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When it comes to the designing and the manufacturing of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), the 2 Layer PCB is one of the options you can use.

The 2 Layer PCB is a type of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) that provides flexible accommodation of electrical components on the board. The 2 Layer PCB also helps to keep the board organized by striking the needed connection directly from the top layer to the bottom layer. It also provides enough space for the conductor patterns.

What Is the 2 Layer PCB?

The 2 Layer PCB is a type of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) that has only two layers. We would also like to mention that although the 2 Layer PCB has more layers than the Single-Sided PCB (One Layer PCB), it doesn’t have more layers than the Multilayer PCB, which is where the 4 Layer PCB and the others fall into.

Second, the mass of the 2 Layer PCB makes it easier to have more layouts and surface for traces. Hence, the things that may not have been achieved in the Single-Sided PCB for want of space can be accomplished when using the 2 Layer PCB.

Third, the 2 Layer PCB provides more surface areas, which are ideal for housing the conductor pattern.

The fourth and most important point is that the 2 Layer PCB can be used in terms of mounting conductive copper and components on both sides of the PCB being worked on. The importance of this is that traces can cross over each other.

Stack Up of the 2 Layer PCB

The 2 Layer PCB has a simplified stack up. This stack-up does not only make the task of layering it easier. It also helps to facilitate the completion of the design in good time.

So, what is the “special” stack up process that is being used on the 2 Layer PCB?

2 Layer PCB uses a Dual-Stack Up. This means that it only makes use of the primary components or layers, which are the Top Layer and the Bottom Layer.

Do I Need to Use a Ground Plane on Your 2 Layer PCB?

There are some consistent questions, which are being asked about the possibility of using Ground Planes on the 2 Layer PCB. Is it advised to use it?

We have looked at the potentiality of using the Ground Plane in your 2 Layer PCB, and came up with the submissions below:

  • The Space Determines

Space or “real estate” you have available on your 2 Layer PCB should determine if you will integrate the Ground Plane.

Because there tends to be limited space on the 2 Layer PCB following the non-routing of signals through the internal signal layers, you may not have enough space left.

In this case, it is advised that you look for some space (if any) where the Ground Plane can be placed on the Printed Circuit Board (PCB).

Have in mind that if you are to mount or place the Ground Plane on your 2 Layer PCB, it has to be on one layer alone. So, you have to decide whether to place it on the Top Layer or the Bottom Layer.

Going by the name, it may ideal to place the Ground Plane on the Bottom Layer of your 2 Layer PCB.

  • The Ground Plane Prevents Radiation

If you were successful at finding a space on the PCB for the Ground Plane, the next step is to start using it.

Ideally, one of the major advantages of having the Ground Plane on your 2 Layer PCB is that it helps to prevent radiation. It does this by providing some level of protection that tends to come from the EMI radiations.

  • Placing the Ground Plane Close to Signal Traces

You can also take the placement of the Ground Plane to another level. This time, you are looking at placing it close to the signal traces.

If you do that, you can be sure that there will be limited EMI susceptibility and minimal inductances in the loop. This is bolstered by the fact that the return signals will have to closely follow the traces.

  • Gridding

If you are not familiar with or you don’t want to use the placement of the Ground Plane to the Bottom Layer, you can use another option. This option is called “Gridding.”

It simply means that the Power and the Ground Traces can be routed in a way that they will not be interfering with each other’s operations.

Considering that this can give way to increase in noise, you have to do something about it. One of the things you can do here is to fill the empty spaces with Ground Pour.

How Does the 2 Layer PCB Work?

There isn’t much to the 2 Layer PCB. It only needs to be placed in the right way to work accurately.

We must also mention that the 2 Layer PCB can function better if it is used alongside the microstrip traces and the ground planes.

If those are in place, the functionality of the 2 Layer PCB will be higher because there are little or no propagation delays to prevent it from working accurately.

The Design of the 2 Layer PCB

The 2 Layer PCB has a definite design. There are two angles to its design, and those have been discussed below.

