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The problems that should be paid attention to in PCB design are discussed from welding point of view
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The problems that should be paid attention to in PCB design are discussed from welding point of view

Factors affecting PCB welding quality

From PCB design to the completion of welding of all components into a high quality circuit board, PCB design engineers and even the level of welding process, welding workers and many other links have strict control.

There are mainly the following factors: PCB diagram, the quality of the circuit board, the quality of the device, the oxidation degree of the device pin, the quality of the solder paste, the printing quality of the solder paste, the accuracy of the program of the placement machine, the mounting quality of the reflow furnace temperature curve setting and so on.

Welding plant itself can not surmount the link is PCB design link. Because people who do circuit design often do not weld circuit boards so that they can not get direct welding experience, do not know the various factors affecting welding; And welding factory workers do not understand the drawing board, they just finish the production task, have no mind, more have no ability to analyze the causes of bad welding. Due to the two aspects of the talent in their respective roles, it is difficult to organically combine.

PCB design suggestions

The following is my PCB design link to draw PCB design wiring engineers to put forward some suggestions.

About the positioning hole

Four holes (minimum aperture 2.5mm) should be left at the four corners of the PCB board for positioning the circuit board when printing solder paste. I want the center of the X-axis or Y-axis to be on the same axis,

About mark point

For placement machine positioning. The PCB board should be marked with the Mark point, the specific position: it can be a round or square pad on the diagonal of the board, and do not mix with the pad of other devices. If there are devices on both sides, both sides should be marked.

When designing PCBS, please note the following:

The shape of point a and Mark is symmetrical up and down or left and right

The dimensions of b and A are 2.0mm.

c. There should be no shape and color changes that may cause misidentification within 2.0mm from the outer edge of Mark point. (pad and paste)

d. The color of Mark point should be different from the color of PCB around it.

e. In order to ensure the accuracy of identification, copper or tin is plated on the surface of Mark point to prevent surface reflection. The shape is only marked by lines, light points can not be recognized.

PCB design

About leaving 5mm edge

When drawing PCB, no less than 3mm edge should be left in the long side direction for the placement machine to transport the circuit board, and the placement machine cannot mount devices within this range. Do not place patch devices within this range.

The circuit board with devices on both sides should be taken into account the second time over reflux will be welded side of the side of the device off, serious will rub off the pad, destroy the circuit board

Therefore, it is recommended not to place the patch device within 5mm from the long side of the less side of the chip (generally the Bottom surface). If indeed due to the limited area of the circuit board, you can add the process edge in the long side

Do not directly hole the pad

The defect of passing directly through the hole on the pad is that the solder paste melts into the hole during overreflux, resulting in the lack of tin on the device pad, thus forming virtual welding.

Polarity labeling of diode and tantalum capacitor

Polarity marking of diode and tantalum capacitor should conform to industry regulations, so as not to weld the wrong direction by experience.

About screen printing and signage

Please hide the device model. Especially the circuit board with high device density. Otherwise, dazzle the effect of finding the welding position.

The size of a silk screen character should not be too small to read. Character placement should be staggered over holes to avoid misreading.

The IC pad should be extended

When drawing PCB for IC packaging such as SOP, PLCC and QFP, the pad should be extended. It is appropriate that the pad length on PCB =IC foot length ×1.5, so that when manual soldering iron is used, chip pins and PCB pad and tin are fused into one.

Width of IC pad

SOP, PLCC, QFP package IC, drawing PCB should pay attention to the width of the pad, pad a width on the PCB =IC foot width (i.e., Nom in datasheet. Value), please do not widen, ensure that b(i.e., between two pads) has enough width, so as not to cause continuous welding.

Do not rotate the device at any Angle

Since the SMT machine cannot rotate at any Angle, it can only rotate 90℃, 180℃, 270℃ and 360℃. As shown in Figure B below, if the rotation is 1℃, the Angle between the device pin and the pad on the circuit board will be staggered by 1℃ after the placement machine is affixed, thus affecting the welding quality.

It's about the middle pad under the chip

The bottom of the chip has a pad in the middle of the chip drawing if according to the chip packaging picture in the middle of the pad, it is easy to cause short circuit phenomenon. It is recommended to narrow the middle pad so that the distance between it and the surrounding pin pad is increased to reduce the chance of short circuit.

Do not close together two devices of higher thickness

As shown in the figure below, such plate layout will cause the SMT machine to encounter the previous attached device when attaching the second device, and the machine will detect the danger, resulting in automatic power failure.

About BGA

Because the BGA package is special, its pad is under the chip, and the welding effect can not be seen outside. In order to facilitate the repair, it is recommended to make two positioning holes with Hole Size:30mil on the PCB board, so as to locate the steel mesh (used to scrape the solder paste) during the repair.

Warm tip: The size of the positioning hole should not be too large or too small. It is appropriate to make the needle not fall off after insertion, not shake, and a little tight when insertion, otherwise the positioning is inaccurate.

And it is suggested that the space should be set aside within a certain range around the BGA to place the device, so as to be able to put the screen scraping paste when repairing.

About PCB board color

Don't make it red. Because the red circuit board is white under the red light source of the camera of the patch machine, it cannot be programmed and is not convenient for the welding of the patch machine.

It's about the smaller devices underneath the larger devices

Some people like to line up the smaller devices under the larger ones. For example, the digital tube has a resistor under it.

This layout will cause difficulties to repair, repair must be removed first, and may cause damage to the digital tube. It is recommended to drain the resistance under the digital tube to the Bottom surface.

About the effect of copper coating on solder joint

Because the copper coating will absorb a lot of heat, resulting in the solder is difficult to fully melt, resulting in the formation of virtual welding.


Nowadays, more and more engineers can draw, wire and design PCB with software. However, once the design is completed, the welding efficiency can be improved. The author believes that the above factors need to be paid attention to. And cultivate good drawing habits, good communication with the processing plant, is every engineer to consider.

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