PCB Runner understands the money, effort, and resources invested into creating your products. You should protect that investment if printed circuit boards are a necessary component of what you sell.

Although printed circuit boards are made of resilient components, as they seem to be, they are also expertly assembled. A single bump or crash could cause a critical circuit component to come loose. Your product will not function properly if your printed circuit board is broken.

To avoid this, you should talk to your manufacturer about PCB packaging and shipping procedures. Make sure your printed circuit board is adequately safeguarded. After all, not every harm is apparent, yet it still has the potential to reduce output.

Why it is Important to Pay Attention to Safe Shipping?

Being fixated on something like your printed circuit board’s packaging may seem absurd. Ultimately, what’s the big issue if it arrives undamaged and functional?

Think back to the time and work you invested in creating your circuit board. The printed circuit board is safeguarded by the packaging that it is transported in. Additionally, it will make sure it arrives securely. You have, after all, taken a great deal of time to design a circuit board that will operate safely in its intended environment. Protecting your work during shipping can be achieved by taking the time to make sure the packing will keep your printed circuit board safe.

In addition to the obvious risks of dropping and crushing printed circuit boards, other mechanical damage can also happen during shipping. Extreme temperatures can cause boards to deteriorate and solder to creep and crack. Someone who shakes boxes violently to see what’s inside, like myself, could be assigned to handle the parcels.

The same sources of harm you shield PCBs from, but less evident ones, include moisture and electrostatic shock. Any, all, or none of the following types of circuit board damage could occur to your boards during delivery. All that matters is how aggressively I shake the box and how skillfully they’re guarded.

We provide reliable and cost-effective PCB packaging and shipping services

Types of Packaging

Depending on your PCB assembly and what you need to protect against, different packaging is used. Having some background information is beneficial because it’s not always clear from the wrapping alone whether there is protection.

So, it is clear from the analysis that the following are the contributing factors that have a direct impact on PCBs.

Static Shock

Crushing/ Dropping/ Shaking

Temperature

Moisture

Depending upon PCBs need to choose the best practices for Safeguarding PCBs During Shipping.

PCB Runner provides all types of packaging services according to the demand of the customer or according to the need of PCB protection.

1. Anti-static PCB Packaging

Using specialized PCB packing materials is essential to keeping PCBs safe in transport. For example, an anti-static bag is always required for PCBs, whether or not they have a battery, to guard against short circuits and battery damage. Use non-static dividers to keep numerous PCBs apart while packaging them for shipping. By taking this extra precaution, you can lessen the chance that the PCBs will rub against one another and cause scratches or other damage.

1. Anti-static bags:

These can be distinguished from ordinary anti-static bags or dissipative anti-static bags by their shining metallic coating, which frequently has a Ziploc-style closure. These actively guard against charges, making them ideal for long-term storage, shipment, and handling. They are, therefore, also referred to as shielding bags. Consequently, the materials inside are essential for shielding bare components like MOSFETs from external charges and are successfully insulated from them.

2. Pink poly bags:

Pink poly bags typically satisfy MIL-PRF-81705 and other industry standards for electrostatic discharge prevention materials. The distinctive pink color of the bags meant for ESD protection makes them easy to identify and ensures safe handling and application in areas where electrical components are housed.

3. Antistatic Padded Boxes:

Except in cases where the assembly is extremely large, these boxes are rarely utilized. A good example is the network switches, which sometimes have a very large modular connector that extends over the other parts of the board. These boards are significantly better supported by a padded box than by a basic antistatic bag. Customers can also benefit from these since they are reusable and suitable for long-term storage.

4. Conductive anti-static bags:

ESD Warning Stickers: It is standard to apply an ESD warning sticker to a device’s packaging after it has been placed in an antistatic bag. An ESD warning sticker can be used to seal a package containing electronic equipment that has been placed in an antistatic bag and does not require vacuum sealing. Additionally, these stickers come in rolls and in a range of styles.

PCB Runner deals in specialized anti-static packaging per customer demand and requirement.

2. Moisture-proof PCB Packaging

The electronic parts of the PCB may suffer damage from atmospheric moisture in a variety of ways. For instance, a short circuit could occur if a little water drop unintentionally travels across the circuit board’s trace. Alternatively, dampness can cause electronic equipment to corrode the circuit board’s traces.

One of the most frequent reasons that PCBs degrade in outdoor settings is moisture. Although your board will probably be protected from the elements in the field by an appropriate waterproof casing, the boards may still come into contact with moisture during shipping. Moisture can have a detrimental effect on even bare PCB boards. Consider the packaging’s ability to cope with moisture if your PCBs will be traveling by sea over extended periods of time or through humid environments.

  • Sealed moisture barrier bag with a little bag of desiccant:  

PCBs will be separately packaged, most likely with a little packet of desiccant, to keep out moisture in the air. Additionally, typically resistant to punctures, moisture barrier packaging provides your boards with an additional layer of protection.

  • Vacuum sealed:

You can have all the air removed from the packaging surrounding your PCB if you’re using it for a really moisture-sensitive circuit board application. It seems to me like a more organized form of shrink wrap. If you require protection on several fronts, vacuum-sealed ESD packaging is another option.

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 3. Anti-Vibration PCB Packaging

If insufficient anti-vibration packing is used, PCBs may be susceptible to shock or flex damage as a result of possible rough handling during transport. This may cause a PCB to flex or shock. Enough cushioning should be provided to limit movement inside the outer packaging and shield exposed pins and other vulnerable places to avoid that from happening.

The following categories can be used to separate packaging technology:

1. Tissue paper and bubble wrap:

Unless you’re shipping bare PCBs (which just have a rubber band holding them together), this is probably the most basic packaging you’ll see. This is fine for very simple, robust boards, but if you have more sensitive components, you probably want to step it up.

2. Compressed packaging: 

Tough materials should be used to pack fragile things so that any impact or vibration energy can be absorbed and directed toward the strongest component of the contents. When an elastic material is shock-proof, it has the capacity to effectively distribute external force, absorb energy, and safeguard the contents.

3. Floating packaging:  

In essence, it is similar to the compression packaging technique. The elastic material utilized is a small pad that has the ability to move and flow, which makes it different from other materials. This allows it to efficiently fill the gap left by the immediately stressed component and distribute the impact of the contents.

4. Mold box packaging: 

In order to package the products and create the shockproof effect, Pcb manufacturers use the model to create a mold box out of the material that has the same shape as the product. Small, light products are packaged using this strategy most often.

5. Wrap package:

One piece of product is wrapped in several kinds of sheets and placed inside the outermost packaging box.  For the packaging of small items, this technique is used to prevent products from being exposed to intense shock.

When shipping PCBs, PCB Runner complies with client needs and the above-described conditions by employing best practices. You can rely on us to handle your Pcbs from design to shipping with reliable, secure, and timely delivery since we take care to ensure that moisture, temperature, shock, and static charge do not affect them.

We take great care in packaging and ensure that the product will arrive at its destination undamaged and in perfect condition.