  • Vias’ Use

As you may have known, Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) make use of vias for connectivity. This also becomes one of the strongest points of the 2 Layer PCB.

Here, the vias are primarily used to create the needed electrical connections. It is those connections that would, in turn, be used to route the traces until they get to the other side of the board.

  • More Surface Area

The 2 Layer PCB is two times larger than the 2 Layer PCB. That means it has more spaces for additional components to be added.

To that end, the more surface area that is there provides just enough space for the inclusion of a conductor pattern.

2 Layer PCB vs. 4 Layer PCB

As earlier mentioned, the 2 Layer PCB is only one out of the many types of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). It comes after the Single-Sided PCBs, and after it, there is the Multilayer PCBs.

Most times, the 2 Layer PCB has been compared to the 4 Layer PCB, which happens to fall under the category of the Multilayer PCBs. The comparison is quite understandable considering that both types of PCBs (the 2 Layer PCB and the 4 Layer PCBs) have something in common.

From the use of the top and the bottom layers to the medium of connections, the 2 Layer PCB and the 4 Layer PCB are often compared.

Despite the comparison, some factors still come into play to distinguish the 2 Layer PCB from the 4 Layer PCB.

How to Choose Your 2 Layer PCB

So, you are intent on designing your first 2 Layer PCB. That is a commendable move.

However, we want you to know some things before you proceed. These factors will help you in making a decision on how to select or choose your next 2 Layer PCB.

Here are the things you need to put into consideration:

  • Lead Time

The Lead Time is similar to “how fast” the 2 Layer PCB can be designed. It might interest you to know that 2 Layer PCBs have one of the fastest Lead Times. Ideally, the board can be shipped within 24 hours (1 day) from the time of receipt.

  • Level of Functionality

The 2 Layer PCB is between simplicity and complexity. If you can perfectly design One Layer (Single-Sided PCB), you may not have some trouble with the 2 Layer PCB.

Nonetheless, you may enlist the services of a PCB manufacturer to help you with the project.

Aside from that, you have to consider the functionality of the 2 Layer PCB. If it is more complex, you may have to start considering using the 4 Layer PCB.

  • Budget/Cost

The cost has always been an influential factor in the selection of 2 Layer PCB. For good reasons, you can leverage this.

This is because the 2 Layer PCB doesn’t dip many holes in your pocket the way the 4 Layer PCB does.

Therefore, if you are looking at getting your Printed Circuit Board (PCB) done without breaking the bank, the 2 Layer PCB is your sure bet.

  • Dimension/Size

What is the size or the maximum dimension you expect of your Printed Circuit Board (PCB)?

Ideally, the 2 Layer PCB has a maximum board size/dimension of 650x520mm. So, if your expectation is above that, you want to consider the 4 Layer PCB with a maximum dimension of 650x500mm.

Wrapping Up

The 2 Layer PCB proves to be one of the cost-effective, flexible, spacious (than the Single-Sided PCB), and a PCB with one of the fastest lead time.

You want to make use of a PCB manufacturer that has many years of experience working at the 2 Layer PCB because that is a guarantee that your project is in safe hands.

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PCB Fab and Assembly https://swimbi.com/pcb-fab-and-assembly/ Tue, 02 Jun 2020 06:18:00 +0000 https://swimbi.com/?p=231 A lot of work goes into the fabrication and the assembly of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). For people who may ...

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A lot of work goes into the fabrication and the assembly of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). For people who may not be conversant with how the two processes work, we have put together some helpful tips to help you in understanding how each of these important PCB techniques works.

PCB Fab and Assembly

What Is PCB Fabrication?

It is important to explain each of these PCB processes so that you will understand how they work. The first is the PCB Fab.

What is PCB Fab? PCB Fab, which is the short form of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Fabrication, is a specific method of assembling the components and the properties of a Printed Circuit Board (PCB).

This assembly is specifically for the manufacturing of PCBs, which are mainly used in computer and electronic devices.

