Dennis, Bob, Michael,
   first off, Dennis you have hit it right on the head. First of all we need
to control where our tabs are located, the shop can't guess this. Secondly,
the shops are great at panelizing single boards into one panel with step and
repeat, we don't even attempt to do this.
   My last panel was made up of not less then 21 different board designs.
Most of the boards we did 2 of each but some there were 3 or 4 of each. By
the time we document all of the crap about how to panelize the boards we
could have panelized it twice ourselves. Then we know it is right and we
don't worry about what the fabricator is going to send.
  I am not arguing with anybody about panelizing production designs for mass
fabrication or assembly. I am stating that it is sometimes more efficient
and expedient to panelize ourselves and not worry until the day that the
boards arrive, over whether or not we got what we needed.
  I would also like to meet the quick-turn proto fabricator who would not
charge extra for panelizing 21 different boards with strict requirements,
not impacting turn-around or price.

Brad Velander
Lead PCB Designer
Norsat International Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Saputelli
To: Protel EDA Forum
Sent: 15/12/2001 9:31 AM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Merging boards

it really isn't that simple, at least for us
we can almost never let the bd shop panelize because it just won't come
out the way we want

in the case of a repeated rectangular array of bds with nothing hanging
over the edges, sure maybe

<SNIP>
these kind of details make it tough
Dennis Saputelli

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