7 PCB SILKSCREEN QUICK TIPS – White paper

Today, it’s hard to imagine a GPS that doesn’t list landmarks, street names, or even exit numbers. Every bit of visual information we can get from map symbols and text makes navigating easier and faster. The same is true for a PCB, yet we often overlook a great opportunity to provide a wealth of information about our PCB’s design on the silkscreen. The information we can, and should, supply on PCB silkscreens should go beyond component outlines, reference designators, and pin 1 indicators.SS_blog_1

In this white paper I’ll describe and display some of the enhancements you can make to your PCB designs’ silkscreens that can add value at both the bare board and assembly levels and from the test bench to the installation.WP_Click

Silkscreen items covered in this paper include:

  1. CONNECTOR ANNOTATIONS
  2. MULTI-LEAD COMPONENT ANNOTATIONS
  3. POLARITY ANNOTATIONS, THOSE PESKY DIODES
  4. PHYSICAL INTERFACE COMPONENT LABELS AND ANNOTATIONS
  5. REFERENCE DESIGNATOR ANNOTATIONS
  6. TEST POINT ANNOTATIONS
  7. DFM ANALYSIS CHECKS FOR SILKSCREEN ANNOTATIONS

I’m looking forward to hearing from you about the different ways that you’ve taken your PCB silkscreens from ordinary to extraordinary!

Thanks for reading,

John

 

 

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4 thoughts about “7 PCB SILKSCREEN QUICK TIPS – White paper
  • My production engineers despise silkscreen. Even with 0.3mm silkscreen to pad rules they say that silkscreen adversely affects stencil gasketing. Do you have an opinion on this?

  • Hi Dave, There certainly is a “tipping point” for when silkscreen should be omitted altogether. In my paper Tip #5, I use smartphones as an especially good example of PCB’s that fall into the IPC-7351 defined environment of “Least” where it is typical to omit the PCB silkscreen altogether. Is this true for your designs based on the available space – or are you opting to omit silkscreens from PCB designs altogether regardless of the designs density?
    Thanks for your comment! John

  • Hello, John, I worked as a product engineer in Viasystems, I know the silkscreen is very important, especially for the pcb assembly. As I know, most of the pcb manufacturer, the silkscreen registration is +/-6mil, the minimum silkscreen line width/space is 5mil, the silkscreen thickness is 0.4~1.5mil, hope that these can make sense for you.

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/electronic-systems-design/2014/11/30/7-pcb-silkscreen-quick-tips-white-paper/