Ideally, the layers of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) will be put together alongside the surface pattern. This will later be used in the manufacturing of electronics.

Important Steps in PCB Fabrication

The fabrication of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) doesn’t come easy. Many processes and steps have to be taken before you can successfully get it done.

We understand the importance of mastering these processes, as they are beneficial when you want to produce reliable Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

Read on to find out the various steps in this ultimate guide to PCB Fabrication.

  1. PCB Layout

The design or the layout of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) should be paramount. It is only when you have a general outlook (layout) of the boards that you can be able to proceed with the fabrication.

In this case, you are looking at connecting the different elements, as well as widening the routes, and placing vias on the different sizes that they match.

There are more things to the fabrication of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). We have explained those below.

  • Software Selection

The software plays an important role in the outcome of the PCB design. With many software versions out there, you may not be sure of the one to use.

We advise that you stick to the primary software that is common in the PCB industry. These are the Eagle, Altium Designer, KiCad, OrCAD, and Pads.

  • Gerber Files

Many PCB manufacturers allow you to upload your Gerber Files. These files are the expected outcomes you want to have at the end of the PCB fabrication and assembly. With that in mind, the PCB manufacturer will set about the task of working to meet up with your expectations.

Having said that, we also need to consider other important aspects of the Gerber Files. The Gerber files have specific information and requirements that must be met.

This ranges from the Component Notations, the Copper Tracking Layers, the Apertures, and the Drill Drawing.

Aside from those, here are the other necessary files that need to be in place before a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) can be manufactured.

  • Paste layers
  • Solder mask
  • One or more fabrication drawings
  • An accurate outline that shows the slots and cutouts on the PCBs
  • A drill file (with the Excellon format ASCII) should be used for each cycle.
  • Tool codes for the drill files

 

  • Review

 

The Gerber files and other related documents will be sent to the PCB manufacturer through the dedicated channel. It could be posting it to the manufacturer’s office or uploading the Gerber files on the PCB manufacturer’s website.

Once the manufacturer acknowledges receipt of the Gerber files, the next step would be to submit the same to the engineer for review.

This pre-production engineering process helps in the discovery of likely missing documents and helps in running the necessary checks. The accurate quotation will also be given during this process.

At the end of it all, the quotation will be released and if you are okay with it, the production phase will be initiated.

PCB Fab and Assembly

  1. Pre-Production

Before the actual production of the PCB, some steps need to be taken.

First, cutting and lamination will be done. This will be centred on the size of the panel or the size of the finished board.

Second, the board will be dried. The aim is to prevent the board from warping during the production phase. It also helps to remove the moisture on the Printed Circuit Board (PCB).

Ideally, the drying process will be done for 4 hours at a temperature of 150 degrees centigrade.

 

  1. Inner Layer Imaging

The inner layer of the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) will pass through the imaging phase.

Here, a dry film (Inner Film) will be applied to the visible copper core board. Also, the necessary photo imaged reactions will be carried out on the dry film.

The next step is the Inner Exposure, where the core plate will be allowed to dry.

The third step here is to develop the inner layer (Inner Layer Development). In this case, the unexposed dry film will be developed to the point that the original copper skin is revealed. The exposed dry film will also be retained. On the other hand, the exposed core plate of the PCB will be developed too.

 

  1. Etching the Inner Layer

The inner layer of the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) will also be etched. In the course of etching the line, there will be a protection of the copper skin that is covered by the dry film.

On the other hand, the copper skin, which has not been protected by the dry film, will be etched away.

Besides, if there is a need to retain any of the line patterns, such would be retained after it must have been displayed by the etching process.

If the line pattern must be fully retained, the dry film of the copper sheet on the main board must be treated.

 

  1. Automatic Optical Inspection

Here, the Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI) will be carried out on the inner layer of the Printed Circuit Board (PCB).

The aim of running the Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI) is to check the reliability of the etching. Here, the concentration is on finding out if the etching was clean or not. It also checks if the core plate of the PCB has an open or a short circuit after etching.

