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Cool funky intro music deleted for YouTube copyright violations.... but this little gem of a 16mm reel shows how to replate contacts with gold using the PACE electroplating kit. Now you go and do it!
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14 thoughts on “Replating edge connectors 1982”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gordon Welcher says:

    Pulling off the cellophane tape will create static.
    Why even bother with the wrist strap, it will even better conduct the static to the board.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scumfuck McDoucheface says:

    Oh man, i could see using this little kit, with the addition of a battery, to make some seriously cool and unique art/graffiti on the go =) that would be sooooo super cool.

    Also, i just discovered your absolutely Fran-tastic (haaarrrrrr… I'll see myself out.) channel the other day, so far I effin' LOVE it, thanks so so much for your time and effort putting all of this content together =)

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dances with Aardvarks says:

    Thanks. That was timely. I'm currently trying to selectively electroplate something completely different. At least now I've got a few search terms that might work out.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MonadKing says:

    Great old video. I hope they don't come after you for reposting their video do to copy right infringement but what do I know I'm not a lawyer. I know people will probably say something about my comment. What ever, it was very interesting and great to view. Fran and keep them coming.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kristy Skirt says:

    Great training video, . PACE no longer offers this system, another company Midas has modern version of the three plating solution system. Other portable electro plating equipment is used by brass and woodwind repair technicians to do silver plating and copper brass rework. Thanks for posing Fran.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Handyman says:

    Remember we had some Tek mainframe T&M equipments with worn contacts. Probably This is how they refurbished. Thanks Fran

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vbe says:

    This is absolutely GOLD! (pun absolutely intended)

    These series of videos are quite interesting. Thank you for doing this.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mnoxman says:

    Pretty sure PACE has this one already on YT. Another influential film is the "Fairchild briefing on semiconductors".

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brad Palmer says:

    Or you could stop buying cheap and nasty Chinese PCB's and get some with decent plating on LOL
    Actually I never had much luck with re-plating contacts, I always end up with porous gold and tarnished nickel. Conductive glue for the win 🙂

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daveyk021 says:

    Wow, in my 40 and a half years in electronics service, I have never heard of this! It must have been a thing of the past by 1981? … or my company was not aware of it, or was too cheap. Of course, by then, the cost of entire replacement boards was to the point where it made sense just to replace a PCB with bad edge connectors. That entire process looks too laborious to be practical in the field (of course back then, it was nothing to spend four 12 hours days in the field on one instrument; that was the norm). It does look like it would take a lot of practice and using this technique a lot to become successful at it. Field techs probably would have a difficult time becoming proficient at it being all the other work they had and the customer's production wanting to get back on line faster. It's a cool idea for antique electronics restoration. Do such "kits" still exist today?

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars compu85 says:

    Fran, with all the content matches I've gotten on the industrial / training films on my page I've not had an channel strikes. I don't monetize those videos either, and knocks on wood have not had any issues with my adsense account.
    All the views the training films get actually lets me keep my adsense – the content I've uploaded doesn't get enough views to keep me above the threshold!
    I've had to do this on some vintage gear with battery damage. I'd just used copper tape, which didn't work very well.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars lordmuntague says:

    Blimey! Wish I'd had one of these kits in 1982, half my mates had home computers (mostly Speccy's) with edge connecters for peripherals. I could have made a fortune cleaning those up for them, they generally took a lot of wear and tear.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Darlington says:

    This was useful. I've considered getting setup for plating pads, be they for edge connectors or a bed of nails or similar.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BobC says:

    I was taught how to do this kind of repair/restoration in my Navy Class-A school, but by the time I reached the fleet the practice was no longer recommended, primarily because failures in the field weren't being properly reported up through the Navy supply system and back to the military contractors for remediation. It was still allowed when no replacement part was available (and only with lots of documentation), but the repaired part still had to be pulled when a replacement became available.

    When in the middle of the ocean and a critical system goes down without spare parts, sailors were expected to do "whatever was needed" to accomplish the mission. In one memorable case in the late 1970's, an essential system died just before the start of a very large multi-nation exercise for which our ship was the key participant, both coordinating the entire exercise as well as acting as a very nasty enemy. The failed board had no replacement onboard, and none were stocked anywhere within 1000 miles of us. The critical failure required messages be sent all the way up the chain of command to Washington. Fortunately, we were heading into Hong Kong when the failure happened, so we made a run to a Radio Shack to get the needed parts. Yeah, non-MILSPEC parts. In a critical system. Before a vital exercise.

    The exercise proceeded, and went off extremely well. Nobody ever asked how we did it with a critical system failure. Nope, the Navy seldom argues with that kind of success. When the replacement board finally arrived, we pulled those Radio Shack parts and reinstalled the original failed components before turning the broken board in for repair.

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