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Beyond Convention Routing?

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Beyond Convention Routing? | 14 April, 2006

Looking into options besides routing for a .032" thick board with components located near edges. Has anyone ever tried water jet cutting or other technologies for a high volume, high mix environment.

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Beyond Convention Routing? | 17 April, 2006

Have you considered singulation? It uses a press and a peculiar die to seperate the useful cicuit from the panel. Suppliers include: * Wand 847-459-2400 F2421 * Circuit Technology 708-705-2140 f2141 John Bambule * Pioneer - Dietecs 781-682-7900 F0338 Gerry Larson

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Beyond Convention Routing? | 3 May, 2006

I have implemented water jet into production for very high volumes (8M/mo). High mix is no problem. 707-750-1044

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Beyond Convention Routing? | 4 May, 2006

Hi Mike,

What piece of equipment do you use? I've never heard of using a water jet to route PC boards before, but would like to do some investigating before I buy another traditional router. And why only high volumes?

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Beyond Convention Routing? | 4 May, 2006

For everything you wanted to know about waterjeting, look here: Goto page 9 of the 'picture pages' for some chopped-up circuit boards.

There is at least 70 equipment suppliers out there. So, having someone that has cut through [so to speak] the dross would definitly be useful.

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Beyond Convention Routing? | 5 May, 2006

Thanks davef, but having worked in the metal industry for years, I was wondering how someone would actually use a water jet to cut PCBs? I know it can cut them, but all water jets use an abrasive in the water. So, this would seem a rather "dirty" process to cut populated PCBs. That's why I was asking Mike since it seems he already implemented the process.

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