 

  1. Lamination

The lamination process has to do with the pressing of one board via the insulating medium called the “PP.”

  1. Drilling

The drilling process entails laminating the plate of the PCB. Because there is no metal on the hole of the board, the layers may not be connected.

  1. Hole Coating

A hole will be coated on the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) via a process called “Electroless Copper Deposition.”

This will be done via a chemical reaction and will require about 3um of very thin layered copper.

  1. Hole Thickening

The hole on the PCB will be thickened to 8um using the electron transfer reaction. It is important to mention that this will be actualized by using horizontal electrolytic plating on the copper in the hole and on the copper in the bare plate.

  1. Imaging the Outer Layer

The outer layer of the PCB will be imaged. Among the many processes involved here is the performing of photo imaged reactions on the dry film, the drilling of holes on the plate, as well as the application of the dry film to protect the hole on the plate.

The outer layer will also be exposed and later developed by etching the copper on the dry film.

  1. Graphic Plating

The copper that needs to be retained at the end/the bare copper will be thickened through the thick copper plating and the tin plating processes.

  1. Etching the Outer Layer

The outer layer of the copper will be etched by retaining the copper protecting the tin.

Also, the tin protecting the copper will be removed.

  1. Masking and Silkscreen

The entire panel of the PCB will be coated with the solder mask. After it must have been exposed to high-density UV light, the panel will not be susceptible to corrosion and oxidation.

The Silkscreen process will then come next. Here, the important information of the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) will be printed on it.

  1. Surface Finish

The Printed Circuit Board (PCB) will finally be passed onto the surface finishing and the coating processes.

The idea here is that the PCB will have better soldering and will have the surface protected.

  1. Profiling and Testing

The Printed Circuit Board (PCB) will be checked thoroughly for possible corrections. If none was found, it will be tested electrically to ensure that the board functions as expected.

  1. Final Inspection

There will be a Final Visual Inspection, where the quality control experts will inspect the PCB.

Some of the areas of inspection are:

  • Warpage requirement
  • Visual inspection
  • Aperture hole number measurement
  • Product size inspection

If the PCB scaled or passed the inspection, it will be designed a test report that shows the outcome of the inspection.

Wrapping Up

Once the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) has been confirmed to comply with the industry standards (and after it must have passed the tests), it will be packaged and delivered to the buyers.

We believe that you have now understood the basic processes involved in PCB Fabrication and Assembly.

When you are ready to go ahead with your PCB design, do well to look for the best PCB manufacturers who will offer you the best service.

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SMT PCB Assembly https://swimbi.com/smt-pcb-assembly/ Wed, 27 May 2020 05:55:18 +0000 https://swimbi.com/?p=221 The production of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) comes in different forms. From the SMT PCB Assembly to the use of ...

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The production of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) comes in different forms. From the SMT PCB Assembly to the use of the Flexible PCB variant, there are many options out there.

For good reasons too, many PCB buyers are always looking out for the SMT PCB Assembly. The interest in this is not unconnected to the many impressive qualities that SMT PCB Assembly has to offer.

SMT PCB Assembly

That is why we have taken time to look at all there is to the SMT PCB Assembly. In this article, you will find answers to those questions you have been meaning to ask about SMT PCB Assembly.

What Is SMT PCB Assembly?

The first thing is to figure out what SMT PCB Assembly means. With that in mind, you will not have challenges in unravelling the other important aspects of this innovative method of assembling Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

Surface Mount Technology (SMT) is a dedicated method of producing electrical circuits. It is actualized by placing the relevant components directly on the surface of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

Once the components have been placed, the production phase will continue. The Surface Mount Device (SMD) is an example of a device that can be made by the process of the SMT PCB Assembly.

Important Points to Know About SMT

There is some confusion about the overall implications of the SMT PCB Assembly. That is why we have made some bullet points you need to know about it.

