Flex Circuit Termination Methods
There are a variety of terminations for flex circuits and we can provide all of these as standard manufacturing process. Adding connectors and other minor component assembly is a common practice when producing a flex circuit. List below are some of the common termination methods used in flex circuit technologies.
A ZIF (zero insertion force) is a type of connector that requires very little force for insertion. They allow for top and bottom contact options, vertical and right angle orientations, surface mount and through hole terminations.
Contact spacing options are allowed down to 0.2mm pitch. Using a ZIF connector eliminates the need for a mating connector. The flex circuit end “mates” into the connector usually located on the rigid board. The ZIF contacts also allow for repeated cycling with minimal wear.
Thru-Hole Connectors or Surface Mount Connectors
Thru-hole or surface mount are the traditionally technology that are used in today's printed circuit boards. Right angle, Co-Planar, Parallel, and many others options are available.
Crimped Contacts & Displacement Connectors
- Contacts are crimped through the dielectric material into the copper conductor.
- Contacts are available for .100" (2.54mm) or .050" (1.27mm).
- Centerline housings can also be added to encapsulate the contact.