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Important Points to Keep in Mind about PCB Panels

If you wish to get complete value for your investment in printed circuit board manufacturing, then you need to have some basic knowledge about the design and manufacturing process. You also need to have knowledge about the different kinds of components that will be used to build your PCB.

While substrate materials and mounting technologies are often discussed in such blogs, one component that is not regularly discussed is the PCB panel. Let’s take a look at this important PCB component.

What You Need to Know About PCB Panels

The following points are important to ensure that your PCB manufacturer is taking the right steps when building a PCB for your application.

  • Mechanical Strength: The panels should be constructed with strong materials that will be able to handle to not only the application requirements, but also the arduous manufacturing and testing processes.
  • Finalize the Prototype Design Early: One great way to reduce costs as well as the turnaround time is to have the PCB manufacturer create the PCB prototype as if he is finalizing the product for production. This will encourage the manufacturer to pay more attention to the prototype design. It will help create more savings as effective PCB panelization can lead to huge savings in the PCB production process.
  • Ease of Manufacturing: The complexity of the PCB design will make a difference to the product’s performance in the application. For small applications, look at creating simple PCBs that will be easy to manufacture, inspect, and deliver.
  • Ensure The Use of Panel Borders: Panel borders are used in the manufacturing process to allow the assembler to machine place components. PCBs without panel borders may require carrier plates to be made or must be assembled by hand, both of which can be very costly.

Keeping these few tips in mind can really help reduce your turnaround time and receive a PCB that will meet your unique application requirements.