system is to put a
single component through the same thermal cycle as in the reflow process during original production. A micro-oven
process. To use the system see the next section of help 'Soldering and Desoldering'.

Soldering and Desoldering with the XT5P

This section has 3 main parts
Reference Information
Operating Procedures

Reference Information
There are Four sections here - The Science in SMT Rework, General Principles, Control and Settings, Alignment

The Science in SMT Rework

A lot of time, money and intellect is employed in developing a successful SMT production process. More needs to be
directed towards rework. Why, because post production soldering/rework is a fact of life for many reasons. The
cause of 80% of field failures is down to 'reworked' joints and you either scrap a lot more product, or sort out the
'soldering/rework' process by introducing industry standard, best practices. This article explains some of the science
The metallurgical bonding process of Soldering
Soldering is a metallurgical bonding process where two metal surfaces (e.g. copper pcb pads, and copper
component leads) are joined together by bonds formed with a 'bonding' material (a suitable metal alloy i.e. tin/lead
solder), which is heated above its melting point and below the melting points of the metals being joined.
The bonds are formed in one of two ways: by the formation of intermetallic compounds (an irreversible chemical
process), or by diffusion or absorption (a physical process).
When joining eutectic tin/lead solder (63Sn/37Pb) and other high tin alloys with copper, two intermetallic compounds
are formed. On the copper side is Cu3Sn and on the solder side, the relatively rough and irregular Cu6Sn5.
The intermetallic compounds of copper and tin form crystalline grains (in layers), whose structures are determined by
the length and intensity of the thermal interaction. Short reaction times form fine grains, which promote good
solderability and solder joint strength. Long reaction times can result in coarse grains, and a thick intermetallic layer.
A thick intermetallic layer creates poor solderability and joint strength, affecting the mechanical strength and longterm reliability.
Although the integrity of a solder joint is normally considered to be dependent on the thermal process during
assembly, metallurgical reactions can also take place during storage. Intermetallic layers continue to grow
coarser/thicker even at ambient temperatures. Therefore, when parts or boards are solder coated or pre-tinned,
prolonged or improper storage cause these layers to grow, severely affecting the solderability. Alternative lead
finishes and passivated copper pads can be used to combat these problems.
The function of Flux
The soldering process cannot happen unless clean, un-contaminated metal surfaces are present.
Lead finishes are normally covered by thin films of tarnish, which can be described as two layers, differentiated by
the way they are bound to a surface. Chemically bound are the layers of oxide, sulfide and carbonate, as well as
products from any preceding production steps. On top of these layers are a physically bound residues including
water, gases and residues from preceding reactions.
This is where flux plays its part. The main requirements for a flux are the:

removal of the outer residues.

displacement of the chemically bound oxides etc.
exposure of pure substrate molecules to enable the formation of intermetallic compounds during soldering.
protection of the freshly cleaned surfaces from re-oxidation prior to reflow.

Flux starts to work at about 130/150C and needs to be present throughout the process.
Typically low solids fluxes react in around 7 seconds. They have evaporated before you need

