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Publication Date: 03/1/2012
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FKN Singulator Cuts Circular Tabs
Router singulates circular tabs.
Millis, MA — The FKN Systek N200 punch depanelizes odd-shaped boards. The machine is a top-down air operated punch for separating tab routed panels one tab at a time. An upper and lower matching knife blade is used to pinch the tabs apart. This method produces less stress on the PCB than a punch and die, since the cutting action takes place from both sides.

The standard die set consists of an upper and lower knife for cutting a single tab at a time. The tab is positioned on the lower knife by placing the routed section of the panel on a set of locating pins and holding the PCB or letting it rest on the support table. The exact cutting location can be adjusted by turning an adjustment screw which brings the locating pins to the desired place for cutting a tab at the board end of the material. Pins can be adjusted in the x and y direction to bring them close to the sides of the cutting blade and to set up for a variety of different diameter panels.

Locating pins are mounted on quick-change blocks which can be replaced easily for different board configurations. The N200 is a suitable low-cost tool for backing up capital equipment punch systems which are used for high volume production. This machine makes it possible to singulate low-volume prototype boards or a set of replacement panels from an old order, without having to spend a fortune on tooling which may not be not justified for running only 10 panels at a time.

Contact: FKN Systek, 115 Pleasant Street, Millis, MA 02054 508-376-2500 fax: 508-376-2505 E-mail: Web:

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