SMT Carriers

SMT Carriers

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Quick Overview

GET A 25% DISCOUNT on your first Surface Mount Carrier!

We offer prototype and production SMT Carriers (also known as surface mount carriers or process carriers). Prototype carriers are fabricated with high Tg FR4 (PCB material) to reduce manufacturing cost and lead time. They can also be fabricated with stainless steel using an infrared laser, the same type of laser used to manufacture SMT stencils.

  • Reduce soldering defects
  • Reduce setup time
  • Enable handling of flex & rigid-flex PCBs
  • Improve repeatability
  • Reduce board warping
  • Reduce labor cost

  • 5% Discount, 2-5 Units
  • 7.5% Discount, >5 Units
  • 10% Discount, >10 Units

Don’t wait, Quote and Order your Surface Mount Carriers Online.
  • Material Thickness: 6mm, 8mm and 12mm
  • # of Standard Pressure Holders: $2.00 each
  • Carrier Size: Carrier Width x Carrier Length (see price table)
  • # of Flexible Pressure Holders: $0.00 each
If you need a quote please email your files to
or request a
Custom Quote


Production SMT carriers are made with an ESD composite, pressed fibre, thermoset plastic which can be machined to create SMT fixtures and wave pallets. SMT carriers are used to protect, support, and transport printed circuit boards of different sizes and shapes including flex and rigid-flex PCBs through the entire SMT process.

How to Quote and Order your SMT Carrier

You can request a custom quote or quote and order your SMT carrier online. Please follow the next steps to quote and order online.

  1. Enter the part number and revision of your pallet. It is very important to assign a part number and a revision to any custom part for identification.
  2. Attached a zip file containing the following information:
    1. Gerber or Step files
    2. Photos of previously assembled boards (if available)
    3. Special instructions
  3. Select the material thickness. If you are not sure what to select, please request a custom quote.
  4. Enter the approximate carrier length and width in inches.
  5. Select the type of pressure holder and quantity needed. Select none if your carrier does not require pressure holders.
  6. Enter the number of carriers you would like to order in the “Quantity” field in the upper right corner of the screen. An automatic discount is applied depending on the quantity.

Using SMT Carriers during the surface mount process

SMT Carriers are used during the entire SMT process especially when the printed circuit boards are too small for the conveyor system, have irregular shapes or have components too close to the edge. They are used during the printing process when applying solder paste on the bare boards. They are used during component placement and during the reflow process.

  • Process multiple individual printed circuit boards at the same time (e.g. the circuit boards are too small and should have been panelized).
  • Provide support for odd-shape PCBs.
  • Provide support for assemblies of flex and rigid-flex PCBs.
  • Process boards with SMT components too close to the edge of boards.
Stainless Steel FR4 Tg180 Thermoset Plastic
Printing Yes Yes Yes
Placing Yes Yes Yes
Reflowing No Yes Yes