them. This is why gel/paste type fluxes (which can react for several minutes) are excellent for 'high end' rework
The Reflow Process
In a soldering/rework operation, the objective of the 'reflow' process is to achieve high quality solder joints on all of
the components' leads on a particular assembly, and do to this consistently.
The reflow process involves heating the component leads, pcb pads and solder/solder paste above the melting point
of the 'bonding' alloy (solder) so that the solder melts, bonds and forms a homogeneous fillet connecting the leads to
the pads. As well as solderability issues, consistency in the reflow process depends on the ability to control the
application and variation of heat. This controlled heating is called the 'profile', or 'thermal profile'.
A typical profile in production includes preheat, soak, reflow (spike), and cooling zones. In a good rework operation it
is becoming more important to develop a sophisticated profile very similar to the original used in production. There
are slight differences in the requirements, mainly in that you are normally only trying to 'solder/de-solder' a single
component with all the particular solderability and thermal considerations that may affect it, however the basic
principles still apply.
The preheat zones gently raise the temperature of the component/pcb from ambient to about 130C, generally at a
ramp rate of 2C/second or less. This will minimize the potential for thermal shock on the components due to varying
heat capacities. The preheat zone also begins the volatilization of some of the solvents added to the cream for
printing and releasing.
The soak zone holds the component/pcb temperature at 130C for 30-60 seconds, continuing the drying process to
prevent out-gassing and possible spattering of the solder paste (if used). This zone is also where the flux begins to
remove the oxides from the surfaces of the leads, pads and the powder itself. The resins and/or higher boiling
solvents remain as a cover to prevent the re-oxidation that would readily occur at the elevated temperatures. Rework
operations do not always include a soak zone, but theoretically they should do.
In the reflow, or spike zone, the temperature is more quickly raised 20-40C above the melting point of the bonding
alloy. Known as the point at which reflow occurs, or 'reflow', the melting point is normally between 183C and 188C
for standard solders (Lead-free solders have melting points 20-40C higher). It is above reflow that the solder wets
the surfaces and forms the intermetallic bonds. The maximum temperature to be reached is normally 210-230C for
tin/lead based solders. The maximum ramp rate in this zone is typically 4C/second and the period of time above
reflow (dwell time) is typically 30-60 seconds.
The dwell time should be long enough to allow for all of the joints to reach temperature and form the bonds. Too long
a dwell time can lead to excessive intermetallic formation. Both of the intermetallics are brittle, and if they make up a
large portion of the fillet, can lead to premature failure of the joint.
The optimum profile is not the same for all components. In the real world, almost every assembly has different
thermal characteristics across the board due to different components or component densities. Variations in the board
itself can lead to large differences in thermal mass. However, it is easily possible to establish a pattern and develop
a range of profiles to take into account all the factors.
It is perfectly possible to establish a cost effective post production, soldering/rework process. A range of equipment is
often needed. Consideration of the basic science is vital. As well as the method of heating, it is as important to
conduct extensive research, testing to be get the ability to control a process in a repeatable manner.

General Principles
The principle of operation of the XT5P Infra-Red rework unit is that whilst being heated with IR from above and
below, a single SMD is subjected to similar temperature/time profile during rework, as it experiences during reflow in
the original production process.
Temperature Profile

In operation the component is put through a full reflow procedure including 2 preheat stages, a soak zone, followed
by reflow and dwell stages. All parameters such as temperature levels and ramp rates are precisely controllable, as
recommended by board and component manufacturers.
Back Heater (PCB Preheater)
The Back Heater's function is to preheat the PCB and component, this protects the PCB from delaminating and the
component from thermal shock. The Back Heater also equalises the conductive effect of the ground plane of the
The quartz IR heater preheats the PCB and the heat conducts through the PCB and preheats the component, so
when you introduce the Top Heat there is no chance of thermal shock. The balance of heat energy supplied should
be approximately 75 % from the Back Heater and 25 % from the Top Heat.
Top Heater (Focused IR Component Heater)
The XT5P has a lens system that generates IR heat and projects it onto the component. The IR is very gentle and
covers the whole component to create a 'micro oven' environment without affecting adjacent components. The IR
spot is adjustable using an iris and is adjusted to cover the desired component.
IR Temperature sensor
The XT5P is equipped with an accurate non-contact, IR temperature sensor to measure the component temperature.
The sensor is aimed at the centre of the component from a distance of around 60mm. It averages the temperature
read over an area of about 12mm diameter and is used to measure component temperature at all times. The XT5P
uses a T5 contoller/software combination to provide control.

Control and Settings - PDR T5 Digital Controller (XT5P - Computer Controlled System)
Control Software - Control Screens and Features
The XT5P is controlled by PDR ThermoActive V4 software. This section illustrates different screens and features.

There are 3 main screens (Run Mode, Settings and Logging). The principle is that you set targets...the system
monitors the component temperature with non-contact IR sensor (T/C1)....and then controls the component
temperature by increasing or decreasing the topheat power. The result is logged and can be analysed, printed out
(doulble click on graph to enlarge)...and also stored for reference. The logging is a vector image and is stored as
part of the profile.
The best method is to load a default
profile for your device and then save each
result as default 01, 02, 03 etc. This
keeps a record of your rework.
The software indicates what PCB and
component have been selected. The
folder name = the PCB indent. The file
name = the profile = component type,
ident, location etc.
Folder Name = Topline 967001
(PCB ident)
File name = BGA 225-U1-F700-01.lmd

Selected Profile

Starting, Pausing and Stopping

Start begins the cycle. Pause allows you to pause the time but continue heating up to the temperature limit. Stop
stops the cycle.

