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4.4.2 Lifted Land Repair, Film Adhesive Method

This method is used to repair damaged and lifted lands. The lifted lands are repaired with dry film epoxy. They are re-bonded to the circuit board surface using a bonding press or bonding iron.

It is essential that the board surface be extremely smooth and flat. If the base board is damaged see appropriate procedure.

Minimum Skill Level - Advanced
Recommended for technicians with soldering and component rework skills and exposure to most repair/rework procedures, but lacking extensive experience.

Conformance Level - Medium
This procedure may have some variance with the physical character of the original and most likely varies with some of the functional, environmental and serviceability factors.

Acceptability References
IPC-A-600 2.10 Dimensional Characteristics
Procedure References
1.0 Foreword
2.1 Handling Electronic Assemblies
2.2 Cleaning
IPC7721 4.4.2 Lifted Land Repair, Film Adhesive Method
Tools and Materials
Bonding Film
Dry film adhesive used to bond lifted lands, pads and conductors.
General purpose cleaner for removing contamination.
High Temp Tape Discs
High temperature polyimide tape discs, .50" diameter.
Knife with #16 Blades
A must-have tool for precise cutting, scraping and trimming.
Precision microscope with stand and lighting for work and inspection.
Hardened stainless steel tip for scraping solder mask and removing defects.
Tweezer, Point Tip
Fine point tweezers for precision work.
Nonabrasive, low-linting wipes for cleanup.
Images and Figures
4.4.2 Lifted Land Repair, Film Adhesive Method
Lifted Land
4.4.2 Lifted Land Repair, Film Adhesive Method
Figure 1: Cut out the appropriate shape of Bonding Film material to match the area of the lifted land.
4.4.2 Lifted Land Repair, Film Adhesive Method
Figure 2: Place Kapton tape over the lifted land.

4.4.2 Lifted Land Repair, Film Adhesive Method
Figure 3: Bond the land down using a Bonding System.
  1. Clean the area.
  2. Remove any obstructions that prevent the lifted land from making contact with the base board material.
  3. Use the Surgical Knife and scrape off any epoxy residue, contamination or burned material from the board surface.
  4. Clean the area.
  5. Cut out a piece of bonding film that matches the area of the lifted land. Be careful not to contaminate the dry film epoxy with materials that could reduce the bond strength. (See Figure 1)

    Dry film adhesive thickness should be selected to meet the requirements of the PC Board.
  6. Place the dry film under the lifted land. (See Figure 1)
  7. Place a piece of High Temperature Tape over the lifted land and press the land down into contact with the adhesive film. (See Figure 2)
  8. Select a bonding tip with a shape to match the shape of the lifted land.

    The bonding tip should be as small as possible but should completely cover the entire surface of the new land.
  9. Position the circuit board so that it is flat and stable. Gently place the hot bonding tip onto the tape covering the new land. Apply pressure as recommended in the manual of the repair system or repair kit for 5 seconds to tack the land in place. Carefully peel off the tape. (See Figure 3)
  10. Gently place the bonding tip directly onto the land. Apply pressure as recommended in the manual of the repair system or repair kit for an additional 30 seconds to fully bond the land. The bonding film is fully cured. After the bonding cycle remove the tape used for alignment. Carefully clean the area and inspect the land.

    Double sided and multilayer circuit Boards, may require an eyelet to restore the through connection. Refer to section 5.0 Plated Hole Procedures.
  11. Carefully remove any excess bonding film inside the plated hole using a ball mill or drill bit. Turn the ball mill or drill bit by hand to prevent damage to the wall of the plated through hole.
  12. Install the proper component and solder in place.

    This method is used to repair a lifted land, but the repaired land may not have an intermetallic connection to the remaining plated hole. The solder joint of the replaced component will restore the integrity of the electrical connection or an eyelet or buss wire may be used. See Plated Hole Repair Procedures.
  13. Replace surface coating to match prior coating as required.
  1. Visual examination and tape test per IPC-TM-650 test method 2.4.1. (ANCI/IPC-FC-250A)
  2. Electrical tests as applicable.
Procedure for reference only.