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Publication Date: 10/1/2012
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Fancort Depaneler Separates Metalized Boards
Depanelizer for metalized boards.
Caldwell, NJ — Fancort is introducing a new depaneling machine, the VPD5, that is designed to separate metalized circuit boards of any length from pre-scored panels without stress. The new machine is very heavy duty and pneumatically operated with two wedge shaped linear knives made from hardened tool steel that separate panels with a gentle rocking motion as the knives penetrate the score line. This is in sharp contrast to conventional punch and die systems which use a guillotine motion, or machines that use round knives which can produce stress from the rolling motion of the board edges during separation. The VPD5 has been tested by an independent lab for stress during separation and produces on average less than 100 microstrains, an extremely low level.

The need for this type of machine arises because LEDs are being used in greater frequency on circuit boards today. As boards become more populated with LEDs, considerable heat is generated which means board manufacturers are using metal inner layers to help dissipate the heat. Conventional depaneling machines don't have the right knife design or enough power to do this without strain, or rapid wear on the knives.

The VPD5A-1200 measures 780 x 500 x 620mm and weighs almost 400 lbs. It can separate boards up to 2.5mm thick and because of the open end, can separate any length panel. The shear is 365mm in length and is safe when used on thin boards, such as 0.032-in. (0.8mm) thick. The design of the knives separates boards with tall components near the score line, up to 50mm tall from the top of the PCB. It is also operator goof-proof. The operator can only insert the panel into the machine along the score line, making it impossible to damage the boards.

The new machine is easy to use, requires almost no maintenance, and can be used immediately when taken out of the crate with the addition of an air line and electric power to operate the foot switch.

Contact: Fancort Industries, Inc., 31 Fairfield Place, West Caldwell, NJ 07006 888-326-2678 or 973-575-0610 fax: 973-575-9234 Web:

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