Vacuum and Align

PDR ThermoActive V4.03+ - Control Settings

The general principle of the PDR V4 software is basically there is a component/PCB temperature target glide-slope
and the system will use thermocouple information to control the process as desired. There are 3 modes to choose
from to use the software,

Manual Profile Mode - the original on/off control mode

Auto Profile Mode - new mode that adds automatic proportional control of component heating
Fixed Power Mode - new mode for odd applications

Control Modes
The original 'Manual Profile Mode' consisted of a temperature/time based target. The Temperature/Time profile is
set up and the system will follow the target during rework cycle. See examples below,

The system steps through the stages/zones (preheat/reflow/soak etc) based on a time, i.e. there is a clock ticking
and the cycle progresses through the profile irrespective of the temperature reached.
In 'Auto Profile Mode' we have introduced component temperature ramp rate control and also a wait for PCB temp
feature. The system now automatically adjusts the intensity of the component heating to follow a desired maximum
ramp rate, can also pause to wait for a minimum PCB temperature to be achieved and only steps through to the next
phase when temperature targets are reached. See examples below,

Profiling is a lot easier. A mixture of ramp rate, temp and time targets can be used. In this example, there are 6
zones: 1 - B/H Preheat (PCB preheater only up to 90C), 2 - Preheat (Topheat/bachheat up to 150C at a controlled
ramp rate), 3 - soak 1 (time based soak), 4 - reflow (Component up to 225C at a controlled ramp rate, PCB upto
160C), 5 - soak 2 (time based soak), 6 - cool down (at a controlled ramp rate). The system is set to be gentle
during preheats and more aggressive during reflow.
Default Profiles
To help, we have included various default profiles to try out with the software control. We strongly recommend you
open a default profile...Manual, Auto and Fixed Power Mode...and practice rework on dummy boards and
components before launching into action on your live pcbs. Profiles that you develop will probably not vary very
much from original defaults and they generate better understanding of reworking with the XT5P. For more detailed
technical information contact your PDR representative for help.

Settings Screen

Control Mode Select

Run Mode/Settings/Logging Mode Select Tab

Wait for PCB Temp Select

PCB Preheater Zone 2

On/Off Select

Software Lock - Password Protected

Main Parameters
T/H Power% (max)
Power% (min)
Limit (temp)
B/H Power% (max)
Limit (temp)
Time (sec)
Wait for PCB Temp

Number of Zones
Align (Time and Power)
Standby Power

Topheat intensity - max limit within that zone
Topheat intensity - min power for that zone (Manual Mode Only)
Max component temperature for zone
Backheat intensity - max limit within that zone
Max PCB temperature for zone
Duration for zone
A tick in the zone 2 checkbox will make the software wait for the previous zones
B/H (PCB Temp) limit to be met before continuing with zone 2
a +ve value will set time for zone, T/H power will be adjusted to control to this value
a value=0, the software will maintain temps for the duration set (Soak)
a -ve value, cool down, the software will control the temp descent, for the time set.
Between 1-10
Controls topheat for alignment of component within IR spot
Backheat standby intensity

Backheater Zone Control

Zone 2 (on/off)

Switches B/H zone 2(outer) on/off (checked/pressed = on)

Ramp rate (C/Sec)

Software Skins

Go here to change software skin to different colours just for


Power/Time/Temp Settings (For reference only - already preset in the default profiles)
TopHeat Power Settings (Max%)
Attachment \ Zone
0 - 10
0 - 10
0 - 15
0 - 20
Auto Mode

20 - 30
25 - 35
35 - 45
45 - 55

20 - 30
25 - 35
35 - 45
45 - 55

55 - 65
60 - 70
65 - 75
75 - 85

30 - 40
35 - 45
45 - 55
55 - 65


Backheater Power Settings (%)

50 - 80
70 - 100
60 - 100

50 - 80
70 - 100
60 - 100

50 - 80
70 - 100
60 - 100

50 - 80
70 - 100
60 - 100



Typical Time Settings

Attachment \ Zone
















Typical Tempearture Target Settings

Component (T/C1)
Lead-free (T/C1)
PCB (T/C2)



The tables only provide general guidelines as many factors influence the required settings (i.e. position of a
component/thermal mass of PCB) therefore the same component on a different board may possess very different
thermal characteristics.
For more precise information on actual temperature reached on a component and/or PCB, the Data Logging feature
in the software provides a graphical report of the temperatures reached during rework cycles.

