The Assembly Line: First Pics

We're busy qualifying our pick and place, trying PCB suppliers, testing solder paste, profiling our oven - and that means some cool pictures of the first stuff off the line. Do keep in mind that these are not indicative of final quality; the dog is singing, but he has a bit of work before the concert.

It's common to spray mount for setting up a pick and place - which is what the residue on the board is. Our machine is getting all of the 0402s on the board, all 374, perfectly.

Meanwhile, reflow testing is proceeding afoot. Initial testing is promising.

Not perfect, but very nice for not even trying, especially for lead-free. We'll be doing a matrix test of five different solder paste candidates in the next few days, and we expect to have it all sorted and ready for our first jobs for early August.