I work for a small company as an apprentice. We build mostly mass produce double sided PCBs. We are having trouble keeping the pin headers flat to the PCB through the reflow oven process.
- The first side is pasted through a printer and populated by two machines (smaller parts.)
- The board is reflowed and put ready for the second side.
- We then print the second side and populate it through one or two machines. (job dependant)
- The PCB is then taken and flipped upside down, before reflow, and the pin headers are placed through hole by hand (not soldered) into the first side so that the legs will solder from the second side paste.
As you could imagine, flipping the board back over to reflow would then would cause the pin headers to drop out. We have tried using a type of glue that dries fairly quickly and will hold the headers down while the PCB is in the oven but we haven't had much success and are still getting headers raising in the process causing us a lot of time and money on rework.
If anyone has a similar problem or has a solution I'd love to hear what you have to offer.
Update: we build these for a customer who will not change the pins or the board as they will not spend any money. we are happy to spend some money pur end though to improve our process.
I think we are now looking at some type of adhesive or something to support the pins through the oven.
These are the pins:
Here is an example of a board: