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If you’re interested in printed circuit board (PCB) design, it is good to know the important details. To give you an idea of what’s involved in PCB design, here are five facts you need to know.
Printed circuit boards don’t require wires to transmit power and data. Instead, PCBs use copper traces which take up far less space than wires. This makes for smaller and thinner boards. However, copper is more expensive than wire materials, so ensure that you factor in this cost when budgeting for your PCB production.
You can customize a PCB to the specifications you want. The only issue with customizing your board is that it can add extra costs and time to your production process. For this reason, many PCB designers use parameters that are pre-specified. Even though pre-specified parameters are used you still get the freedom of defining what your finished product will do.
Technology is ever evolving, and this is especially true for PCB design. If you don’t keep up with the technological advancements involved in PCB design you could find yourself using techniques and materials that are on their way to obsolescence. For instance, biodegradable PCBs will soon be the norm because people are looking for ways to make electronic devices greener. Another innovation being considered is the use of graphene as a new material to use in PCB construction to create smaller and more efficient boards.
To keep up with technology (as mentioned above in #3) you need to be willing to experiment in order to stay afloat in a sea of improvements. When you experiment with new materials and advancing technology you can have a hand in making PCB design faster. The faster the PCB design process is, the more efficient it is, too.
Thirty-one percent of all overall product costs are PCBs, so make sure you keep that in mind when sourcing the components needed to create your board. However, if you are willing to experiment (as mentioned above in #4), you may be able to save time and money. Plus, you may get an overall better product.
If you are tech-savvy, interested in PCB production and take these five facts into consideration, you could find yourself with the right tools to create the perfect board.
Surface mounted technology, often referred to as surface-mount technology or SMT, is perhaps something you have heard of, but you aren’t exactly sure what it is. Rising to prevalence in the 1980s, SMT has become an increasingly popular method for producing electronic circuits. If you are producing printed circuit boards or are looking to have one produced for you, SMT may prove to be the perfect solution.
What is SMT?
Surface mounted technology is a way to produce electronic circuits that involves placing the components involved precisely onto the surface of a printed circuit board (PCB). Devices that are made in this manner are called surface-mount devices (SMD). SMT is now one of the go-to methods for PCB construction, replacing through-hole technology, which fit the board’s components with wire leads directed into the holes. If some of the components cannot handle surface mounting, as with heat-sinked power semiconductors and big transformers, both types of technologies can be used on the same PCB.
What Kind of Devices Are Made with SMT?
SMTs come in three categories which determines the type of device.
Advantages and Disadvantages of SMT
Surface mounted technology comes with many benefits because of the way it is designed and manufactured. Furthermore, SMT uses a lower mass of components that provides better shock and vibration resistance. In general, the advantages of SMT outweigh the disadvantages, which is why it is the preferred method of producing PCBs.
|Advantages of SMT||Disadvantages of SMT|
|Automated production and soldering saves time||Repairing the board can be difficult because of the small component size|
|Reduced cost compared to other PCB production methods||Through-hole construction may be required for large or high-power parts|
|Components can be placed on either side of the board||Components that need to be connected and disconnected frequently can be impossible for SMT|
|Can better handle vibrations, exceptional performance in shaky conditions|
|Components are smaller and denser|
Surface mounted technology is a favourite for printed circuit board producers. For more information about SMT and SMDs, please contact us.
When choosing an electronics manufacturer, you want to pick a company that has a good reputation and can handle the building of your product. To determine which electronics manufacturer will provide the best solutions for your needs, ask the following five questions.
You want to ensure that the company has the certifications necessary to run their system. Ask for documentation as proof that the company meets the necessary requirements to create your product. This also goes for operator certifications. For instance, is their a certified IPC trainer on staff?
A clean, easy to navigate factory is what you’re looking for. Although you may not be in the factory often (or at all) during the creation of your product, you want to make sure that the equipment is up-to-date and that the company is keeping up with new technologies as they emerge.
Transparency is key with any electronics manufacturer. You should be granted the opportunity to check in on your product whenever you feel like it. If the company doesn’t allow pop-ins or allow you to question any part of the manufacturing process, they’re not the right fit for you (or anybody else).
Whether you are making a prototype or looking for an entire product run, you want to know that the company can handle anything and everything that could arise. Furthermore, you want to make sure they have the components and parts necessary to make your product on hand, to ensure that there are no delays in production.
Ask for a list of current and former clients that you can get in touch with. Talking to those who are currently working with the electronics manufacturer, or have in the past, will give you a sense of how they respond to problems, how efficient they are and what their customer service is like. You don’t have to call every single person who has ever set foot in the manufacturer’s factory; two or three references will suffice. If the electronics manufacturer won’t give references, they have something to hide.
If you ask the above questions and get the answers you’re looking for, you’ll find the right electronics manufacturer for your product. Please contact us for more information regarding electronics manufacturing. We can help!