What does carrier tape do?

Editor:Haining Hongkai Technology Co., Ltd. │ Release Time:2023-12-26 

Carrier tape is a very common packaging material for electronic components. It is made of polyester and is very suitable for the production of rigid packaging materials, such as electronic components, chocolate boxes, etc. Electronic components are the first popular packaging objects, such as chips, diodes, inductors, etc. It provides very good protection for these items. He plays a very large role in the protection of these items.

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What are the types of carrier tape?

Carrier tape mainly plays the role of anti-static, there are three grades of carrier tape on the market, there are conductive carrier tape, static dissipative carrier tape, and insulating carrier tape.

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The role of carrier tape

Carrier tape is also a product of the electronic packaging industry, he has a lot of use, the following are five important roles:

1. Protection of components: One of the main functions of carrier tape is to protect components from damage. By placing the component in the sealed cavity of the carrier tape, the carrier tape provides physical protection against extrusion, vibration, static electricity, and other factors during transportation and storage. This is especially important for fragile electronic components, which are highly sensitive to the external environment.


2. Convenient handling and storage: the design of the carrier tape makes the electronic components can be easily handled and stored. Carrier tapes are usually in the form of reels, allowing components to be easily loaded and removed. In addition, carrier tapes usually have standard sizes and shapes, making them easy to stack and store in warehouses or on production lines, saving space and improving work efficiency.


3. Automated placement: Carrier tapes play a vital role in electronics manufacturing, especially in the automated placement of components. Automated placement is a high-speed, high-precision production technology that uses placement robots to remove electronic components from the carrier tape and accurately mount them on a PCB (Printed Circuit Board). The components on the carrier tape are usually arranged in a predetermined spacing and layout so that they can be automatically recognized and grasped by the robot. This automated process greatly improves productivity and consistency and reduces human error.


4. Reuse: Carrier tapes are typically reusable. Once the electronic components have been removed from the carrier tape and mounted onto the PCB, the tape can be recycled and reused. This helps to reduce material waste and has a positive impact on the environment.


5. Marking and tracing: Carrier tapes are usually accompanied by marking and tracing information for identification and management during the production process. These markings can include information such as component model number, batch number, serial number, and so on. By tracking the information on the carrier tape, it is possible to ensure that the source and quality of the component can be traced to meet quality control and regulatory requirements.


It is important to note that the design and specifications of carrier tapes may vary for different types of components. Carrier tapes of different sizes, shapes, and materials are available for different sizes and types of electronic components. In addition, there are special types of carrier tapes, such as Bare Die Tape, Ring Tape, etc., for specific types of components or special placement needs.

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What sizes of tapes are available?

Carrier tapes are generally categorized by width, which can be classified according to the different items to be packaged, such as 4mm, 8mm, 12mm, 16mm24mm, 32mm, 56mm, and so on.



Carrier tape plays an important role in electronics manufacturing. It protects components, facilitates handling and storage, supports automated placement, is reusable, and provides identification and tracking capabilities. By using carrier tape, the electronics manufacturing process becomes more efficient, accurate, and reliable.