Left in the sheet
For parts that are intended to remain flat, or are to be formed by someone other than Fotofab, the most cost effective part packaging option is to receive etched parts tabbed into the metal sheet (panel). We pack your sheets of tabbed parts separated by corrosion inhibiting paper within foam and an ultra-sturdy and handsome chipboard box. Once received, the tabbed parts can easily be removed from the panel by hand. This method of part packaging minimizes handling damage and makes part inventorying a snap.
Fotofab understands that many OEM’s are not equipped or staffed to remove large quantities of parts from the metal sheets they are produced on. Therefore, we are happy to offer our customers a detaching or singulating service. This service is automatically provided for all parts that are to be formed by Fotofab. From there, we will package the individual pieces and prepare the order for shipment. The incremental charges for the detaching service and packaging type vary by project. If you would like to utilize this service please note it on your quote request form or call us to further discuss this option.
Bulk part packaging is appropriate for photo etched parts that do not tangle with one another easily. This option entails packing singulated pieces in a secure plastic bag, and in turn, packing into a sturdy box.
Tube packaging is typically appropriate for packing round singulated part pieces.
Boxed in foam layers
Boxed packaging is typically appropriate for part pieces that are formed into three dimensions.
Pick and place trays
Pick and place trays are appropriate for customers who are assembling parts with automated pick and place equipment. Pick and place trays are available.
Tape and reeled
Tape and reel packaging is typically the choice for high volume production. Similar to pick and place trays, tape and reel part packaging is available in standard and custom sizes, so please check with us before specifying this option. And similar to pick and place trays custom tape and reel packaging requires tooling, and has a longer delivery lead time for the first order. Depending on your company’s delivery requirement, tape and reel tooling can be made in as few as two days on an expedited premium basis.
If we have not listed your preferred form of packaging just let us know what you need here.