DIP Sockets and a More Manageable Manufacturing Process

Sockets for through-hole parts (specifically DIP components) tend to cause issues with sending manufacturing data to an assembler for PCBs. Usually a note or an assembly document is added to the manufacturing data which has the part number of the socket and which part the socket is for. This is not a convenient process for either the designer of the board or the manufacture and adds more complexity to what should be a simple process.

By simply adding another line to our BoM spreadsheet, a person will need to review the process, set instructions, and ensure that clear indications are given to assembly technicians on how to assemble the combination.

DIP socket example

DIP sockets have the potential to cause assembly issues.

In a perfect world, we’d want to generate the information about the socket placement directly from our EDA tool, so that we can generate both placement data (XYRS) and Bill of Materials data automatically without having to manage two different sources. A simple way to achieve this is to stack two parts in our EDA tool.

Of course, stacking pads in EDA often results in a DRC error. So, instead, we just need to create a new part that was a part without pads, text will suffice. This can be done in most EDA tools but the images below were taken from Eagle.

Here's a fix for DIP Socket data errors
socket part layout

This “part” should go in the same spot on the PCB as the DIP package part. When the manufacturing data is produced the socket will be added to the Bill of Materials and will have a corresponding entry in the XYRS data specifying where to place the socket. At MacroFab, we will identify the stacked components automatically and prepare machine or assembly instructions appropriately.

Example of how information shows up.


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