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Stripping ribbon conductors (similar to Kapton)

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by **THE-RFI-EMI-GUY**, Nov 1, 2004.

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  1. I just had the "pleasant experience" of having a ribbon conductor break
    in some 1997 vintage ham equipment. It is a ~16 conductor ribbon cable
    ~1/2" wide which looks a lot like Kapton only it has white insulation,
    possibly epoxy. On one end the conductors are factory stripped and plug
    directly into a latching receptacle. The other end, where the breakage
    occurred was factory stripped and soldered to the surface of the
    circuit board. After much angst, heat and scraping I was able to strip
    the end of the conductor and resolder to the circuit board. I have to
    say, my job doesn't look too bad, but I had to start over once. It burns
    easily in a flame, but is hard to melt with soldering iron.

    Can someone advise how this stuff is stripped in the factory without
    nicking the conductors? Can it be bought in factory made lengths as
    opposed to bulk?

    Joe Leikhim K4SAT
    "The RFI-EMI-GUY"

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