New SMD fasteners from MTC: Universal spacing and fastening solutions for fully automatic assembly

MTC Micro Tech Components GmbH offers with the new fastener series SMF-A, SMF-B and SMF-C electromechanical spacer and fastening solutions for the production of fully automated assembled printed circuit boards. The fasteners are delivered in a blister tape on a roll and are equipped with a KaptonĀ® assembly aid. Thus, the components can be placed on the printed circuit board quickly and precisely using the pick & place method. The KaptonĀ® foil serves as a suction surface for the suction pipette of the placement machine and can be easily removed after assembly. 

In contrast to manual assembly with conventional spacer and fastening bolts, MTC's fasteners save valuable time in production and enable a particularly reliable and safe assembly workflow. In addition, the tin coating guarantees in the subsequent standard reflow soldering process excellent soldering properties for electrically conductive and mechanically resilient connections with high holding force and torque. The new fasteners are available in a wide range of variants and are ideal for cost-effective mounting of boards and components or as simple spacers for distances between 0.9 and 12 mm. Depending on the design and application, electrical signals can be forwarded, ground connections can be ensured and the thermal connection for thermal management can be realized.

Various base materials are available for the fasteners from MTC. A brass alloy or copper offer improved electrical conductivity, whereas cheaper free-cutting steel is used for purely mechanical applications. As an alternative to the standard tin coating, which ensures optimal solderability and adhesion, a gold coating can be selected for increased corrosion protection. MTC offers numerous product variants, which are divided into three basic types and are available in various lengths and diameters:

  • fastener type A: With positioning aid, with thread (SMF-A series)
  • fastener type B: Without positioning aid, with thread (SMF-B series)
  • fastener type C: With positioning aid, without thread (SMF-C series)

The threads and drillings are used for the attachment of complete (sandwich) boards as well as for the permanently secure mounting of individual components on the board. The positioning aid in shoulder form facilitates centering and the secure insertion into the board bore hole. In the version with through-hole without thread, the fastener serves, among other things, as guide and stop for the screw connections and for the contact.

For maximum flexibility in PCB and housing design, MTC offers its customers, in addition to the extensive standard range of -fasteners, the possibility to have customized versions manufactured without additional tooling costs. MTC convinces its customers with competence and quality in technical consulting and development on the basis of the latest 3D technology for precisely fitting component quality in series production.

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