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Pinheck Pinball System REV5 Production Update!


These are the first 5 test boards to make sure the changes from the REV4 board we done correctly. Since I am pretty sure this is the final revision I ordered the boards on FR4 170TG and ENIG finish. 170TG is higher temperature rated substrate which allows for lead free reflow without scotching the board. ENIG finish is a higher quality finish for the pads over HASL as it tends to be flatter and more consistent which is nicer on the pick and place machines.


Pinheck board on the pick and place. Currently the machine is only setup to place the passive parts which are the resistors, capacitors, and LEDs. This consists almost 90% of the board parts.


After the pick and place I manually placed the IC chips and placed it on the intake side of our reflow oven.


This is what the board looks like after coming out of the reflow. There are a couple bridges on the ICs so I will need to tweak my automatic paste dispenser settings.


Finished soldering the through hole parts. Wishing I had a selective soldering machine about now!

TQ-100 test placement on a Madell DP2600-2 Pick and Place

The Pinheck Pinball System uses a PIC32MX795F512L-80I/PT mcu. It is a 32bit mcu running at 80MHz with 512KB of program space. Plenty fast enough for pinball. The only reasonable package it comes in however is TQ-100 package which has a pitch width of 0.5mm. This pushes the limit of the vision system of the DP2600-2 but I managed to get the system dialed in to make the placement.


The PIC32MX795F512L-80I/PT is a tray part so the machine does not pick the part up from a feeder. Instead you line up all the chips in a row and the machine knows where to look for it. Uses the vision system to find and locate the part.


After picking up the chip the machine takes it over to the “Uplook” camera. Here is can make sure the part is oriented correctly and lined up.


The machine then moves on over to the part location on the PCB and places the part. In the image you can see the dark areas between the shiny leads of the PIC32. The dark areas are the solder mask showing through which means the part was placed correctly and straight.