Method of Supporting Flexible Substrates in Panel Form
Original Publication Date: 1988-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
This article describes a method and apparatus for supporting a flexible substrate, in panel form, to accommodate handling and fixturing through processing of the substrate. The described apparatus (carrier) comprises reinforcing strips 1 on opposite ends of the flexible panel 2, as shown in the drawing. These reinforcing strips remain part of the panel throughout the processing steps, and can be removed after the processing of the panel is complete. The carrier consists of the reinforcing strips 1 attached to panel 2 and expandable support brackets 3. The expandable brackets 3 are attached to cross members 4 which have fixturing pins 5 which are used to locate and secure the panel 2 on the carrier. The panel 2 is placed over the carrier such that pins 5 enter clearance holes 6 of panel 2.