Utilization and Benefit of Standard PCB Panel Size

Standard PCB Panel Size

The PCB Panel benefit

A composite of printed circuit boards, i.e. Printed circuit boards that are not isolated are firmly fixed and the assembly of the printed circuit board also belongs to it, is generally taken as a printed circuit board benefit. The beauty of the layout designs must be the design of the printed circuit board use, in order to be able to use the printed circuit boards at optimal costs and stocks and configurations. The influence of the PCB benefits on the manufacturing costs of the PCB and the cost of assembly. The manufacturing costs of printed circuit boards become clear through the PCB panel inspection control, which is the right regulation of the production panel with the control used by the printed circuit boards.

In the constructed example in Figure 1, the load on panel A (6-fold use) is approx. 50% and the load on panel B (4-fold use) is approx. 70%.
With suitable individual printed circuit boards and by cleverly dimensioning the panel and arranging the panels appropriately, panel utilization of up to 85% can be achieved.

Figure 1:PCB Panel utilization

pcb panel utilization

Figure 2 shows the relative cost contributions in the production of printed circuit boards for a standard printed circuit board (100 * 160mm, 8 holes per cm2, 127µm track width/distance, surface: HAL) depending on the number of layers. Essentially, only the costs for drilling, cutting (scoring or milling), the electrical test, packaging and for some material components are directly dependent on the number of printed circuit boards that can be accommodated on a panel. The remaining cost components are independent of the number of printed circuit boards per panel.

Figure 2: Cost components in the production of printed circuit boards

pcb components

Generally speaking, it can be stated that approx. 70% to 80% of the PCB manufacturing costs are to be regarded as fixed costs, i.e. they are independent of the number of PCBs per panel. For the configurations shown in Figure 1, this means that the 8 circuit boards (Panel B) can be manufactured and purchased almost at the total price of 6 circuit boards (Panel A). The optimal benefit size in terms of manufacturing costs is certainly dependent on the manufacturer. However, considering the commercially available panel cuts of 610 * 530mm or 1070 * 1225mm (standard sheet format) and the mounting margins and spacing required for the manufacturing process, the PCB panel utilization and thus the price formation in the PCB manufacturing for many PCB manufacturers is an optimal benefit size of approx. 245 * 285mm.

The assembly process has cost components that are directly related to the number of components per benefit and thus to the number of printed circuit boards per benefit, such as:
Consumption of solder, direct SMD or THD assembly costs per component and AOI cost per component.
The costs for packaging the circuit boards, an electrical function test and for separating the circuit boards from the panel are proportional to the number of circuit boards in the panel. Other cost components are almost independent of the number of printed circuit boards in use or the number of components on the printed circuit board:

Throughput time of the benefit in the soldering system,
Time for paste printing,
The placement machine is idle during retraction/extension or change of use.
Assembly costs for PCBs benefit

Figure 3: PCB Assembly costs

pcb assembly

This reduces the processing costs in the PCB assembly for a benefit with an increasing number of PCBs in the benefit, as shown in principle in Figure 3. The following briefly examines whether maximizing the number of printed circuit boards in terms of use is always technologically sensible.

PCB Benefit Dimensions

The maximum benefit size or PCB size varies depending on the PCB manufacturer and technical equipment. Based on the standard PCB panel size cut 610 * 530mm, which is often processed, there are maximum dimensions of approx. 570 * 490mm for many manufacturers. In electronics production at CAD-UL, the maximum dimensions are specified by the machines used, provided that it is to be carried out completely mechanically:

Paste printer 600 * 600mm
SMD pick and place machine 400 * 550mm
Vapor phase soldering system 550 * 600mm

The following reasons speak against the processing of benefits with the maximum dimensions:

As PCB panel size increases, this also loses stability, which can also be seen depending on the PCB thickness. There is a risk that the connection points between the circuit boards break due to improper handling.