Here are some of them:

  • SMT Is Different from SMD

Some people confuse Surface Mount Device (SMD) to be Surface Mount Technology (SMT). That is wrong.

One is the head and the other is the body.

Ideally, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) is meant to be the “head” because it is the primary component. This is the technology that enables the development of every Surface-based device.

On the other hand, the Surface Mount Device (SMD) is the derivative or the finished product that was made via the Surface Mount Technology (SMT).

  • SMDs Can Be Mounted on PCBs

From another perspective, Surface Mount Devices (SMDs) can be mounted on the surface of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

This is bolstered by the fact that the mounting can be achieved by deploying some techniques, as well as putting some materials in place. After that, the SMDs will be soldered, cleaned, and tested to ensure they are ready for the PCB Assembly.

  • SMT Replaced Through-Hole

Before the advent of the Surface Mount Technology (SMT), the Through-Hole Technology held sway. It was after the industry players opted to find an alternative that SMT was considered.

SMT is considered a better alternative because it delivered consistent results. Because Surface Mount Technology (SMT) has to do with the soldering of elements, it made it easier to reduce the hassles associated with driving the leads through the components of the PCB.

Besides, the components of the Surface Mount Technology (SMT) are considered smaller because they have smaller or no leads to be driven through the PCB.

SMT Procedure

Here, we will be looking at the procedures or processes of manufacturing Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) using the Surface Mount Technology (SMT).

These procedures have been detailed alphabetically so you can have a good idea of the first step to take and the last thing to do when considering SMT PCB Assembly.

  1. Component Replacement

The replacement of components is the first step that should be considered in the SMT PCB Assembly.

In as much as it can be easy as mounting the components on the Printed Circuit Boards, it can be complex too.

The first basic step to take is to ensure that the designing process is free of errors. The reason is that an error-filled SMT PCB Assembly designing process can mar the success of the project.

When the designer gets to work, the primary focus is to ensure that the positions of the components are carefully considered so they do not affect the outcome of the production phase.

Also, it is advised that the designing of the components should commence from simple structures. The idea is that by designing the simpler parts, the SMT designer can then progress upwards to design the complex parts.

  1. SMT Printing

It is time to print the Surface Mount Devices (SMDs). Here, the concentration is on how to add the solder paste to the pads of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

The first step is to stir the paste for soldering. While at it, make sure that the viscosity and the uniformity of the paste are in place so that you wouldn’t encounter challenges.

Second, store the paste in an ideal environment. Ideally, a low temperature ranging from 0 to 5 degrees centigrade is recommended. Once you do that, you can be confident that there will be a natural separation of the segments of the paste.

When the paste is ready for use, remove it from where it was stored and allow to rest at room temperature. With an interval heating of about 30 minutes and about 15 minutes of stirring, the paste will be ready for use.

  1. Reflow Soldering

The reflow soldering phase that we have here is basically all about the things you need to do in order to maintain the optimal temperature of the SMT PCB Assembly.

Here are the highlights of the process, which also includes the welding phase:

  • Pre-Heating Phase

The pre-heating phase has to do with the steps taken to heat the temperature to the desired height.

For example, a balanced temperature of about 180C is required. The humidity should also be kept at 50% at most.

  • Heating

The main heating phase comes next. One of the things you should be looking for is how to ensure that the paste melts in 183 degrees centigrade.

In addition, make sure that the temperature doesn’t surpass the standard 245-degree centigrade.

  • Cooling

Now, the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) has gone through the production phase. It is time to allow it to “settle” or cool. This is the last stage.

It involves the systematic reduction of the PCBs temperature. This can be achieved by setting in a cool environment.

Also, the essence of the cooling phase is to reduce the potentialities of extreme changes in temperature, which will, in turn, affect the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

Benefits of SMT PCB Assembly

You stand to gain a lot by using Surface Mount Technology (SMT) as one of the ways to assemble Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

Here are some of the upsides or potential benefits that come with making use of SMT PCB Assembly:

  • Cost Saving

Since you are looking to save costs, SMT PCB Assembly will be the best way to assembly your Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

Ideally, preferring SMT PCB Assembly over the Through-Hole Technology has the potentiality of cutting down your PCB Assembly by 30% or more.

