Ensure PCB Compliance
There are high costs associated with finding quality issues once a product leaves the factory. This has led to two key requirements being placed upon PCB manufacturing operations for some time by that last group of customers.
The first requirement is traceability. Should a defect be found in the market, the supply chain must be able to quickly analyze its source to determine what other units of the same product might have the same problem.
The second requirement is conformance to designated operational standards. This is an attempt to reduce defects by making every operation follow a defined procedure. Conformance strategies can ensure that everything is performed correctly, in the right sequence, and with the right setup.
To promote compliance without impeding the PCB manufacturing flow, new software-driven approaches continuously gather data about materials and processes during operation. The data includes test results, the movement of units through production, materials placement and more. The tools then generate complete traceability build records. The software follows best practices. It enforces and checks correct operation as part of the standard process. Traceability is achieved at minimal additional product cost or effort because it becomes a built-in part of the whole PCB manufacturing flow, not just the SMT machines. Automated analysis and reporting functions can build records on demand, so that any issue can be quantified and contained at a moment’s notice.