Tape and Reel Packaging
TAPE & REEL PACKAGING
Packaging solder preforms in tape and reel can ensure that the preforms arrive safely and can be efficiently introduced into the manufacturing process. Tape & reel facilitate high volume, automated processes, since a pick and place machine can access the preforms in the same manner as the components. Even for manual operations, the retrieval of a single preform from a protected pocket can improve efficiency of the process.
Tape & reel pockets are available in a wide range of sizes to accommodate almost any size preform. Specifying the correct pocket size is critical in maintaining the integrity of the preform during transportation and allowing for the efficient removal of the preform during the picking process. If the pocket is too big, the part will move around and get damaged. If the pocket is too small, the part could get stuck, interrupting the automated process.
Indium Corporation uses electrostatic discharge (ESD) materials when packaging preforms in tape & reel. This ensures that the materials dissipate static electricity that may be damaging to electronic assemblies. Conductive reels, which are designed for maximum ESD protection, are also available.
Peel force is the amount of force required to remove the top cover film from the bottom carrier tape. Indium Corporation’s standard peel force range is 25-50 grams. This allows the cover film to be secured to the carrier prior to use and protect the solder preform, while allowing the cover film to be pulled away from the carrier without dislodging the solder preform.
All preforms packaged in carrier tape have continuous edge seals that run along the edge of the pocket. Preforms that are packaged in carrier tape widths of 12mm or larger usually have additional seals on the bridges between the pockets. These are called bridge seals or quad seals, and are designed to stop the migration of the preforms out of the pockets during transportation.
Indium Corporation offers tape & reel packaging for both solder preforms and solder spheres.
For more information about Indium Corporation’s solder preforms or tape & reel packaging, please contact our technical support team at email@example.com.
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