VacuNest Shape Memory Tooling

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The mechanical pressure exerted on the product being assembled in many automated manufacturing processes is often unevenly distributed, especially during the solder paste printing and component placement processes used in the printed circuit assembly process. Tactile support can damage substrates and components. Defects caused can include deformed, broken, or bent leads as well as package damage. As substrates become thinner the risk increases.

VacuNest is a unique, patented system which uses shape memory tooling to conform to and provide support of almost any substrate on any machine. Setting up the system in a paste printer or pick & place system takes minutes, and it takes less than a minute to reconfigure the support for a new part number.

By using soft conformal surfaces, a pliable anti-static chamber, a foam former and polymer granules held in place by vacuum, The VacuNest provides maximum support with no hard surfaces which can damage delicate substrates.


  • Support is provided across the entire substrate
  • No risk of damage to underside components
  • Firm and precise support
  • Ease of Use
  • Can be reconfigured for any job in under 60 seconds.
  • Fits most systems
  • Lightweight and easy to install or move
  • Can be used in a wide range of industries and applications

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