Customer Supplied Components

The following requirements apply to all components supplied by our customers.

Customer Supplied Materials Guidelines

These international guidelines developed by the Association Connecting Electronics Industry or IPC have helped standardize the assembly and production of electronic equipment and assemblies. Following these guidelines will allow for a smooth and accurate quoting and manufacturing process.

Customer Supplied Bare PCB’s

Minimum single PCB/array size for equipment use = 3.00” x 3.00” which can include rails

  • Maximum single PCB/array size for equipment use = 17.00” x 20.00” which includes rails.
  • Minimum of two fiducials on opposite corners of the PCB on both sides are required for accurate solder and component alignment and placement. Use 0.040” round apertures with some soldermask clearance.
    • Fiducials must be at least of 0.250” from rail edges to prevent obstruction from machine clamps
  • Add at least 0.250” rail on all sides of PCB to accommodate machine handling if possible or where it makes sense, as sometimes only putting rails on two sides would be better due to components overhanging.
    • Minimum of two fiducials on opposite corners on the rails (if used) are required for accurate solder and component alignment and placement. Use 0.040” round dots with some soldermask clearance. These fiducials should be in addition to the PCB fiducials.
      • Fiducials must be at least of 0.250” from rail edges to prevent obstruction from machine clamps.
      • Fiducials should not be on all four corners of the PCB as this can lead to misplaced parts if the PCB is placed into the machine incorrectly.
        • Typically, the other two open corners may have mounting holes added but is not required.
      • If PCB is over 0.093” thick, putting rails on the PCB might not be advisable. Please make sure if your PCB does not have rails that there are fiducials on the PCB.
      • Rails with V-Scoring
        • V-Scores are applied on both top and bottom sides of the PCB along the PCB edge between the PCB itself and the added rails. It is a “v” shaped groove leaving approximately 1/3 of the PCB thickness with a web of the remaining material to support the PCB and stay attached.
        • V-Scores are made with a V shaped bit that typically has either a 300 or 450 angle. The smaller the angle the smaller the cut into the actual PCB will be.
        • Depending on PCB thickness, the webbing left after v-scoring is typically 0.016” to 0.012”.
        • Components or other features should not be too close to the PCB edge wherever possible or damage may occur during the depaneling process.
      • Rails with Tabs/Mousebites and Routing
        • Tabs or mousebites with routing might be necessary when v-scoring is not an option but Pro-Active would prefer to have v-scores instead of tabs/mousebites.
          • Typically, this is needed for circular or Flex PCB’s or very thin PCB’s where v-scoring leaves the PCB rails too flimsy to stay attached.
        • The location of the tabs or mousebites should be carefully located if they might interfere with assembly or placement into higher level assembly enclosures where size and shape may be critical.
      • Add at least 0.250” spacing rails between PCB’s in array if components overhang.
        • Depending on the type of component and how the component overhangs, routing into the rails may be necessary especially with SMT USB connectors that have a lip that hangs over the edge of the PCB itself once placed.

Bare PCB File Requirements

  • The RS-274X standard is preferred for Gerber files as this file format automatically assigns the

D-Code aperture settings and includes other helpful meta-information.

  • Include NC Drill Files, Drill Chart, and PCB Specs.
    • Drill Chart and PCB Specs can be a PDF if not included in the actual gerber files.
  • Include PDF of Schematics.
  • Include at least one of the following files for equipment programming and documentation:
    • IPC-2581 (Preferred)
    • ODB++
    • ASCII
      Customer supplied component req
      Customer supplied component requirements

      • The customer is responsible for providing RoHS compliant Bill of Materials if the assembly requires it. If required, Pro-Active Engineering will build assemblies in accordance to RoHS compliant processes.
      • It is recommended that the customer send extra parts due to leaders and/or attrition during the PCB assembly process. Pro-Active Engineering does not experience much loss, but to be safe Pro-Active Engineering would appreciate having a small amount of overages to avoid any delays in assembly.
      • Lead time may be impacted if the proper leader and/or attrition is not supplied. If you have expensive components or a minimum quantity of any component on hand, please contact your sales representative for details.
      • Parts that are properly shipped in anti-static carriers or in moisture sensitive packaging will be treated with care while being inventoried, placed, and resealed. Any unused Customer supplied parts are returned with your assembly.
      • Component Packaging Requirements
        • Each component shall be individually packaged, labeled with the BOM line item number, customer part number and/or manufacturers’ part number.
        • The following are acceptable packages of consignment / customer supplied components:
          • SMT Reels
          • Cut Tape
          • Thru-Hole bulk or tape
          • Tubes / Trays
          • Digi-Key Reels
        • SMT components, not supplied on reels, are required to be on one continuous strip of tape.

       Component Overage Guidelines

      • Passive Devices (Resistors, Capacitors, and Diodes)
        • 0603 and larger footprints: Add 10% and/or 20 pieces to build quantity. One continuous tape strip required (Splicing of tape is not permitted).
        • 0402 and 0201 footprints: Add 50 % and/or 50 pieces to build quantity. One continuous tape strip required (Splicing of tape is not permitted).
        • All others add 20% overage.
      • IC's:
        • Under $1.00 - Add 5% overage, or one piece. Whichever is greater.
        • $1.00 - $5.00 - Add one piece.
        • Over $5.00 - No extra is required.
        • If IC’s are in tape media, One continuous piece of tape is required (Splicing of tape is not permitted),
      • Thru-Hole
        • A minimum of one thru-Hole or one percent whichever is greater. (Large volume jobs add to 2-3% overage on inexpensive items .50 cents and less)

      PCB Fabrication Specifications

      To best meet the needs of each individual customer, we offer a wide range of options for PCB Fabrication.

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