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Holding T1600 FPCs


Preventing Damage to FPCs


Many components on the FPC are fragile. Failure to handle FPCs as specified in this document can cause irreparable damage.


To prevent damage when handling or carrying FPCs:

  • As you carry the FPC, do not bump it against anything. FPC components are fragile.

  • Do not grasp the FPC anywhere except places that this document indicates. In particular, never grasp the connector edge, especially at the power connector in the corner where the connector and bottom edges meet (see Figure 1).

  • Do not carry the FPC by the faceplate with only one hand (see Figure 2).

  • Do not rest any edge of an FPC directly against a hard surface (see Figure 3). If you must rest the FPC temporarily on an edge while changing its orientation between vertical and horizontal, use your hand as a cushion between the edge and the surface.

Figure 1: Do Not Grasp the Connector Edge
Do Not Grasp the
Connector Edge
Figure 2: Do Not Carry an FPC with Only One Hand
Do Not
Carry an FPC with Only One Hand
Figure 3: Do Not Rest the FPC on an Edge
Do Not Rest the
FPC on an Edge

Holding T1600 FPCs Vertically


An FPC configured with PICs installed can weigh as much as 37 lb (14.5 kg). Be prepared to accept the full weight of the FPC as you lift it.

You hold an FPC vertically when installing it into the chassis. To hold an FPC vertically (see Figure 4):

  1. Orient the FPC so that the faceplate faces you.
  2. Place one hand around the FPC faceplate about a quarter of the way down from the top edge. To avoid deforming the electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding strip, do not press hard on it.
  3. Place your other hand at the bottom edge of the FPC. If the FPC has heat sinks about midway between the faceplate and connector edge, place your other hand against the heat sinks.
Figure 4: Holding an FPC Vertically
Holding an FPC Vertically

Holding T1600 FPCs Horizontally

To hold an FPC horizontally:

  1. Orient the FPC so that the faceplate is facing you.
  2. Grasp the top edge with your left hand and the bottom edge with your right hand.

You can rest the faceplate of the FPC against your body as you carry it (see Figure 5.

Figure 5: Holding an FPC Horizontally
Holding an FPC Horizontally