|The Molex Track-it™ traceability pad functions as a printed circuit board (WIP) identifier in high-volume electronic PCB manufacturing. Measuring only 1.80 mm (0.071") x 2.80 mm (0.110"), the Track-it device is a miniature, metal pad, and laser-etched with a unique 2D Data Matrix symbol, commercially available optical scanners easily read the 2D data matrix code.
Over the course of the customer's PCB manufacturing process, the traceability pad is picked and placed alongside other components onto the application PCB and is 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.
The Track-it traceability pad is a cost-effective replacement to the current manual label and barcode systems used by many manufacturers, which are labor intensive. The Track-it traceability pad requires minimal investment from the customer since no laser investment is needed. Additionally, the pads use minimal real estate for use in the smallest of applications.