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Publication Date: 03/1/2012
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Stress-Free Depanelizing from Fancort
Precision PCB singulator.
West Caldwell, NJ — Fancort is introducing a new depaneling machine designed to separate metalized circuit boards from pre-scored panels without stress and excessive wear to the knives. The new machine is a pneumatically operated shear with two wedge shaped knives that shear 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 design of the new depaneler allows for stress-free board separation with components as close as 0.5mm from the score line, including delicate ceramic capacitors. It can separate boards up to 3.5mm in thickness and 300mm in length and is safe when used on thin boards, such as 0.032-in. (0.8mm) thick. A longer model is also available for panels up to 400mm in length.

The design of the machine's knives separates boards with tall components near the score line, up to 1.00-in. 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 VPD-5A 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 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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