Depanelization is the removal of the PCBs from the panel itself. In order to increase the throughput of printed circuit boards manufacturing, PCBs are often designed so that they consist of many smaller individual PCBs that will be used in the final product. This PCB cluster is called a panel. The large panel is broken up or "depaneled" as a certain step in the process - depending on the product, it may happen right after SMT process, after soldering of through-hole elements, etc., but it often occurs before final assembly and testing takes place. There are six main depanelization cutting techniques currently in use: hand break, pizza cutter (also known as V-cut), punch, router, saw, and laser. For more information, please contact a representative of EPCB.