Electronic – How to Reel parts from Cut-Tape


How does Digi-Key make Digi-Reels (or Mouser make Mouser-Reels, or whatever)? That is to say, given parts in Cut-Tape form, what tools and additional materials are needed to add a leader to support spooling onto a tape feeder? The picture below shows some kind of foil that bonds the leader to the cut tape in such a way as to keep the pitch consistent through the join. Is it plausible / cost-effective to do this on my own instead of paying a reeling fee to distributors?

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Best Answer

They use a cut tape splicer - this company seems to sell a few, along with the necessary supplies: http://www.tapesplice.com