BGA Alignment
The XT5P can be purchased with, or without, a CCTV/Prism based BGA alignment system. In practice it may not be
needed as BGAs are often placed within very accurate pcb markings to aid pick and place systems. For this reason,
we have made the feature optional and fully upgradeable at a later date. The procedure for aligning and placing a
BGA with the BGA alignment system is as follows,
1. lock pick-up and vision arms (using the black locking levers at the rear of the arms) before alignment and
placement. Lower Component to 1mm above pcb and macro align X/Y/rotation

2. Lift Component, move prism in, focus lens on pcb, move component down into focus, adjust rotation, x, y

3. Move Prism out to the left, carefully place component onto fluxed pads, move pick-up out, lens in..and reflow

The procedure while preparing to rework SMT/BGA components is as follows,

Switch on and warm up

Select 'profile' required for PCB/component (XT5P)
Select lens attachment and set lens height + spotsize
Sort tools and fluxes required

Switch on and warm up

The following simple procedure will warm the system up

Switch on the XT5P Controller, Lightbox and PC

Allow system to warm up - 5 to 10 minutes

Selecting a Profile to use (XT5P)

The following simple procedure will get you started,

Press 'open' - bottom left in control panel

Select required PCB - this is the 'folder' containing your component profiles
Select component - the 'filename.lmd' within the opened folder

Main Control Panel

The 'Open' Screen

The default 'folder' is 'Profiles. You can create a new folder and it will appear as a folder within the default folder. The
idea is to name the folder as your PCB ident, and then name a profile with full reference to the component e.g.
'BGA225 - U21.lmd'. We have created some default profiles (e.g. 'F700 Standard.lmd') which will give you a good
starting point when using the system and creating new profiles.
The idea is to select say 'F700 Standard.lmd' to be used with the F700 lens attachment, to be used for most large
QFP, PLCC and BGA. This profile contains all the parameters needed (powers/ times/ temperature targets/ zones
etc) as displayed under the 'Settings' tab. (Tip - try the profile..if it does not rework successfully, alter the times not
the powers!! Temp Mode sorts itself out automatically)
Tech Note: Within Default Profiles folder are default profiles for use with F200, F400 and F700 Lens attachments.
The profiles have all the correct power/temperature parameters for the respective attachments. Temperatures are for
standard solder. Lead free solder will require higher reflow temperatures (probably 250-260C). For you application
times may need to be varied slightly if you are using Time mode.
Up to four thermocouples (T/Cs) can be used and displayed. The raytek, IR non-contact thermocouple - T/C #1 is
aimed at the component and is used to display and control the component temperature by switching the Topheat. An
optional IR non-contact thermocouple - T/C #2 is aimed at the PCB and is used to display and control the PCB
temperature by switching the Backheat.

Lens Attachment Selection

The 'quick' procedure for lens attachment selection and setting is,

Select lens attachment

Press 'Align'
Adjust lens height (lens to PCB distance)
Adjust Spotsize (exceed component by 6 -10mm all round)

From the information provided in the table, select and fit a lens attachment to give a spot size appropriate for the
component to be removed or replaced.

Spotsize (mm)
4 - 18
8 - 28
12 - 35
20 - 70

Lens to PCB Distance (mm)

70 - 120

Typical Components
Chips, SOICs, SOTs, PLCC44
uGAs, BGAs, QFP100, PLCCs
BGAs, QFP208, PLCC96

With a PCB fitted in the XY table jaws, and positioned under the lens unit, adjust the Lens height using the rack and
pinion height adjuster. The correct 'lens to PCB' distance will be dependent on the lens attachment selected. Use
the above table as a guide.
Note: Lens to PCB distance can be set with a rule or by moving the lens until the spot is sharply focused when the
machine is on and alignment is pressed (set the iris to the half open position and press the alignment button in the
software control panel).

