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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013744D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

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Scott Graves


This invention relates to the field of printed circuit board manufacture and more specifically the placement of Kapton* tape to the backside of the boards to prevent solder from coming onto contact with specific areas. This invention is simply a hand tool to aid in the proper placement of Kapton tape onto printed circuit boards. As an operator is about to place a piece of tape, he/she places the piece of tape on the tip of the tool to provide a "handle" to aid in proper placement (see the figure). The invention also tends to reduce the chance of damage to the printed circuit board by keeping the operator's fingers from coming into contact with the board. By allowing the operator's finger to come into contact with the board, two types of damage could occur. 1. A surface mount component could be knocked off the surface of the board.