Check rules of stiffener.

Components disposed on FPCB use the reinforcement plate, stiffener, in order to compensate for the thickness of the component or to protect the component as safe in SMT process.

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  • Stiffener Layer Definition: Define stiffener layer for the top and bottom.
    • Stiffener Top Layer: Select stiffener top layer from the layer list.
    • Stiffener Bottom Layer: Select stiffener bottom layer from the layer list.
  • Target Component Definition: Define target components.
    • Component Selection: Select target components from the component group list.
    • Exclude Components from Board’s Outline within given Distance: Exclude components, placed near board outline. To select void –checking component, set the distance between the component and board outline.
  • Checking
    • Clearance between Component Stiffener and Component’s Pad: Check the clearance between the component stiffener and the component pads.

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      • Additional Void-Checking Component Selection: Add a new additional void-checking component group by selecting a component group from the list.
    • Clearance between Other Component Stiffener and Component’s Pad: Check the clearance between the other component stiffener and component pads.
    • Stiffener Existence at reverse Side of Target Component: Certain components must have stiffener on the other side. Check the existence of stiffener on the reverse side of target components.
    • Check Stiffener’s Rounding in Corners: Check whether stiffener corners are rounding. To check the sharp angle, use the radius in the corner.

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      • Minimum Radius for Stiffener’s Angle: Set the minimum radius values.
    • Minimum Overlapping Width between Top and Bottom Stiffener: If there are top and bottom stiffeners in the same area, check the overlapping width.

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    • Checking for stiffener overlapping with component on same side: Option to check whether the component is designed to overlap with the Stiffener placement area.
      • Except component Group: Select a component group to exclude from checking.
    • Clearance between stiffener edge and via: Clearance checking between stiffener and via.
    • Check Uniform Pattern in both Side from Stiffener’s Edge: The stiffener boundary is likely to be folded or bent due to the nature of the FPCB. The possibility of breaking the routing increases if the width of the routing becomes narrow or the angle of routing is changed. This option extends the checking area from the outside of the stiffener by the entered value.
      • Width: Check whether the width of the routing is changed in the checking area.
      • Angle: Check whether the routing is bent in the checking area.
    • Check Existence of String for Stiffener’s Thickness: Check if there is text string, denoting the thickness of a stiffener in the stiffener area. The string should be matched with given thickness value.

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      • Define Top Placed Stiffener’s Thickness: Set the top stiffener thickness value.
      • Define Bottom Placed Stiffener’s Thickness: Set the bottom stiffener thickness value.
    • Gas Hole Stiffener: If there are gas-holes under components, you can make rules for gas holes.

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      • Gas Hole Layer Selection: Define the gas-hole layer by selecting a layer from the layer list.
      • Minimum Gas Hole Size: Set minimum gas hole size.
      • Check Existence of Gas Hole in Stiffener: Check if there are gas holes in stiffener area.
      • Clearance between Gas Hole and Stiffener: Set the clearance value between gas hole and stiffener.