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Track Components During Manufacturing with Custom PCB Labels

Posted by Sue Chambers Jan 30, 2018 9:15:00 AM

For years, manufacturers have been forced to do more with less. Emerging market growth has created an increased demand for resources and manufacturers have experienced these pressures and the effects in their operations and bottom line. One way organizations are adapting to these changes is by optimizing their inventory. Tracking materials in and finished goods out is no longer good enough. To truly understand inventory levels and discover opportunities to become more efficient, organizations are utilizing automated component tracking systems.

Automated tracking systems enable end to end traceability of individual components. This level of tracking can:

  • Improve assembly line performance
  • Help quality teams identify defects in products during the manufacturing process
  • Improve the overall quality of products
  • Increase production yields
  • Reduce rework
  • Lower manufacturing costs

While the benefits are clear, automated component tracking has its challenges.

In order to track components, labels need to be readable by automated tracking machines. High quality printing is important, but as printed circuit boards and other components are getting smaller in size, it’s becoming increasingly more important for manufacturers to work with an experienced converter that specializes in printing and tight tolerance die cutting. If your machines are unable to read or register your components at each point throughout your tracking process, the data becomes skewed and unreliable, making it difficult to uncover inefficiencies.

Not only is the quality of the label important, but so is considering how the labels are applied to each individual component. Experienced converters like Strouse can provide printed labels for component tracking in custom sizes, shapes, and formats. Tabs and extended liners can be added to the labels to simplify application and/or removal.

And as these components are utilized during the manufacturing process, they’re often exposed to wave soldering and high temperatures which can compromise the readability of the tracking labels. It’s important to discuss your manufacturing process with your converter so that they can help you identify the ideal materials to work with for your labeling needs.

Strouse partners with leading adhesive manufacturers, including FLEXcon who specializes in high temperature labeling often required in component tracking for printed circuit boards and product manufacturing.

Some of FLEXcon's PCB Label Materials include:

FLEXcon THERMLfilm HT PI2W50G

  • 2 mil polyimide film

FLEXcon THERMLfilm HT PI2W150G

  • 2 mil polyimide film

THERMLfilm HT 9003

  • 1 mil polyimide film

THERMLfilm HT 9000

  • 2 mil polyimide film

THERMLfilm HT 9001

  • 2 mil polyimide film

THERMLfilm HT 9002

  • 1 mil polyimide film

FLEXcon THERMLfilm HT PI1W50K

  • 1 mil polyimide film

FLEXcon THERMLfilm HT PI1W150P

  • 1 mil polyimide film

FLEXcon THERMLfilm HT PI1W50G

  • 1 mil polyimide film

FLEXcon THERMLfilm HT PI2W50K

  • 2 mil polyimide film

Converting at Strouse

Strouse is a leading converter of flexible materials and pressure sensitive adhesives with over 25 years of industry experience. We convert these materials to custom lengths, widths, sizes, shapes, and formats to turn a roll of raw material into a usable part or component that enhances product performance and make processes more efficient.

Custom format labels:
  • Rolls
    • Custom cut labels can be provided on a roll of liner allowing for hundreds or thousands of labels to fit on a single roll. This simplifies the application of labels as they can be peeled and placed from the roll or applied using automated machinery.

  • Individual labels
    • Labels can be cut to individual pieces on their carrier liner and are provided as individual labels that can be placed inside a bag.
  • Tabs
    • Labels are either designed for hand or automated placement, but sometimes removing the backing from an adhesive label can be difficult. Strouse simplifies this process by adding a tab to the label or extended liners that make it easy to remove the liner and place the label. Liners can also be split backed saving your assembly team or end user the frustration of removing thin liners while saving you time and money in the process.
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Sue Chambers

Written by Sue Chambers

President and CEO of Strouse