What is an FPC Connector and How to Use it

February 27, 2022 2 min read

WHAT IS A FPC CONNECTOR?

FPC connectors are elements that are usually mounted on PCB boards and monitors, allowing you to connect FPC elastic bands. Due to the parameters of the bands, connections are used for thetransmission of signals with low voltage and current values. It is a relatively economical solution that saves space on the panel and in the application box. In most cases the FPC connector has a maximum current of less than 0.5 A. The maximum voltage in most cases does not exceed 50 V, however, FFC connectors are manufactured with higher values.

FPC connectors are the connectors that help in establishing miniature circuiting and connections within the gadgets. If you are into such hobbies, then going for such connectors will bring in multiple benefits for you.

You can expect your FPC connector to help you with smaller centerline or pitch spacing, lower profile heights, and lighter interconnect solutions.

WHERE CAN THE FPC BE USED?

FPC connectors, such as wearable electronics and medical equipment, are widely used in many significant, convenient applications. In the automotive sector, increasedFFC/FPC connectors support innovative capabilities like in-vehicle infotainment, bright lighting, driving autopilot modes such as ADAS, and support for navigation and safety settings.

With Smart manufacturing and 5G technology deployment, FFC/FPC connectors explore options in many next-generation applications. Amphenol provides high-performance, flexible, reliable FPC solutions to fulfil the requirements of all new devices.

The micro flex connectors provided in 1.00mm torque and 0.50mm torque are preferably used for a wide variety of automotive, medical, connectivity, data and commercial devices. ClincherTM and DuflexTM are ideal for industrial and modulation applications; in particular, shock or vibration is a problem, such as industrial control systems, non-automotive transport, and retail materials.

TYPES OF FPC

Below you can see the method to use FPC Connector:

CONNECTING THE FPC CONNECTORS:

One of the challenges users face when dealing with the FPC connectors is that their connector bends after soldering. Obviously, making it of no use in the circuitry. So, the key here is the equal distribution of heat when soldering. It is because of the different materials used on the same connector, i.e., plastic and metal.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Apply the flux on theconnector.
  2. Now solder it using the soldering gun. You have to take your time and do it precisely as any damage to this part can ruin your entire connector and the consequent connection.
  3. You’ll start observing the shiny surface, and this is the point when you must stop.
  4. Grab the connector with tongs in the above direction.

Now, if you want to connect it back to its position, then here is the process:

  1. You have to align the connector with its place in the gadget. Apply the flux, so the soldering temperature is reached before it affects the side material.
  2. Use the soldering gun, and you’ll see the flux thinning. Within a few seconds of heat provision, your FPC Connector will be done.

SUMMING UP:

Setting up the FPC connector is a bit technical, but with experience, you can get the connection straight even in the first attempt. So, keep trying till you make it.

rying till you make it.