The base materials for printed circuit boards can shrink or stretch during the printed circuit board manufacturing process (dimensional stability). In addition, there are of course manufacturing tolerances in the production process of the circuit board, which can lead to an offset of copper structuring, to drilling and contour of the circuit board and to an offset from layer to layer. With a lot of know-how and by adapting the production data, the PCB manufacturers manage to keep the effects to a minimum. With very large circuit boards or with large benefits where components with small pads, e.g. B. 0.4mm pitch, placed far apart, this can lead to borderline differences between the x, y positions of the pads on the circuit boards and the associated breakouts of the steel stencils for paste printing.

Additional measures must be taken to prevent the bending of the PCB panels during transport in the transport devices, during paste printing, in the placement system and during the soldering process. The bending can lead to faulty paste printing or mechanical stress on the solder joints.
In the manufacture of printed circuit boards, problems with the final inspection and the electrical test arise with increasing dimensions.

If there is a requirement not to allow failure circuit boards in the panel, maximizing the number of circuit boards in the panel can lead to a significant loss in yield and thus to a price increase for the single circuit board.

Connection of the circuit boards and benefit separation

The design of the benefits must be reconsidered and specified during the PCB layout phase so that there are no surprises later during the assembly process. Basically, a decision for a procedure must be made: scoring, milling or a combination of both. The position and orientation of the components relative to the scratching trench or the milling ridges must be selected so that the force applied when the panels are separated is as small as possible. The copper must be set back sufficiently from the scoring trenches or perforation holes for the burrs in order to avoid water exposure. Ultimately, the layout designer is also responsible for sufficient stability of use during all machining processes and for the joint and coordinated optimization of the manufacturing and assembly costs of the printed circuit board.

Connection of printed circuit boards and benefit separation for printed circuit boards with a straight and continuous contour with a minimum of two opposite parallel sides see Figure 4 and if there are no special requirements with regard to edge roughness, the scoring or notch milling process can be used. Trenches lying one above the other are carved on both sides of the printed circuit boards. The notch angle is usually 30˚, the notch depth depends on the board thickness and the remaining core thickness is approximately 0.4mm. The scribing process is no longer useful for circuit board thicknesses greater than 2.0 mm. In order to reduce the mechanical stress when separating the printed circuit boards from the panel to a minimum, CAD-UL uses a scratch PCB panel separator with a fixed and a roller knife.

Figure 4: PCB Scoring benefits

For circuit boards with irregular contours or if there are increased demands regarding edge roughness and dimensional accuracy, see Figure 5, the circuit board contour must be milled. The diameter of the milling cutters, usually 2.0mm or 2.4mm, for edge processing should be specified because the blanking process must be set to this milling width. Bars must remain during milling in order to connect the circuit boards to one another or to the utility frame. The number, position, and width of the webs must be carefully determined depending on the use or milling benefits of the printed circuit board size and thickness, in order to be able to guarantee sufficient mechanical stability during all processing operations, as well as to separate the printed circuit boards from the use with little mechanical To be able to carry out stress on the solder joints and components. The webs can also be scratched or provided with perforation holes inside, on or outside the circuit board contour, see Figure 6, in order to be able to further reduce the stress effect when cutting.

Figure 5: PCB Milling benefits

With CAD-UL, the webs are either punched out by a pneumatically working web separator with a hook knife, or the circuit boards are separated from one another by milling. Depending on the separation process and the position of the perforation holes, sharp-edged remnants of the webs can remain on the circuit board, which can lead to injuries. These are to be removed after the separation.

Figure 6: Variants of router bars

A common feature of all depaneling processes is that the circuit board deforms at the separation points due to the mechanical action during the separation and that forces are exerted on the components and the soldering points. These can lead to component defects, in particular hairline cracks in SMD ceramic capacitors. Under certain circumstances, these defects are not immediately visible or have no effect, but only lead to malfunctions of the affected components after a long time.

