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Antex - A Glossary of Soldering Terms
Category: Electronics and Engineering > Soldering
Date & country: 13/10/2007, UK
Words: 13


Bit
An electroplated copper tip which melts the solder and forms the joint.

De-soldering
Removal of solder from the joint, to break the electrical connection, or to replace a faulty component. Also known as rework.

Flux
An aggressive chemical, usually contained in the solder wire, which will clean the areas about to be jointed.

Pad
A conductive area on a PCB onto which a component leg is soldered.

PCB
Printed Circuit Board. A fibre glass board coated with copper onto which an electronic circuit is chemically etched.

Solder
An alloy of tin which is used as a filler metal in soldering. Other components include, lead, copper and silver

Soldering
The jointing of two metal surfaces below their melting point, using a filler metal. Used extensively for making electrical connections.

Static Safe
Manufactured from materials which will not create or hold a charge of static electricity. Vital when dealing with electronic components which can be damaged by such a charge.

Surface Mount
A connection method where the component legs lay flat onto a PCB pad for soldering.

Through Hole
A connection method where the component leg is placed into a hole in the PCB for soldering.

Tinning
To cover the surfaces to be jointed with solder before jointing, to maximise the strength of the completed joint

Wattage
The amount of heat energy provided by the soldering iron. Physically larger components need higher wattages.

Wet
The uniform flow of solder across a surface.