FIXTURE FOR MANIPULATING A CIRCUIT CARRIER FOR DENSELY POPULATED DOUBLE SIDED FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT BOARDS
Publication Date: 2005-Jul-20
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This paper discusses a fixture which is adapted to manipulate several locks and the opening and closing of a circuit carrier. Further, the fixture provides a place to securely and safely hold a circuit carrier during manufacturing.
FIG. 1 is an approximation of the present subject matter not drawn to scale. The figure represents a fixture 128 that is adapted to manipulate several locks, 102, 104, 106, 108 and the opening and closing 132 of circuit carrier 130. Circuit carrier 130 is a special clamshell for carrying a densely populated double-sided flex circuit. The circuit carrier allows for inspection and assembly by providing openings, and by opening and closing 132 while holding the circuit carrier to an upper 134 or lower 136 portion of the circuit carrier 130. While the circuit carrier is an excellent tool for manipulation of the circuit board, it is difficult to operate by hand. Hence, a fixture 128 is provided to operate the circuit carrier.
The fixture has a first slide mechanism 110, which is able to open and close slide locks 102, 108. These slide locks 102, 108, when they’re open, allow the opening and closing 132 of the circuit carrier 130. When they’re closed, they do not allow opening and closing 132. They are independently movable, and as such, the fixture’s ability to move them simultaneously is beneficial. The fixture 128 moves the slide locks 102, 108 by manipulating them with slide lock actuators 114, 120.
When the slide locks 102, 108, are open, sliding second slide mechanism 112 opens and closes circuit carrier 130, while the circuit carrier is in the fixture 128. Such manipulation allows for inspection of a circuit assembly r...