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METHOD OF JOINING TWO COMPONENT TAPE REELS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009773D
Original Publication Date: 2000-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Sep-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Chooi Kon Hing: AUTHOR

Abstract

Conventionally, electrical components are packaged into tape reels. These tape reels are then presented to pick-and-place machines to place the electrical components on printed circuit boards.

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MOTOROLA

Technical Developments

METHOD OF JOINING TWO COMPONENT TAPE REELS

by Chooi Kon Hing

INTRODUCTION

Conventionally, electrical components are packaged into tape reels. These tape reels are then presented to pick-and-place machines to place the electrical components on printed circuit boards.

A tape reel includes a tape carrier, a peel tape and a reel holder as illustrated in Figure I below.

Peel Tape

Tape O Carrier Reel Holder

Fig. 1 A Tape Reel

CURRENT METHOD OF JOINING TWO TAPE REELS

Currently, before an electrical component is depleted from a current tape reel used in an assembly line, a new tape reel is joined to the current tape reel. Both tape reels are joined together so that the supply of the electrical component is continuous. A metal insert is used to join adjacent ends of both tape reels as shown in Figure 2.

New Tape Reel

MetalInsert

Current Tape Reel

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Fig. 2 Conventional method of joining two tape reels

Motorola, Inc. 2000

PROPOSED NEW METHOD OF JOINING TWO TAPE REELS

What is proposed is a new method of joining two tape reels as shown in Figure 3 below.

New Tape Re&1

Current Tape Reel

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Fig. 3 New method of joining two tape reels

In this new method of joining two tape reels, a new tape reel is coupled to a current tape reel using component cavities from each of the two tape reels.

These component cavities are inserted either from the new tape reel into the current tape reel or vi...