Title: Flexible Printed Circuit (FPC) Antenna Assembly
Summary: Manual and automated assembly of a Flexible Printed Circuit (FPC) Antenna onto a moulded plastic carrier.
Headline: Assembly Process of a Flexible Printed Circuit Antenna onto a Carrier
Subhead: TE is proud to illustrate both the manual and the automated assembly process of a flexible printed circuit antenna onto a carrier.
View the manual assembly process
- The manual assembly starts with the FPC bending process, which is divided into two stages. Shown here is Stage 1 where a specific bend is performed…
- …after which the part is handed off to Stage 2, where the bending process of the assembly is complete.
- Next, we see the attachment of the FPC to the carrier. First, the adhesive backing is removed, and then the carrier is attached to the FPC.
- At this final stage, the carrier and FPC assembly are placed in the press, where they are held under pressure to assure that a proper FPC to carrier adhesion is achieved.
View the automated assembly process
- Here we see the first stage of the automation process. The FPCs are hand-placed onto the jigs. The jigs move the FPCs into position to be picked and placed onto the automation table.
- Next up are the two, FPC bending stages. Each stage performs a specific bend to the FPC.
- At this stage, the FPC adhesive backing is removed, in preparation for attaching the carrier onto the FPC.
- All carriers are placed into a barrel, which automatically feeds the line with carriers. A feeding line moves the carriers into position, to be placed onto the FPCs.
- Once in place, the carrier is attached onto the FPC.
- We then see the carrier and FPC assembly being moved to the hold under pressure portion of the automation process. Each part is held under pressure for a determined amount of time to assure proper adhesion between the FPC and the carrier is achieved.
- At final stage of the automated process, the parts are picked from the press and hold jig to the storage trays.