Most rigid arrays (PCBA’s or panels) are made from up to 1.5 mm thick FR-4, a fiberglass substrate with other layers thrown in depending upon the nature of the finished PCB product. The substrate is very abrasive and hard to cut and the arrays are multiple-cavity for economy of scale.
Singulation of rigid printed circuit board arrays can be accomplished by various methods:
A typical 8 1⁄2” x 11” array could have 1, 2, or 48 (any multiple) PCB’s on it so they can all be populated and soldered in an automated line. At the back-end, as it’s called, the PCBs must be separated from the panel. Thus, the terms depaneling or singulating (to depanel or make single) all the PCBs from the array.
Depaneling of flexible PCB’s can also be accomplished with the Pioneer-Dietecs Process. Flexible PCB’s are also commonly cut with steel rule dies.
Pioneer-Dietecs offers a different approach. Our Opposed blades method consists of hard steel blades that enter the substrate from both sides simultaneously.
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Pioneer-Dietecs tooling is a lot less expensive than hard tooling, but has the same accuracy with the EDM’d die-plates that hold the blades.
The Pioneer-Dietecs stress-free PCB Depaneling process is:
Pioneer-Dietecs PCB depaneling systems complete the whole Pioneer-Dietecs depaneling and singulating process.
The full line of Pioneer-Dietecs press systems is pneumatically-operated. Because there’s no hydraulic oil used, they are clean-room safe. No electricity is required. Use on a bench-top or on a moveable/lockable wheeled stand. Larger systems are built using 80/20 Aluminum and easily integrate into robotic cells or in-line systems.
Typical uses of the Pioneer-Dietecs cutting press systems are:
Robotic Depaneling Cell Options:
The S2000 Platform design lends itself easily to in-line integration. The top of the press can be easily removed to have robotic access to the lower shuttle table for pick & place of arrays and singulated PCB’s. The S2000 press can be seen in the rear of the cell behind the robot in the picture to the left. The lower right picture shows the singulated PCB’s being removed by the robot.
Learn more about Pioneer-Dietecs line of PCB depaneling systems for V-scored and tab-routed circuit boards.
Let Pioneer design a turnkey system for your depaneling process. Send us a CAD file, pdf or sample array and we’ll quote a turnkey system including both dies and presses you need to completely singulate your printed circuit boards.
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