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What is PCBA design? These 13 PCBA design tips help to avoid DFA issues

15 PCBA design tips

PCB is the infrastructure of almost all electronic products, in addition to fixing the basic functions of various small electronic components, the main function is to provide the interconnection of the above electronic components.

As electronic devices become more and more complex, more and more accessories are needed, resulting in more and more dense wiring and accessories on the PCB, which poses a great challenge to the PCBA manufacturing.

Printed circuit board assembly or PCBA account for about half of the steps in the PCB development and manufacturing phase. For PCB assembly, the threat is an open or short circuit that can damage components and boards. These threats can be mitigated or even eliminated by upfront PCBA design.


PCB assembly is the process of combining circuit boards and other electronic components, etc., and then forming a final product. PCB assembly design DFA is the process of considering PCB assembly in the early design stage process to obtain the best product.

In the early days, for new electronic engineers, the focus of design was mainly on the PCB board and ignored the problems that may occur in the PCBA process, which will bring a series of troubles to the entire PCB assembly process.

So how do you avoid making mistakes in PCBA process? What issues should be considered in PCBA design? Below we list a few.

15 PCBA design tips

1. Distance between components
Note the distance between electronic components. Leave sufficient spacing between the two components
Place components around silkscreens and assembly lines
Avoid component shapes overlap
The component spacing value, as shown in the figure

2. Choosing electronic components
Select components during the design phase. In order to ensure that there will not be much difference between the design and the actual assembly, the size and space of the components should be considered in the PCBA design stage. For example, choose smaller components to reduce footprint.

Select components with suitable cycle to avoid problems such as insufficient inventory and delayed delivery in the PCBA process.
Choosing electronic components
3. The minimum line width of the copper foil
Single panel 0.3mm, double panel 0.2mm The minimum copper foil on the side is also 1.0mm.

4. Leaded and lead-free components
There are leaded components and lead-free components that are used separately.Do not mix leaded and lead-free components. If one component decides to use lead-free, then all components must use lead-free components.

5. large electronic components
Place large components evenly. In order to achieve uniform heating during the reflow soldering process, large components are evenly placed in the PCBA design.

Besides, the size of soldering pad should be more larger according to the size of electronic components.

6. Electronic component and PCB edge distance
The SMD components should not be too close to the edge of the PCB board. Especially when using V-grooves, the best edge distance is 150 mils (3.8 mm).

7. Drill bit
The drill bit used in the PCB drilling process should not be too small. Due to the density of BGA, 18.5mil pads and 8mil drilling are ideal.DRILL BIT

8. SMD and THT
SMD is at least 150mil away from THT to facilitate selective wave soldering assembly.

9. Mounting holes
Tool holes defined in the drill diagram with the appropriate center point and drill diameter. Leave sufficient clearance around the mounting holes.

10. Manufacturing technologies
Avoid mixed manufacturing processes as much as possible. If you use plug-ins, try to put all the plug-ins on one side of the board, thereby reducing the cost and time of PCB manufacturing and assembly.

11. Package size
Select the appropriate package size.

12. BOM
Keep the PCB BOM updated at design time. Keep an eye on the BOM as your design changes. When you add new components like schematics during the PCBA design process, in addition to making sure that the correct part numbers and descriptions are used, you should also pay attention to updating the BOM.

13. Panel
The use of panels improves production efficiency and enhances the applicability of the production line.panel

14. Check
Footprint. Component footprint is a major aspect of PCBA design.
Component metrics. Ensure that metrics are present for all components.
Each connection of each component must have its own independent pad.

15. DFM
DFM testing can identify any errors in the PCBA design at an early stage, such as spacing between components, component polarity, packaging and other issues, thus avoiding costly losses and delays in the later stage.

Other PCBA Design Requirements

* Component layout requirements

* Panel design requirements

* Screen printing design requirements

* Solder mask design requirements

* Aperture design requirements

* Surface line requirements

* Fiducials required

* Solder paste design requirements

* Other special requirements


In the overall design process of electronic products, because of its high complexity and many professional technologies, the assembly design of electronic products is an indispensable part. Therefore, PCB assembly is performed by a contract manufacturer (CM), so choosing a good PCBA manufacturer can also avoid a lot of trouble, and it can save you cost and time.

I recommend IBE electronics company. The company is a one-stop PCBA manufacturer with more than 18 years’ experience and provide PCB design, prototype PCB, PCBA design, electronic components procurement, SMT assembly, DIP, PCBA testing, IC package and shipping.



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