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Dealing with the Top Five Factory Floor Productivity Killers in the PCB Industry

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Dealing with the Top Five Factory Floor Productivity Killers in the PCB Industry

The worldwide electronics industry has sales of $750 billion, two thirds of which is accounted for by PCB assembly. PCB manufacturing is characterised by an obsessive drive for increased productivity in the context of three significant industry drivers:

Shorter product lifecycles � The pressure is on to develop better products and bring them to market before the competition does, at lower cost, while simultaneously developing the next generation product. Only five years ago, product lifecycles were measured in years; now they are measured in months, putting pressure on designers and manufacturers to accelerate the process of moving from prototype stage to high-volume manufacture...

Credit / Source: Dr. Henry Jurgens Valor Computerized Systems

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Generating p-n-p file from gerbers only

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I have the raw gerber files used to manufacture a bare pcb. I do not have the pick-n-place file giving the locations of the surface mount parts on the pcb. Does anyone know of a software program that can take the gerber files... »»

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We had an issue with the finish, PCB manufacturer is telling that they had a problem with the Nickel rework, which resulted in 20% fall out. Please help me by providing the ENIG thickness for Flex boards... »»

0402 tombstones

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I am trying to reduce some 0402 cap tombstones. The main cause is the pad spacing is a little too far apart and the parts are as tall as they are wide .5mm I am stuck with the pad spacing for a while... »»

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