Tape & Reel
Coining's tape & reel packaging service is a value-added process of placing preforms and other microstampings onto carrier tape before shipping to customers. Our products are used in this manner to feed automated assembly operations. The parts must be presented in a consistent position and orientation in order for the automation processes to perform correctly.
We use two different types of carrier tape to best support our customers' needs.
Pocket tape is a plastic tape embossed with pockets. During the taping process, the parts are placed in the pocket and secured in position with a separate cover tape. Pocket tape is available in both standard and custom sizes. It is broadly used for many customer applications.
Surf tape is tape with an adhesive back layer. This back layer holds the part in place without the use of a cover tape. Surf tape works well with small parts where exact orientation is important. By holding the parts with an adhesive, surf tape prevents movement and alignment problems. Surf tape is available in conductive form.
We work closely with our customers to develop optimal tape & reel packaging solutions. We offer many different reel sizes and tape choices.
Coining is unique in that we tape & reel package our own parts – few, if any, of our competitors do this. One-stop shopping means faster lead-times, fewer headaches, simplifier qualifications and less paperwork for our customers.
Coining also can package its parts in embossed or pocketed plastic trays called waffle packs. The waffle packs are loaded so that each pocket contains one part orientated properly. Once loaded, the parts are typically covered with anti-static paper and a foam-covered crown which holds the parts in place. Finally, a lid secures the waffle package together.
Waffle packaging is particularly advantageous when the parts are very small or unusual in shape. Waffle packaging permits the automated loading of parts as small as 0.0005 inch in the smallest dimension.
As with tape & reel packaging, Coining's ability to waffle pack its own parts reduces lead-times, offers convenience and streamlines supply chain management issues for our customers.