Step 4.4

Continuous Strip Molding (CSM)

Continuous strip molding (or reel-to-reel molding) is used to efficiently manufacture and assemble terminals and connectors by combining metal terminals and plastic components and connectors. The process uses a feed reel and a take-up reel: a continuous metal “carrier” strip is precisely indexed off the feed reel, passes through an injection mold and onto the take-up reel. The molded parts are delivered to customers still on the take-up reel and placed directly in automated production equipment for hands-off operations that add more components, install covers or form electrical connections, etc.

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