SMT Tooling

 

Dedicated tooling provides the optimum PCB support during the printing process. There is no other PCB support tooling that can provide the same level of performance as dedicated tooling. We can generate tooling designs directly from customer gerber data and apply directly to our CNC machining process. We utilize the latest automation design tools allowing us to achieve industry leading turnaround times.

Our designers and applications engineers are among the most experienced in the industry, each of Rapid Tooling’s Sr. Designers have over 15 years experience designing screen print tooling for both contract manufacturers and OEMs. We have streamlined the design process of vacuum fixture and H-Towers; enabling the industry’s fastest delivery. Rapid’s vacuum fixtures are designed to not allow vacuum where there are apertures, insuring no solder paste bleed to the backside of the PCB. Using our Vacuum Fixtures, the PCB is held flat through the printing process, improving pad coverage and uniform snap-off. Using dedicated fixture saves money and is more cost effective than universal tooling especially on dual pass PCBs. We partner closely with the major equipment manufacturers to insure machine compatibility and tolerances are met. We work proactively with our customers to optimize designs resulting in cost savings and end of line yield improvements.

  • Eliminates set up variation and operator error.
  • Reduces change over time to seconds resulting in minimum machine/line down time.
  • Improves first past yield.
  • Minimizes costly rework.
  • Reduces stencil and squeegee wear resulting in cost savings and improved process stability.

We have standard solutions for DEK, Speedline, Ekra, Panasonic, and Yamaha printers. We are capable of designing support plates to fit any screen print machine.

Standard towers are in stock and custom towers or adapters can be made to order quickly.

If your factory has multiple printer types, it is often possible to standardize support plate design across platforms so the set-up is identical regardless of printer. This has the advantage running any PCB on any printer while insuring maximum support.

If you have several similar PCBs, it is sometimes possible to design a shared support plate that will print multiple PCBs well. This can save change over time and save some tooling costs.

This tool incorporates a hard stop into the tool, supports the stencil and has X- snuggers. Extending stencil life and helping decrease cycle time.

This is a standard tower for an MPM AP series printer. Designed for PCB’s 5” or wider. It features steel thread inserts, vacuum capability and ships with all the hardware shown.

There may be reasons that a standard tooling solution does not work for your application or environment. If you need a custom solution, we can help. This customer requested several changes to the normal tooling setup on the machine. This is a custom tower.

This is a narrow tower for a DEK printer. Designed for PCB’s 2.5” or wider. Aligned to the table using dowels and held in place by magnets. It features vacuum capability and ships with rear tooling supports, screws and a wrench.

This is a standard tower for a DEK printer. Designed for PCB’s 4.5” or wider. Aligned to the table and using dowels and held in place by magnets. It features vacuum capability and ships with rear tooling supports, screws and a wrench. Always in stock and available for immediate shipping.

This is a standard tower for an MPM AP series printer. Designed for PCB’s 3” or wider. It features steel thread inserts, vacuum capability and ships with all the hardware shown.