Flex Circuit Pallets

Flex Circuits Pallets are a specialty at DMI

The demand for DMI’s flex circuit pallets is growing as they solve many assembly challenges. Our solid design capabilities are proven to handle even thin PCBs as well as brands with unusual form factors. Some of DMI’s design features include:

  • Optical grade composites to make it much easier for the PCB present sensors to ‘see’ the fixtures within the flex circuit pallet.
  • DMI offers a unique design using a built-in spring-tension pin to hold the PCB in place for ultra-precise applications or interference fits. These sliding board tension locks secure PCB’s (ranging in thickness from 0.005” to 0.125”).
  • DMIs flex circuit pallets are designed to set .005” ‘proud’ above the fixture for optimal screen printing results.
Flex Circuit Pallets: Improve yields by ensuring crucial board planarity and solid alignment accuracy during the reflow process.

Flex circuit pallets keep the PCB flat providing solid stabilization for the stencil during the reflow process. DMI developed a special pin for the purpose of holding evenly-distributed tension on the PCB. This innovative technique allows the operator to maintain both the crucial planarity of the PCB and the critical alignment of the stencil during the process of printing solder paste, component pick-n-place, and the soldering of components.

DMI’s implementation of this innovative pin design has eliminated the need for Kapton tape, reducing materials waste and offering a cleaner securing and releasing of the PCB from the flex circuit pallet. This quick and easy method is far less labor intensive and more economical.

Because no tooling parts extend more than a few thousands of an inch above the surface of the PCB, DMI’s flex circuit pallets work exceptionally well for the stencil to print properly on even thin PCBs with thicknesses under 0.010”.

Flex Circuit Pallets: Fiducials for alignment of thin PCBs (less than 0.040”)

For PCBs that can offer challenges during reflow operations, we offer fiducials on flex circuit pallets to align the PCB to both the stencil printer and pick-n-place machine.

Because the flex circuit pallets hold the PCB flat, crucial planarity is constantly maintained. This helps ensure accuracy throughout the stencil paste application process and the component pick-n-place process, ultimately improving yields.

Tension pins for thin PCBs (less than 0.040”)

On flex PCBs, DMI offers tension fitting to provide secure and accurate seating of PCBs against flex circuit pallets.  By using custom pins mounted on spring leavers, PCB is stretched firmly into the recess of the pallet to maintain proper orientation during stencil screen printing and accurate pick-n-place. Fiducials are valuable on any Print Through & Reflow pallet.

Compression Fitting for alignment of thick PCBs (0.040” to .240”)

On thicker PCBs, DMI offers compression fitting to provide secure and accurate seating of PCBs against flex circuit pallets.  By using spring plungers, the PCB is held firmly into the recess of the flex circuit pallet to maintain proper orientation during stencil screen printing and accurate pick-n-place.