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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[Infographic] 5 Common UV Laser Depaneling Myths Debunked

It seems like there are more myths about UV laser depaneling than there are about the Loch Ness Monster. But unlike old Nessie, UV laser depaneling myths are much easier to debunk.

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The Pros and Cons of Multilayer PCBs

Smaller and lighter printed circuit boards (PCBs) are becoming increasingly popular within the PCB industry. The old, rigid, and thick PCBs that many are used to are becoming increasingly obsolete with regard to current applications. The electronic devices that so many people rely on every day are becoming smaller and lighter. Smartphones, laptops, and many more devices are being built with portability in mind, and PCB manufacturers must respond to this trend in order to survive.

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Considerations For an Efficient PCB Design

Until recently, the creation of efficient Printed Circuit Board layouts wasn’t exactly a pressing issue. Electronic devices were large, and PCBs weren’t restricted in size. Today, however, PCBs are smaller than ever before and sometimes even ultra-thin and flexible. Designers are now forced to put more powerful and complex PCBs on smaller boards. Unfortunately, the close proximity of components and traces increases the chances of failure. This means that PCB designers are investing significant resources into designing the most efficient and effective PCB layouts possible.

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The Most Effective PCB Failure Analysis Tests Explained

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) have applications in nearly every electronic device available on the market. As the brains of these devices, PCBs are intricate systems that require highly specialized manufacturing processes.

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