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SMT Shield Clips

Harwin's EZ-BoardWare Shield Can Clips

Surface Mount EMI/RFI shield clips from Harwin are now available in 12 different sizes, to save PCB space and reduce assembly and rework time by eliminating through–hole manufacturing processes.

  • Maxi clip – For shielding cans using 0.7-1.0mm thick material.
  • Midi clips – For shielding cans 0.17-0.3mm thick.
  • Mini clips – 40% smaller, for shielding cans 0.13-0.3mm thick.
  • Micro clips – Low profile, for shielding cans 0.15-0.25mm thick.
  • Compact clip – Single clip pair for smallest posible footprint.
  • Corner clip – For securing 90 degree corners, optional corner shield.

Sensitive electronic circuits need to be fully protected from extraneous electro-magnetic and radio frequency interference (EMI and RFI). This has typically been achieved by mounting metal shields or ‘cans’ directly to the PCB to fully shroud the required circuitry. These shields are often attached to the PCB using through-hole solder tails, manually soldered after the main assembly process.

Not only is this time-consuming and costly but also, during initial setup and subsequent maintenance, it is often necessary to access the circuitry and components under the shields. This requires de-soldering operations in often densely populated areas containing highly sensitive components. As a result there is a high risk of expensive damage occurring.

Saving time and expense

Harwin’s solution of using shield retaining clips, supplied in industry-standard Tape & Reel packaging, provide an automatic placement method which is soldered using standard SMT placement equipment. The shielding can is then fitted during final assembly within seconds. As it is possible to remove and refit the can a number of times, tuning and rework operations are simplified, and a minimal risk of damage is ensured. Therefore both initial production and rework costs are significantly reduced.

Harwin’s EMI/RFI clips are aimed at telecoms base stations, radio communications, data processing and in-car entertainment systems. Previous devices have been successfully used in diverse applications such as the Bowman Military radio project and automotive SatNav/DVD players.

SMT Shield Clip on PCB



  • Compatible with automated assembly
  • Eliminates through-hole assembly
  • Allows multiple fitting-removal-refitting cycles of shielding can
  • Beryllium-Copper or Cupro-Nickel base material available on the Midi clip
  • Contact resistance as low as 20 milliohms
  • Complimentary range of 0.2mm and 0.3mm thick Shield Cans also available


  • Telecoms base stations
  • Radio communications
  • Data processing
  • In-car entertainment/information systems


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