Industrial PCB Laser DepanelingPCB depaneling (singulation) laser machines and systems have been gaining popularity over recent years. Mechanical depanaling/singulation is done with routing, die cutting, and dicing saw methods. However, as the boards get smaller, thinner, flexible, and more sophisticated, those methods produce even more exaggerated mechanical stress to the parts. Large boards with heavy substrates absorb these stresses better, while these methods used on ever-shrinking and complex boards can result in breakage. This brings lower throughput, along with the added costs of tooling.
With annual sales volume exceeding $60B annually, Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are big business...$60B in 2012 alone. They're found in electronics around the world, from smartphones to supertankers to sweatshirts. There's little that isn't somehow connected to the PCB. With so many applications, and such high sales volume, it makes sense that manufacturers are seeking out ways to speed up production while cutting costs. Printed circuit boards require quite a bit of information on them. 2D and UID codes, barcodes, serial and batch numbers, and.