Welcome to EDAboard.com

Welcome to our site! EDAboard.com is an international Electronics Discussion Forum focused on EDA software, circuits, schematics, books, theory, papers, asic, pld, 8051, DSP, Network, RF, Analog Design, PCB, Service Manuals... and a whole lot more! To participate you need to register. Registration is free. Click here to register now.

What info is needed to designate location for PCB assembly process?

Status
Not open for further replies.

Synaps3

Member level 1
Joined
Oct 14, 2014
Messages
37
Helped
0
Reputation
0
Reaction score
0
Trophy points
6
Activity points
358
So there are some other questions similar to this, but none of them talk about how to designate the placement of components for the manufacturer.

I use a pretty uncommon piece of software for designing my PCBs (sprint layout), so I can't just send the project file because they won't be able to open it.

I have done PCB manufacture before without assembly. All I have to do is send the company the gerber and drill files.

Now to do a pick and place, I also have to provide a BOM; this I understand.

What I don't understand is how they program the machine to place the components at the right location. Do I need another file for this? Is it good enough to just have the component numbers on the silkscreen layer and have them figure it out themselves, or is there some type of other file I have to include to tell them the exact location to place the components?
 

FvM

Super Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 22, 2008
Messages
49,148
Helped
14,387
Reputation
29,038
Reaction score
13,141
Trophy points
1,393
Location
Bochum, Germany
Activity points
283,276
You need a "pick and place" file, containing the component type names, designators, placement side, origins and rotations. Review Sprint handbook how it can be generated.

See an Altium pick-and-place output in .csv format:
"Designator","Footprint","Mid X","Mid Y","Ref X","Ref Y","Pad X","Pad Y","Layer","Rotation","Comment"
"R2","0603","11mm","19mm","11mm","19mm","10.225mm","19mm","T","0.00","150R 1% TK100 63mW 0603"
"R1","0603","15mm","32mm","15mm","32mm","14.225mm","32mm","T","0.00","10K 1% TK100 63mW 0603"
 

Status
Not open for further replies.

Part and Inventory Search

Welcome to EDABoard.com

Sponsor

Top