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What is PCB panelization

The PCB panelization process begins with the design phase.

Panelization is a method of designing an array of printed circuit boards to produce a single machined part for the PCB assembler. Once the manufacturing process is complete, the individual PCBs are separated from the panel using a technique called depaneling. This can be done using a variety of methods such as milling, punching or v-scoring (v-cutting the PCBs).

Advantages of PCB panelization:
- Cost reduction. By producing multiple PCBs on a single panel, manufacturers can reduce material waste, minimize set-up time, and optimize equipment utilization, resulting in lower manufacturing costs.
- Increased efficiency. Panelization allows multiple PCBs to be processed simultaneously, reducing processing time and increasing throughput.
- Stable quality. Because PCBs on a panel go through the same manufacturing process, the quality of all boards remains consistent.
- Simplified assembly. Panelized PCBs can be designed to facilitate automated assembly.