I'm currently in the process of designing a new board that is to be mass produced (>1k production run) and I was wondering if anyone out there had some good information and or advice that they could share with me. No doubt the precautions I take now will save me much future heartache.
Any Web Links, Books, etc would be greatly appreciated.
Issues that I need to understand more are the costs involved with using a mixed board (SMT and TH components - ie extra time taken to hand solder Through hole components), dealing with component clearances when Pick and place machines are being used, etc.
My board is a stand alone controller so it has some bigish 5mm pitch screw down terminals (TH), and a handful of through hole (TH) chokes. I need to keep these components through hole.
I can see it is going to be a fairly lengthy learning process but its a bridge i just have to cross.
(the board I'm designing is relatively simple, 40 components or so, double sided using pth technology)
Look foward to some replies. I figure this thread should be useful not just for me but for the wider AVRfreaks community.