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Method for a thermoform media-handling tray

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007148D
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 158K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for a thermoform media-handling tray. Benefits include improved functionality, improved throughput, improved environmental friendliness, and improved cost.

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Method for a thermoform media-handling tray

Disclosed is a method for a thermoform media-handling tray. Benefits include improved functionality, improved throughput, improved environmental friendliness, and improved cost.

Background

      Substrates are transferred repeatedly during processing. They are moved to ship-in trays, initial-process trays, injection-molding trays, and ship-out trays. This handling requires time and provides the opportunity for damage.

      The conventional solution is to purchase two sets of trays, one thermoform and one injection molded to the JEDEC standards.

Description

      The disclosed method is a flippable, 2-sided thermoform tray that simulates JEDEC standards (see Figures 1 through 3). The tray can be utilized with bare substrates and completely assembled parts.

      The key elements of the method include:

•             Thermoform material

•             2-sided functionality because the tray is flippable

•             Enhanced side-slot stiffeners that can function with material handlers in front-of-line and end-of-line production

Advantages

      The disclosed method provides advantages over the conventional solution, including:

•             Improved handling and reduced freight/logistics costs with the lighter-weight material

•             Improved environmental friendliness

•             50% to 75% cost savings

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