Introduction to the manufacturing process of Anti Static IC Tubes

With the rapid development of the electronics industry, more and more components such as integrated circuits and connectors, relays, power modules, etc. need to be packaged with IC tubes. The antistatic IC tube is a kind of PVC plastic profile, the size varies with the shape of the installed product, the precision requirement is high, the wall thickness should be controlled within ±0.1mm, and the surface is required to have no impurity spots, smooth and transparent. The Clear plastic tubes produced by  Senate Technology Co., Ltd. are extruded. The typical process flow is extrusion, vacuum adsorption setting, traction, fixed-length cutting, directional discharge, deburring, immersion antistatic liquid, drying, testing, packaging, and storage.

For materials, please refer to What are the materials for IC Shipping tubes.

First step extrusion

Plastic extrusion molding is an electric heating method. The rotating movement of the screw will be molten plastic under a certain pressure through the head of the mouth die to obtain a continuous profile. Heating is divided into six stages, and the heating temperature is 150 ~ 165℃.

The critical part of extrusion molding is the extrusion die, which generally consists of an expansion zone, a compression zone, and a die. When the molten plastic is extruded from the die, the extrusion speed of each side should be the same. Otherwise, check that the die size is consistent. If the die size is no problem, it can be solved by correcting the diversion angle of the splitter cone.

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The second step is vacuum shaping

After the molten plastic is extruded from the die, it should immediately enter the vacuum setting die. The outer wall of the pipe is attached to the inner wall of the sizing die by vacuum suction. At the same time, the cooling water is introduced into the shaping mold. The tube is cooled and hardened by vacuum adsorption to obtain a tube that conforms to the shape and size of the cavity of the shaped mold.

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The third step Tracting

In order to extract the cooled and shaped packaging tube from the mold and feed it into the cutting machine, it is necessary to configure a tractor with stepless speed regulation.

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The fourth step is to cut off the length and automatically discharge
Since the number of components installed in the same packaging tube is constant, the length should also be the same, so a fixed-length cutting method must be adopted. We have adopted two methods, one is mechanically fixed length, and the other is by the rotating encoder and high-speed counter.
When the tube reaches the specified length, the cutting die frame moves with the tube (in this case, there is no relative movement between the tube and the cutting machine), and the tube is cut during the movement. To achieve the purpose of no need to deburr after the IC tube is cut, we designed a compact precision cutting die. The IC shipping tube can be cut off using a general art blade. The life is up to one time, and the knife can be cut continuously for 20,000 tubes, and the incision is smooth and does not deform. After the plastic IC tube is cut, slide down the simple chute to achieve the purpose of directional discharge. The entire process is automated.

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Step 5: Dip antistatic liquid

Use JW-916 antistatic stock solution to release it in distilled water at a ratio of 1:100 and mix well. Then, the plastic tube is immersed, fully impregnated, and then taken out to dry to achieve the purpose of antistatic coating.

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Step 6 Detection

The appearance, dimensions and electrical performance of the power module packaging tube are tested according to the drawings. After testing, its indicators also meet the requirements of anti-static packaging tube standards

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Extended reading, reference to : How to identify quality IC Shipping Tube guide

Final packaging

Put the dried packaging tube into a clean plastic bag and put it into a cardboard box, and put it into the warehouse after inspection. The name, batch number, date of manufacture, quantity, etc. are indicated on the cartons.

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Extended reading “Anti Static IC Shipping Tube Customization Guidelines”

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