Tools and fluxes required

The following are required for use in soldering/desoldering operations:

SMT Tweezers, fine tipped

Flux Dispenser Bottle
Low solids and Gel/paste flux

When using PDR IR Rework units, we recommend Alpha fluxes (or equivilant) for all soldering/desoldering
operations. It is vital to use correct materials for successful rework. We use two types, a low solids liquid flux for
general rework and a gel/paste flux for QFP/BGA rework.
The above tools/fluxes are available from PDR separately, or as a BGA Rework Start-Up Kit and SMT/BGA Flux Kit.

Preparation Summary
The procedure while preparing to rework SMT/BGA components is as follows,

Switch on and warm up

Select settings or 'profile' required for PCB/component
Select lens attachment and set lens height + spotsize
Sort tools and fluxes required

Operating Procedures - XT5P (Computer controlled system)

Having done the preparation, you are now ready to begin SMT/BGA rework. The basic SMT process for soldering a
component is as follows...

Materials (Components, PCB, Flux and Solder)


To get good results you need to have absolute control over all variables in stages 1,2 and 3. It is important to
exercise all the same care in SMT/BGA rework as is applied throughout the various stages of a typical SMT line. So,
there are some variations but the following would be the recommendations from PDR for SMT/BGA rework.
Soldering a QFP (or other SMDs excluding BGAs)
Apply solder paste (or just gel flux if all pads have sufficient and flat solder mounds)
Align and place component
Cool, clean (as necessary) and inspect
De-soldering a QFP (or other SMDs excluding BGAs)
Apply a little liquid flux (use gel flux on a QFP to help joints flow and leave solder on PCB)
Remove component
Cool, remove old solder (as necessary), clean (as necessary) and inspect
Soldering a BGA
Apply gel flux (solder paste if using Column Grid Arrays or if internal procedures demand)
Align and place component
Cool, clean (as necessary) and inspect
De-soldering a BGA
Apply a little liquid flux under the BGA to help joints flow
Remove component
Cool, remove old solder, clean (as necessary) and inspect

Reworking with the PDR IR-XT5P

Removing a component (Desoldering)
Put PCB in jaws - and position under lens
Press Align - position component in the centre of the IR spot and adjust spotsize to be approx. 6 -10 mm
larger in area than the component.
Apply flux - to solder joints.
Press Start button - the system will automatically cycle through the Preheat, Reflow, Dwell and Cool Zones.
At about 150 C the flux will start working. There will be two bursts of smoke (flux fumes) and on the second
one you should have reached reflow at about 200-210C. The software takes you to 220-230C topside
component temperature
Remove component - with tweezers, vacuum pen or the vacuum pick-up.

Replacing a component (Soldering)

De-flux and cool the PCB - remove old flux residue and generally prepare the PCB.
Put PCB in jaws - and position under lens
Press Align - position component target in the centre of the IR spot and adjust spotsize to be
approx. 6 -10 mm larger in area than the component area.
Apply flux - to solder pads - use gel on a cooled board for best activity. If the existing solder in insufficient
or has been reworked more than once, it may be necessary to remove all old solder and replace with a good
solder paste.
Place and align component onto fluxed pads (or solder paste). For fine-pitch and BGA devices use the
Pick-up, CCTV and split-beam facilities (see 'Alignment' section), for standard devices look visually
down and align. Move the Pick-up out of the way during the heating cycle.
Press Start button - the system will automatically cycle through the Preheat, Reflow, Dwell and Cool Zones.
At about 150 C the flux will start working. There will be two bursts of smoke (flux fumes) and on the second
one you should have reached reflow at about 200-210C.
During Reflow - tap the PCB very gently 1 or 2 times to help any mis-alignment (optional procedure).
Cool - allow the PCB/component to cool to below 160C before moving.
Clean flux residue off PCB if necessary
Check solder joints

Standby and Shutdown

The XT5P has been well made but remember it is a heating system and therefore it could be very hot in places after
use. Be careful nobody puts anything on the backheater. Create a 'standby' profile with the backheater standby
power turned right down (10%), or select the System Stand By.lmd profile.
If the equipment is to be left unused for more than one hour, switch it off using the controller's POWER switch and
exit the PC software. The PC may be left running as required.

Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Calibration

There are 4 sections in this area of the manual

Main Equipment Maintenance

General Troubleshooting

Main Equipment Maintenance

All maintenance should be performed when the machine is switched off, and has been allowed to cool to avoid the
operator accidentally receiving burns from hot parts of the machine.
The only lubrication necessary is the application of a thin coating of grease to the threads of the height adjuster and
the lens attachment. The recommended grease is a Lithium grease. After application all surplus grease should be
removed by wiping with a clean tissue. Bearings should not need lubrication.

At the end of each working day wipe any surplus flux and/or solder paste from the equipment with a clean

Periodically clean the exposed surfaces of the equipment with a soft cloth slightly moistened with water.

The lens assembly should be cleaned using Iso-Propylalcohol. Care should be taken to ensure that the lens
cloth is clean as any contamination of the cloth could cause scratching of the glass surfaces.
Caution: do not use solvents for cleaning any part of the equipment as they may damage the operation and finish.
Changing Fuses
Fuses should only be changed with the equipment switched off, and the equipment isolated from the electrical
supply by removing the IEC socket from the machine.
The mains fuse is located at the back of the equipment and is changed by withdrawing the fuse holder and
withdrawing the fuse.
Changing the IR Lamp
The IR lamp may be changed by the following procedure:

Ensure that the equipment is switched off and mains cable is removed from the mains supply.
Slacken the small screw securing the lamp housing to the lens unit. Lift off housing.
Withdraw the lamp from the housing. Fit replacement lamp taking care to handle only the outside edges of
the glass reflector. If the bulb within the lamp is touched then the lamp may fail prematurely.
Refit lamp housing to top of lens unit and secure clamp screw.

Cleaning the IR Lamp Pins

The lamp contact pins should be cleaned with mild abrasive paper if there is evidence of pitting or corrosion. Lamp
socket should be changed every two months to avoid corrosion problems.

Calibration Procedures
All PDR systems leave our factory calibrated, working and in excellent overall condition. After careful installation by
PDR approved personel, your system should be in the same original condition. Of course, during normal working use
the systems will eventually need cleaning, re-adjusting and calibrating. Calibration procedures include the following,
Check all functions work

PC serial communication - RS232C - T5 (XT5P) Controller

vacuum (working and effective - the pick-up nozzles may need cleaning with IPA alchohol)
Backheat (working and effective - quartz heater panels should glow slightly at full power)
Topheat (working and effective - measure IR lamp voltage at full power)
There is a measuring point inside the top of the lens unit. Undo 3 screws to open the top panel to
reveal a ceramic connector block. With a true RMS voltage meter such as a Fluke 87, measure the
lamp voltage at full power. It should measure between 14-15 volts d.c for the T5 (XT5P) controller.

TRIAC operation - check you have variable control over Topheat and Backheat. Set both to 50% and
observe a reduction in output from full power.
Thermocouple inputs - use a thermocouple simulator to input known temperatures (100C and 200C) and
check readings are within +/- 2C. The XT5P uses software - calibration adjustments can be made there see settings screen, thermocouples.
IR Sensor - we heat a metal plate, coated with a high-temp matt black paint (such as barbeque paint), to a
known temperature (100C) and aim the sensor at the black surface. The sensor should not go out of setting
and should be within +/- 2C.

Mechanical Assemblies
Check all assemblies and bearings are tightened, free moving and clean.
We are assuming here that the system has not been dismantled or tampered with since installation. If it has email
support for help. The systems are manufactured originally to very good standards and actually are very strong so we
should be able to help you.

Bearings - PDR use mostly THK linear bearings of the highest quality and our experience shows bearings
will last the life of the system. We have 15 year old systems coming back to PDR for servicing with bearings
responding well to light cleaning (with dry cloth) to remove any flux residues or dirt.
Rust - We have always used aluminium plate, stainless steel bearings, screws and shafts so there should
not ever be any rust problems.
Squareness - we set the pick-up, in its locked position, to be over the centre of the backheater. With a flat
plate, or pcb in the jaws, we then check the pick-up nozzle makes square contact with the surface. Pick up
a flat set piece and lower to the surface to check it touches down evenly - north, south, east, west.
With the pick-up now set and touching the surface, we now adjust the IR lens assembly to aim an IR spot at
the same target. This ensures the IR will aim at the same place as you place a component.

