Solutions To Common PCB Manufacturing Problems

Surface Mount equipment and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) manufacturing are essential for creating everyday items that we depend on, and Capital Equipment Exchange can help provide you with the best PCB manufacturing equipment to prevent common manufacturing problems.

Common problems during the manufacturing process can be due to problems with components, soldering, defects in the design, and even rusted or broken parts of the board itself.

  1. Poor Soldering
  2. Poor Components
  3. Poor Design
  4. Wrong Location of Components
  5. Damaged Pins

1. Poor Soldering

Soldering is essential in order to provide stability to your components, establish connections, and ensure your PCB materials are of the highest quality. Unfortunately, inexperienced soldering or defects in the solder material can cause poor soldering.

To fix this, use surface mount technology equipment that automatically inputs soldering material accurately. Also, use the best tool for the job, such as wave solder machines that can provide soldering to both through-hole and surface-mounted PCB boards.

2. Poor Components

During the PCB assembly problems such as rust or components that have been damaged and are ineffective can lead to problems with the overall function of your PCB. It's important to test these components before installing them onto your PCB. To do so, use equipment such as flying probe testers that can provide you with accurate information and quickly identify problems.

3. Poor Design

Poor design can lead to issues such as components overlapping, errors when cutting the PCB leading to exposed copper, and an issue known as tomb-stoning. During tomb-stoning, the components on one side of the board stick up, effectively rendering it incapable of delivering a charge. It's important to check your design before using SMT equipment, and do prototypes beforehand.

4. Wrong Location of Components

For your PCB board to operate effectively, all components must be oriented in the correct position and follow the specific design schematic for your SMT machine. Make sure to reorient any misaligned parts manually. You can also adjust the airflow of your machine, which is sometimes effective at helping realign components.

5. Damaged Pins

Pins play an important role in helping to ensure your PCB board is properly connected. Replace damaged pins and check to see if there is any current going through them using a test probe.

Make your PCB Assembly Process Easier

At Capital Equipment Exchange, we have the parts you need to ensure your PCB manufacturing and assembly process goes smoothly. Visit our website to view our products today.