The major challenge associated hand building a PCB assembly  is committing to a large-scale project within strict timeframes. Oftentimes those with small businesses simply cannot manage the hand building process alone while scaling up their workload. And so it’s important to learn more about the value of PCB assembly in the USA marketplace as well as how to switch from hand assembly to a machine controlled process. Our team will explore this topic in greater detail in our new post.

Solder Mask and Silkscreen are Critical

In transitioning to machine-based PCB assembly services, it’s important to work with a solder mask to minimize the spread of the solder across the board. Without the mask,those smaller components may become damaged through the solder bleeding process.

Don’t Use Pseudo Panels

In working with machine PCB assembly teams in the USA, try to avoid the use of pseudo panels in your circuit boards. Pseudo panels are multiples of the same board placed onto the PCB and can help to reduce the cost of rebuilding the board over the long-term. But when working with a machine building process, the movement of the machine separating these additional panels can be difficult without cracking solder joints. Make sure the smaller boards are each panelized to avoid this challenge over the long-term.

Avoid Open Vias in Pads

Putting large vias in the pad to hand solder leadless surface mount parts is a common practice for those hand-soldering their PCBs. But this won’t work when taking on the automation assembly process. The solder will flow down to the back side of the board. This can lead to parts that fall off as well as parts that don’t connect with all of their pads.

The transition to machine PCB assembly in USA plants is one of the best ways to consolidate costs while working on smaller circuit boards. To learn more about this process, call us today!

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