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How to Solve the Defects of PCB Lamination Technology

2023/11/17 19:34:33

In the PCB manufacturing process, the lamination technology is the most important step. Some quality defects may occur during this process, which will affect the quality of the final PCB product. So what causes the defects? How do we solve these defects?



1. After the lamination of multi-layer boards is completed, if chronic misalignment occurs, it is not in the board material parts of the inner layer boards.

Reason 1: The positioning pin is too short and the position is inaccurate.

Solution: Use longer plugs instead.



Reason 2: The small size of the positioning pin causes looseness with the positioning hole of the base material.

Solution: ①Replace with new pins. ②Trim the problematic positioning pin.



Reason 3: Regarding the position of the tooling hole, the circular shape of the inner film has been aliased.


First put the inner films together, then check their upper and lower alignment, and replace the misaligned inner films.

Strengthen on-the-job training for relevant operators.



Reason 4: The tooling holes of each inner layer board cannot be aligned and passed through, and the stacked template cannot be aligned.

Solution: Redo the tooling holes of the inner boards.



Reason 5: The tooling hole of the inner thin board is torn or deformed.

Solution: Before etching, additional copper surface for stiffener should be reserved around the tooling hole to reduce hole shape variation.



Reason 6: The high pressure exerted at high temperature causes the inner thin board to deform.


Recheck the pressure intensity used. It is necessary to find multiple appropriate values according to the size and thickness of the board, rather than using only a single data.

Pay attention to whether the numerical surface pressure is correct and whether the press operation is standardized.

Use a lower pressure intensity for the thin board without affecting the glue flow of the prepreg.

Use a tool tip with a thicker diameter instead.

Check the parallelism and flatness of the upper and lower hot pads.



2. Dimples and depressions appear on the outer copper surface after lamination.

Reason 1: Poor lamination and lamination environment.


Lamination work should be performed in a cleanroom environment.

The inner layer board and prepreg must undergo antistatic treatment to reduce the adsorption of dust and debris.

Wipe the surface of the steel plate with an anti-static dust-removing cloth.



Reason 2: Defects appears on the surface of the steel plate


Wipe the surface of the steel plate regularly with an anti-static dust-removing cloth.

Hold the steel plate carefully to prevent surface damage.

Do not use steel plates with serious surface defects.



3. Glue spots appear on the outer copper surface after lamination.

Reason: The resin falls off from the loose edges of the prepreg during lamination, causing surface contamination of the copper surface.


Lamination work must be carried out in a cleanroom.

②Cutting of prepreg and punching of tool holes must be done at points outside the dust-free lamination area.

③Use a heat gun to quickly hot melt the cut prepreg around the edges to prevent the prepreg from falling off.



4. The whole batch of finished boards are of different thickness

Reason 1: A mix of prepregs from different brands was used.


For multi-layer board materials with strict thickness tolerance requirements, be sure not to mix prepregs of different brands.

Avoid using prepregs from different sources in a single board.

Narrow the tolerance range of prepreg size.



Reason 2: The lamination process is not stable enough.


Optimize and standardize the lamination process.

Strengthen on-the-job training.



5. Irregular and locally thicker differences appear on the board surface after pressing

Reason 1: The prepreg has too much glue content, and irregular thick spots and even holes often appear in the copper-free areas with low inner flow.

Solution: Some non-functional copper can be deliberately left in the large area of bare board in the inner layer as a buffer to make the pressure uniform.



Reason 2: The fiberglass cloth on the inner copper surface is too thick or the glue flow is insufficient, which not only causes local thickening, but may also cause white spots.


It can be replaced by PP with high glue content.

Remove the non-functional residual copper surface as much as possible to avoid the board surface being too thick.



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