Assembly Rails

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Assembly Rails

When using pick and place machines to populate your PCBs you should add assembly rails to the edges of your panel.

The purpose of a frame around the panel is to make sure that if there are any parts that hang over the edges, they have clearance from machinery.

Rails should typically have a width of half an inch or 12.7mm.

In order to save money, you may want just 2 rails instead of 4. In other words you will sometimes want rails on 2 sides instead of rails on all 4 sides.

If you are using only 2 rails then they should be on the long edge of the panel, not the short edge.

You can add optional assembly rails on:

1.Both the left and right side of the array of PCBs and/or

2.Both the top and bottom side of the PCB array.

Below are some examples of using assembly rails.

Single Design Before Panelization



Panel for a PCB arrayed 56 times (8x7) With No Assembly Rails



Top and Bottom Assembly Rails




Left and Right Assembly Rails



Assembly Rails on all 4 Sides