What is Manufacturability
Manufacturability refers to the design and production process of PCBs that ensures efficient and cost-effective manufacturing while maintaining high quality. It involves considering various factors during PCB fabrication and assembly to enable smooth and automated manufacturing processes.
One important aspect of manufacturability is the design of PCBs that meet the requirements of automated manufacturing. This includes considerations such as PCB size, shape, technical rail, and fiducial marks. PCB size should be within the acceptable range to ensure compatibility with automated processes, avoiding the need for additional measures or manual soldering. The shape of the PCB should be designed in ordinary shapes, as irregular shapes may require extra steps and increase costs. Technical rail, a designated area on the PCB, is used to fix the board during manufacturing and is subsequently removed. Fiducial marks, reference points on the PCB, aid in accurate component positioning during automated manufacturing.
PCB manufacturers can achieve efficient production, reduce costs, and improve product quality by ensuring manufacturability. Designing PCBs with manufacturability in mind allows for streamlined manufacturing processes, increased productivity, and faster time-to-market. It also helps identify potential manufacturing issues early on, minimizing the risk of defects and ensuring high-quality products.