IR Lens/IR Lamp Assembly

Every month do the following,

Check the Lens assembly is not damaged and the IRIS is working properly. Turning the adjuster ring should
adjust the size of the IR spot and the IR spot should be a comfortable red colour.
Change the IR lamp Socket - every 2 months in normal use. The connections become corroded and will
affect the IR output.
Check the IR lamp pins for corrosion - they can be cleaned, or the lamp changed
Clean the IR Filter - with IPA alchohol to remove flux residue

CCTV/Prism based BGA Alignment Assembly

Every month do the following,

Check the assembly is clean and undamaged. If necessary, clean the prism surfaces with a dry lens
cleaning cloth to remove dust. There should be no flux residue on this assembly but if there is, moisten the
cloth with IPA alchohol to carefully remove any residue.
Calibrate as follows,
1. Place Prism alignment plate in pcb jaws

2. with pick-up and vision arms locked, pick up top alignment plate

3. Lift plate to top of pick-up z-axis travel

3. Move prism in from left. Focus lens on bottom plate and lower top plate into focus.

4. Look at the CCTV monitor. X-axis is out (below left) and Y-axis is out

5. Physically adjust the prism assembly to correct the errors.

Unlock and adjust (A) to correct X-axis error and unlock (B) and rotate prism body to correct Y-axis error

6. Lock up adjustment points. Prism assembly is now adjusted and calibrated correctly

If the whole prism assembly is well tightened and is not badly knocked, it should actually go out of calibration. So
every month a quick check will ensure it is calibrated. If in use components are being placed off centre the prism
assembly may need calibration. Remember always lock pick-up and vision arms (using the black locking levers at
the rear of the arms) before calibration is carried out and lock arms during alignment and placement.

General Troubleshooting
If in doubt, or further assistance is required, please do not hesitate to contact PDR Technical Support (Europe/Asia
email: support@pdr.co.uk or throughout the Americas email: support@pdr-america.com ).
Full support is offered through PDR's world-wide network of sales outlets. Please contact your local agent or the
agent the machine was purchased from.
Contacting Technical Support
When contacting Eurotec Technical Support, remember to provide the following information available:

Machine Model
Serial Numbers
Details of the fault

Mains Fuse
This should be checked first when any malfunction arises. The fuse (20mm, T/Anti-surge, 6.3A for 220V, 15A for
110V operation) is located at the back of the controller between the mains input and the On/Off switch. The
following table indicates the correct fuse for the appropriate system:
All internal fuses are Anti-surge (T), 30mm type, 15A/250V.
Bulb no longer works
This may be caused by either a blown fuse, the lamp's age, corroded lamp pins or a defective lamp socket.
Lamp Age/Life
A lamp has a life expectancy of 30,000 cycles or 50 hours at full power. If burnt in appearance, replace with a new
Corroded Lamp Pins
White residue on the pins of the lamp may prevent proper contact between the lamp's pins and the lamp socket.
Therefore remove the lamp and clean pins with abrasive paper.
Backheater Malfunctions
Check T/C#2 is plugged in (XT5P). Or, this may be caused by either blown mains or a backheater fuse.
Backheater Fuse
If any malfunction occurs with the backheater you should check this fuse. It is located inside the controller, on the
circuit board attached to the transformer between the connector block and the mains voltage selector switches. The
backheater fuse is the smaller one on the circuit board.

Terms of Warranty
PDR (A Division of Eurotec Industries Limited, UK), warrants this product to be in good working order during the
Warranty Period, from the date of delivery from PDR or a PDR authorised distributor until one year hence. Should
this product not be in good working order PDR will, as its option, repair or replace the product at no additional
charge except as set forth below:
This warranty covers failure due to faulty materials or workmanship.
This warranty does not cover the repair of damage to the product resulting from accident, disaster, misuse, abuse,
unauthorised repairs, the attachment of non PDR accessories or non PDR modifications.
Service under the conditions of this warranty may be obtained by delivering the product during the warranty period to
PDR, or an authorised distributor.
Except as expressly stated herein, all conditions, warranties, representation and undertakings, express or
implied, are excluded.