Our quality guarantee
Our commitment to excellence is at the heart of everything we do at PCB Online s.r.l. Quality is not something that is inspected into your PCB. We build it into your boards from the moment you open the price calculator. Our smart menus guide you towards optimum manufacturability. We back the quality of your data by preparing the right tooling, using the right equipment, buying in the right materials, designing and implementing the right processing, and hiring and training the right operators. Operator training is critical. It is the duty of every operator to check the boards as they go through their process, and we make sure that they have the training and the expertise. We use these to make sure that our processes are running correctly. These steps give you the added re-assurance that the board you receive is correct to your design and will perform correctly over the lifetime of your product.
We inspect all boards to IPC-A-600 Class 2 This is the standard used for most PCB, and is the standard most often specified by our customers. The IPC, or Institute for Printed Circuit Boards, is “a global trade association representing all facets of the industry including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly.” The IPC-A-600 standard “describes the preferred, acceptable and non-conforming conditions that are either externally or internally observable on printed boards”. It divides PCB into 3 product classes. Class 2 includes “products where continued performance and extended life is required, and for which uninterrupted service is desired but not critical.” Class 3 (where uninterrupted service is critical) is used for aerospace, defence and medical applications.
For each sample control, the number of samples to be tested is determined by our quality department. This number is based on order format and more than 20 years of manufacturing experience.
We use the standard PCB Online tolerances unless the customer has requested special tolerances. For non-standard tolerances, you can make a request through SPECIAL QUOTE request.
Microsectioning or cross-section analysis is a destructive sample testing procedure, used throughout the PCB fabrication industry. We make regular microsections each day, as they allow us to see inside the PCB and make precise measurements to check our production processes and to confirm the quality of the finished PCBs.
We use microsectioning to check the quality of:
- PCB base material
- inner structure of multilayer boards
- plating in plated-through holes
- thickness and registration of external and internal conductors
- connection between the layers
- soldermask cover
- surface finish thickness
Please note: Customers are responsible both for carefully reviewing their online order details, and for submitting the correct board files to PCB Online s.r.l. for manufacture.
PCB Online s.r.l. is not responsible for boards that fail to function due to engineering and/or design flaws contained in customer-submitted files.
If you have any questions about PCB Online s.r.l and / or our products and services, please feel free to contact us at any time.