How to Paste Coverlay on FPC?

If you have ever learned something about flex circuits, you would know there is a layer of coverlay on it. Pasting coverlay on flexible circuit is to prevent it from the damages of dust, moisture and so on. Meanwhile, it also plays an role in insulation. We have learned something about the benefits of pasting coverlay on flex circuits, but how to paste the coverlay? Let’s take a look.
To begin with, we need to prepare the coverlay material, checking whether the soldering iron has power, cleaning the residue of soldering iron and the dust-free paper.

The procedures of pasting the coverlay on FPC:

  1. Checking whether the coverlay and film have problems, including missing punching, missing drilling, too large burr on the coverlay etc.. After that, clean the dust on the surface of coverlay with packaging cleaner.
  2. Cleaning the worktable and putting the coverlay, soldering iron and other tools in the right place.
  3. Checking whether there are oxidization, litter, dust etc. on the flex circuits to be pasted.
  4. Pasting the coverlay should follow the requirements of process and the MI data. It should be strictly follow the “C”marking line, pad or counterpoint hole when align.
  5. How to peel the coverlay off: putting the covelay on the optical desk, but please remember that the release film is facing up and the coverlay is facing down. After that, holding the coverlay then peeling off the release film slowly.
peeling the coverlay off

peeling the coverlay off

  1. Fixing the coverlay on FPCwith soldering iron after the coverlay is aligned with the “C” marking line of the flex circuit board and ensure it is correct, so that the coverlay can not deviate or peel off. However, please remember the soldering iron can not burn the products.
pasting coverlay on FPC

pasting coverlay on FPC

  1. Single-side lamination: after pasted the coverlay on FPC, it should be gone through the machine with temperature between 160°C-165°C. Next, until the board got cold, the release film should be peel off and carry out the single-side lamination and self-checking.

Notices:
1. It is necessary to wear rubber gloves to prevent the flexible printed circuit board from oxidization or dirty.

  1. It must be kept clean during pasting coverlay on FPCto prevent there are dirty residues on flex circuits.
  2. It is required to check whether the coverlay is broken, wrinkled, scratched, etc..
  3. Do not wear accessories to avoid scratching the board.
  4. It is necessary to confirm that the coverlay leave a little bit space for plating if the flex circuitsare tin or gold plating.
  5. The hand could not beyond the handle to avoid burning when holding the soldering iron.

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The Keys in the Mobile Phone

With the development of smart phone, the mechanical key has been already eliminated from the stage. There is only the HOME key left on the front side of the phone. Even sometimes the HOME key is also out and there are only two keys left–volume key and power key. These two are usually used a FPC to save cost as well as space. The structure showing as below:

volume key & FPC

volume key & FPC

power key & FPC

power key & FPC

For the design of volume key and power key, there are two things required to considerate. On one hand, the position of the flex circuit. Since the flexible circuit is glued on the supported wall, three directions need to be limited if you would like to fix the FPC. As well, the designers still need to consider the installation position of the keys itself, which determines the basic structure of the keys.

On the other hand, the volume key and power key are moving parts. Therefore, taking the stroke of metal domes into account is necessary and as general rule the stroke is 0.3. In addition to hard contact mode, there is also a soft contact mode (P+R), which is to use rubber or TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethanes) for the part where the key is contact with the dome, so that the sound is softer.

key structure

key structure

Best Technology is the premier expert in the manufacture of electronic components, brings a unique combination of technology and quality that offers a competitive supply of flex circuits and rigid-flex circuits and other flexible circuit products. To find out more, contact Best Technology at 0755-29091601 or check the website: https://www.bestfpc.com/