Circuit Pin Carrier
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Pins can be supported in circuit panels without stressing the panel holes by decreasing the pin diameters and supporting the pins instead in a pin carrier. Referring to Figs. 1a-1c, pins 1 are removably inserted in a pin carrier 2 with sufficient friction that the pins are retained therein during processing. The pins extend below the carrier the necessary distance to accommodate the circuit panel 3 and required projection on the side opposite the panel. Thereafter, the panel, carrier and pins are passed through a solder machine and cleaned, and the carrier removed. An alternative is to mold pins 1 in a thin, insulative, continuous carrier strip 4, as shown in Fig. 2. The carrier strip can be cut at the required length and left in place, if desired, after the cleaning and soldering operations.