Mixed benefits are defined as benefits that combine different printed circuit boards with identical layer structure and identical manufacturing technology. The motivation for this is clear, printed circuit boards are only charged once and only one paste printing stencil is required for a printed circuit board with SMD on one side. If, however, the Gerber data set provides several parts lists and several pick & place data sets for the benefit, in which reference names may be assigned more than once, these data sets must be combined with effort and risk of error by the work preparation department for electronics production in order to effectively create components shopping and to be able to effectively consider the benefits as an assembly project. Most of the time, the different printed circuit boards are installed in the device in one device and these printed circuit boards are therefore required in the same number of pieces or in a fixed number of pieces. However, since raw circuit boards already fail in use and errors can occur during the assembly of printed circuit boards, the planned quantity ratio cannot be guaranteed after the end of production. This can lead to problems, particularly with series assembly. The savings in one-off costs at the start of the project may later be expensive.

Figure 7: Mixed benefit

All those involved, the circuit board layout, the circuit board manufacturer and the circuit board assembler should carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of a mixed-use at the start of the project and determine an optimal procedure together.

In order to make optimal use of the space on a production panel, it is also possible to use irregularly shaped printed circuit boards, e.g. L-shaped or T-shaped, to be arranged rotated to each other on a PCB panel with 90 mit or 180˚. However, since printed circuit boards have preferred directions for paste printing and wave soldering, it should be checked whether this procedure also guarantees an optimal assembly process.

Last but not least, a printed circuit board that is to be produced and assembled individually, e.g. Components placed too close to the edge or where there is no more space for fiducial brands and which therefore must be provided with a receiving edge on at least two opposite sides are referred to as benefits.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the design of the benefits or support in the creation of the benefits. Our employees in the areas of PCB layout and work preparation are always at your side with advice and action.

Dimensions of single circuit board and delivery benefits

Single PCB

Please select this option if your circuit board consists of a single circuit pattern. We always mill individual circuit boards. The circuit board may contain internal cutouts as long as it does not separate the circuit diagram. Otherwise, we speak of a PCB benefit.

If your PCB is smaller than 30x15mm, please put it in a delivery benefit. For this, we offer you the option “PCB Delivery benefit with online configuration”.

Delivery benefits

Delivery benefit from file or plan:

The same applies to multi-use if you want to order different conductor patterns in one use.

Delivery benefits with online configuration:

Do you have the data of a single circuit board and no benefit drawing, but would like to have your circuit board in the delivery benefit? Then simply tell us in the configurator how we can design the benefits. If you need predetermined breaking holes, please bring them into the single image in advance.

You can find more on the definition of a delivery benefit in our tutorial!

Registration marks in the edge of the sheet

On request, we can introduce registration marks in the delivery area of your printed circuit boards. Place it like 3 copper pads with a diameter of 1.00 mm in the middle of the edge of the PCB panel. In the solder mask, these are exempted with 2.00 mm.

Bad parts in the delivery benefit

In the delivery benefit, it can happen that individual circuit boards are struck out by our quality assurance if the quality does not meet our standard. We never paint more than 50% of the printed circuit boards on a delivery benefit. We also fill in the missing number of items by sending more delivery benefits than you ordered. So that you always get at least the desired number at the end.

Features of flex PCB

A circumferential edge of ≥ 7.50 mm is absolutely necessary. If there is a copper-free surface, the delivery benefit edge is always rostered onto the top and bottom. This prevents the PCB from warping. The edge of the delivery benefit is always coated on both sides with flex lacquer (even with a 1F structure).

General information on dimensions

The size of your circuit board is determined by the measurement from center contour to center contour. We, therefore, recommend using a contour line of 200 µm to avoid ambiguities.

At Moko Technology, your printed circuit boards can be machined using notches, milling or a combination of notches and milling. We carry out milled PCBs.

When milling a multiple-use, your printed circuit board remains connected in the benefit by means of retaining bars. The standard cutters are 1.60mm, 2.00mm or 2.40mm.

When notching, we place your printed circuit boards in the delivery benefit.

Written by ——
Will Li

Will Li

Will is proficient in electronic components, PCB production process and assembly technology, and has extensive experience in production supervision and quality control. On the premise of ensuring quality, Will provides customers with the most effective production solutions. Reach Me Now>>
Will Li

Will Li

Will is proficient in electronic components, PCB production process and assembly technology, and has extensive experience in production supervision and quality control. On the premise of ensuring quality, Will provides customers with the most effective production solutions. Reach Me Now>>
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