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Traceability pad enables full product identification in automated PCB assembly lines

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The track-it system is particularly well-suited for use in the medical industry, where stringent traceability requirements apply. It is also suitable for any SMT PCB assembly where space is limited and traceability is required, including high temperature ceramic PCB assemblies. Measuring only 1.80×2.80mm, the track-it device is a miniature metal pad, laser-etched with a unique 2D Data Matrix symbol that can be easily read by most commercially available optical scanners. These devices are available packaged on tape and reel for automated pick-and-place assembly on standard chip shooters in high-speed SMT lines. During the assembly process, the Molex track-it pad is placed alongside other components onto the application PCB and solder reflowed. Each PCB thereby gains a unique identification, allowing the traceability data of all other components contained on the populated PCB to be logged against a unique traceability code number. The PCB identifier can then be incorporated into the identification of the final assembled device.

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