SELF ADJUSTING REFLOW ALIGNMENT AND RETENTION CLIP
Original Publication Date: 1997-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-09
Proper alignment and retention of hand placed reflowable components or structures can be difficult if precise placement is needed but built in retention features are not practical. The concept of this device type is a pallet mounted retention clip or feature that aligns and holds items secure in solder paste with moderate accuracy before reflow processing and that release retention pressure to allow for more precise alignment due to component self centering on the solder pads during heating. These self adjust- ing reflow alignment and retention clips are made of bi-metal materials that "actuate" with gross phys- ical motion during heating due to the difference in the thermal coefficients of expansion of the two laminated metals.