The Revolution of Depaneling Technology: Make Sure Your Manufacturing Is Keeping Up

When designing and manufacturing printed circuit boards (PCBs), it’s easy to overlook the depaneling process. After all, traditional thinking has been that developing thinner boards, designing the layouts for maximum efficiency, and engineering smaller components will produce the most savings.

However, if PCB manufacturers focus merely on reducing size and increasing yield, they may fail to realize how important depaneling can truly be. Worse yet, in their haste to produce more PCBs, many manufacturers have ignored the developments in depaneling altogether and, consequently, have significantly fallen behind some of their competitors.

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UV Lasers: The Only Choice for The Future of PCB Depaneling

Up until now, two primary methods of circuit board depaneling have dominated the market: Mechanical depaneling for durable boards and CO2 lasers for those with more precise needs. But as technology advanced, current circuit board designs have failed to keep up with the increasing demands of various industries. Thankfully, flexible circuit boards have answered the call and designers are flocking to them for the versatility, weight and size reduction, and intricacy that square, rigid boards lack.

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PCB Depaneling: The Best Methods for Each PCB Design

The most cost-effective method of producing circuit boards is by printing multiple circuit boards onto a panel. These panels must then be separated into the smaller, individual boards the customer ordered. This process is called depaneling. Years ago, this process was painstakingly done by hand, but as circuit boards got thinner and more fragile, these manual methods quickly became impossible and unaffordable. Today, there are a slew of different technologies available to depanel circuit boards, each with their strengths and weaknesses. In this article, we will explore those differences.

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[Infographic] How UV Lasers Overcome the Challenges of Mechanical Depaneling

Laser depaneling systems have been gaining popularity over recent years. Mechanical depaneling is done with routing, die cutting, and dicing saw methods. Use this infographic to learn the differences between these two depaneling methods and how they could be affecting your bottom line. 

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Streamline Your PCB Production With This Genius Method

Producing printed circuit boards can be a costly procedure. If not done correctly, the circuit boards can be put at risk of being damaged or destroyed during production, transportation, or assembly. Panelizing your printed circuit boards is an excellent way to not only ensure their safety during production but also to reduce your overall costs and production time during the process. Here are some methods of panelizing your printed circuit boards, as well as some common challenges faced during this process.

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