PCB Depaneling Machines

Laser cutting of PCBs is a common method for separating smaller circuits from a larger board array. Replace traditional mechanical routing techniques with a non-contact, high-precision laser depaneling system.

System Overview

Laser depaneling systems are gaining popularity—especially as circuit board complexity and component ratios continue to rise. Our standard CO2 depaneling system configuration features an air-cooled CO2 laser mounted to a computer-controlled XY motion system for precise cutting of PCBs. Using machine vision, board fiducial markings are used for pinpoint laser accuracy. A powerful solution for microelectronics that require close tolerances and minimal debris.

Laser cutting system for PCBs with xy gantry and machine vision
  • Laser cutting source with machine vision for locating board fiducial markings
  • CO2 or UV laser sources available—based on applications lab testing results
  • PCB conveyor capable of carrying boards up to 20″ x 18″ in size
  • Automatic board entrance/exit slots with safety interlocks
  • Systems configured for standalone operation or SMT line integration
  • Welded steel frame with aluminum paneling for long-lasting industrial use
  • CDRH Class 1 laser workstation with emergency stop push button
  • Ergonomic arm with 19” monitor, keyboard, and mouse or touchscreen display
  • CMS LaserGraf5 software with Windows® 10 64-bit operating system

*Overall system design and size will vary based on customer requirements and applications lab testing results prior to purchase

The Technology

Depaneling Circuit Boards

Separate printed circuit board arrays using a CO2 laser. This method produces zero mechanical stress on the board and surrounding components.

Board Flippers & Stackers

Internal or external board flippers and external board stackers/destackers. This allows the laser to cut both sides of the board.

Machine Vision

Off-axis camera systems recognize board fiducials for aligning the laser cutting path. This ensures every cut is precisely where it needs to be.

In-line or Standalone Operation

Our engineers can design a system that meets your manufacturing goals. Whether you need an in-line conveyor or robot integration, we’ll build the system.

Other Systems

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Working with Control Micro Systems has been very easy. They have been attentive to our needs and worked to help us tremendously with our older model machine and new machines. We are pleased with the performance of their machines.

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Working with the entire Control Micro Systems team on our project was a pleasure. CMS was capable of meeting and exceeding our goals. They successfully designed and built a machine which increased our throughput by 550%! We are so glad we chose to move forward with CMS.

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CMS have been excellent partners in the development of new, complex equipment for our business. CMS built multiple machines for us. Each machine had a different purpose, however the CMS team worked openly & honestly with us to agree on optimal solutions for each one.

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