A Solution for Broken Pin Repair
While working with an extremely expensive pin grid array
style component, a customer reported that they broke off a pin at the
base near the component body. The shoulder of the pin was approximately
twice the diameter of the main pin body and approximately .50" (12.7 mm)
in length. Is it possible to repair damage to a component like this?
|Broken pin on a pin grid array.|
Any repair would
have to endure the mechanical stress of insertion, plus the thermal
stress of soldering temperatures when the component was soldered back
into the circuit board.
Here's the solution. A
commercially available pin with the same diameter and gold plating as
the original pin, but with a larger base was ordered. The key feature
was the wide base because the repair required the hollowing out the
base to fit over the stub of the broken pin remaining on the component
The center of the pin base was machined to a depth of .050" (1.27 mm) leaving a thin wall around the circumference of the pin base.
This machined opening was tinned with high temperature solder. The stub
remaining on the component was also tinned with high temperature
|Broken pin repaired by soldering on a specially modified new pin.|
A support fixture was fabricated by drilling clearance
holes in a piece of laminate following the pin pattern. The fixture precisely positined the replacement pin while it was soldered onto the
component using a hot plate, flux, high temperature solder and a hot air
The final step was to add a small bead of high strength epoxy around the rework area.
Several members of the Circuit Technology Center team contributed to this feature story.