Wire Wrap Ic Sockets

Written by Jarret Ewanek
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Wire wrap is a method used to mount IC packages to printed circuit boards. Rather than soldering the package to the unit, silver plated wire is wrapped around the connecting pins for placement. While different packages have specific installation instructions, it's generally a good idea to wrap one insulated wire around the unit. Once you wrap that wire, it's a good idea to wrap an uninsulated wire around the unit ten times.

It's a good idea to keep accurate records of your wiring methods. This helps to protect the integrity of the system, and also makes it easier to remove or replace the wires as needed. In some cases, you may only have to remove two or three wires to change the connection. It's also a good idea to place any solder decoupling caps onto the ground pins of the sockets before you wire your new system.

The Right Tool For the Job

Wrapping the wire and making the connection to the PCB requires a tool called a bit. This tool is used for rotating the unit, and is also handy for applying pressure to the wire while you wrap it around the pins. On the top part of the bit you should find a slot that allows the wire to be wrapped. It's always important to invest in a bit that meets industry-wide specifications.

The number of turns needed to establish a secure connection is determined by the length of the insulated wire. The longer the wire, the more turns needed. Different industries require different levels of compliance. Many industries allow you to use pre-stripped wires for making connections. These wires help to save time and money in the mounting process. These pre-stripped wires come with instructions for the amount of turns needed for optimum function and reliability.


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