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3 Reasons To Use PCB Panel Routing Techniques

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PCB panel routing

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Most PCBs are individually routed—meaning they’re not panelized. That doesn't mean that, sometimes, sending them to a PCB assembler in a panel isn't a good idea or even required. Generally assemblers don't require panels—sometimes called a pallet—but there are some cases when they do.

If the individual PC board, destined for Full Proto service, is smaller than 0.75" x 0.75", it needs to be panelized. If a PC board needing Short Run production service is less than 16 square inches, it needs to be in a panel of at least 16 square inches to qualify for Short Run.

Why else might you want to panelize PC boards?

1. Protection

If you've got a lot of small boards, it's easier to handle and protect then when they're in a panel. A few panels can be more safely packed coming and going from your company to an assembler.

 


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