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Printed Circuit Board (PCB) manufacturing is a detailed and time consuming process. PCB assembly is one of the vital procedures in the entire production run. It consists of processes such as component placement, solder paste deposition, and solder printing, among others. If you want your PCB to meet all the application requirements, it is important that you have some basic knowledge about the PCB assembly process.
Generally, if you read posts on PCB assembly, you will mainly find information on aspects like mounting technologies (SMT or PTH), or various types of substrate materials. Rather than reiterate these topics, we will be taking a look at another important aspect – PCB Panels. PCB paneling consists of designing a PCB, where the components are placed on panels. Manufacturers prefer to produce PCBs with panels as they are known for their efficiency, and can also meet the prerequisites for plating processes. This method allows manufacturers to increase the overall PCB throughput in the SMT process.
The following points are important to ensure that your PCB manufacturer is taking the right steps when working with PCB panels for your application.
Communication between the customer and manufacturer is extremely important when manufacturing PCBs. Discussing the above mentioned points with your manufacturer can help him understand your requirements perfectly. It will also allow him to manufacture a durable, yet cost-effective product for your application.