Inline Hole Piercing
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
An improvement in circuitized panel manufacturing is disclosed which eliminates a manual operation with its attendant cost. At present each circuitized panel goes through a manual piercing operation. The present improvement provides for automation of the hole piercing operation in line with a resist lamination step. When a panel exits the resist lamination station, it is conveyed to a set of rollers. After the rollers sense the presence of a panel, they are raised and driven to convey the panel into three-point location pins which are in an up position. When the correct position is sensed, a die, appropriately designed, comes down and pierces location holes in the panel. The three-point location pins are then dropped down so that panel exit is no longer restrained.