While repairing a projector, I broke the flap holding the flat flex cable (FFC) in place. It's the type "flip-lock" and is ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) so without the flap in position, the connector doesn't work.

I've tried to contact some FFC connector manufacturers, but they were not able to help identify the part. Please mind that the only thing I know is that has 84 pins.

I read here and here that my challenge isn't easy, but I'm willing to give a try.

Do you have an idea of which manufacturer might produce such connectors?

Do you have an idea about how to fix it, rather than inserting a spacer under the FFC?

Thanks a lot. I hope to have been enough clear and precise.

FFC out of the connector

Connector with broken flap (white part)

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    \$\begingroup\$ Last time I used the lid of some plastic container which was just the correct thickness + hot melt glue. Still working to this day. \$\endgroup\$ – winny Nov 22 '18 at 11:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ Thanks everyone for your help/opinions. At the end I was able to fix it with two layers of magic tape under the FPC as a spacer. It's pretty tight so I suppose it won't come lose any time soon. I hope that others will benefit from this tip :) PS: The connector is from an EPSON beamer from the EMP-TWx000 family \$\endgroup\$ – Alex Nov 28 '18 at 19:44

I have worked a lot with FPC connectors, and that pin layout looks very much like is used by some of the Hirose and Panasonic FPC connectors, however, their websites don't show as having an 84 contact connector in production.

In my experience, I have found that when it comes to mass produced electronic goods, some of the connectors are custom made, and therefore near to impossible to find as a replacement.

I assume that the likely hood of working on this connector in the future is fairly low, and therefore I suggest that you insert the FPC with a spacer, and then hold it in place with some hot glue, or any kind of adhesive, that can be easily removed, in case you needed to do some maintenance on the projector.


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