This is bolstered by two facts. The first is that the required materials are fewer than those of Through-Hole Technology. The second is that there is little or no drilling of leads into the Printed Circuit Boards. This, will, in turn, reduce the labour costs.

  • Compact Design

Indeed, the overall idea of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) is to “disentangle” wires that will be lurking around. In the stead, electrical components are either drilled or placed on top of the other to minimize the bulk of the boards.

However, SMT PCB Assembly happens to have a more compact design than the other forms of PCB Assembly. This is because it involves placing more components on top of the other instead of creating a different space for them.

Hence, you will enjoy the reduction of sizes, as well as have just enough space to put more elements in a limited space.

  • Low Defect Rate

Since PCB Assembly isn’t entirely free of defects, there is a need to reduce the defects.

Now, SMT PCB Assembly has a low defect rate. This is partly because of the soldering process and mainly because of the sturdiness of the soldering points.

The Future of SMT

The future of the SMT PCB Assembly is bright. The development trends already in motion are testaments to that.

Here are some of the trends that can shape the future of the SMT PCB Assembly for more positive tidings:

  • Lead-Free Soldering

Lead can be used in SMT PCB Assembly. But, with the look of things, it may no longer be needed in the future.

This is partly because of the toxicity of the metal that causes many environmental and health challenges and mainly because of the measures that are in place to ban it.

With the prohibition of electronic equipment produced via lead soldering in the European Countries and the banning of the same in Japan, it is obvious that lead will soon fizzle out of SMT PCB Assembly.

Therefore, the development trends point to a “lead-free soldering” process as far as SMT PCB Assembly is concerned.

  • Automation

With the advancements in technology, the future of the SMT PCB Assembly looks good to work on automation.

Then, the assemblage processes will be automated and that means there will be more productions.

Conclusion

Surface Mount Technology (SMT) is taking the lead as far as Printed Circuit Board (PCB) fabrication is concerned.

With the reliability and the efficiency over the other models (including Through-Hole Technology), SMT PCB Assembly looks good to remain relevant in the PCB industry as long as it can sustain its current tempo and make the needed adjustments in the future.

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PCB Assembly House

The popularity of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) is because they help to organize the structure of the electrical components used in any electronic product.

Besides, it is important to have an idea of how the entire system works. You want to know all there is to the PCB Assembly House. In this article, we will explain that and many other important factors in detail.

What Is PCB Assembly House?

PCB Assembly House can be viewed from different perspectives. The way you view it depends on what you think it is all about. That is why we evaluated the major perspectives to the PCB Assembly House so you can have a definite place to pitch your tent.

First, the PCB Assembly House is a sort of warehouse where all the relevant equipment and materials needed for the production of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are stored. It is from this “factory” of sorts that PCB manufacturers operate from.

Second, the PCB Assembly House signifies the company or the manufacturer of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). This implies that the company is roundly touted to be the embodiment of the PCB Assembly House.

Having said that, it is time to look at other important elements of the PCB Assembly House. This article will enlighten you enough so that you wouldn’t be confused anymore when topics relating to PCB Assembly House are brought up.

PCB Assembly House Equipment

There is special equipment that is used anytime you want to engage in PCB Assembly. Understandably, it can be an arduous task to select the best equipment because several factors need to be considered first.

From the quantity of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) that need to be produced to the quality of the boards, you want to be sure that you are using not but the best.

To that end, we have made a list of and explained the relevant equipment, which is mainly used by PCB Assembly Houses.

  1. Pick and Place Machines

Automation is now leading the way in different industries and the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) industry is not taking the back seat. Instead, it has already geared up with the use of the relevant technologies as a way of positioning itself for greater tidings in the global industry marketplace.

That said, there is a machine that places a vital role in the PCB Assembly House. That machine is the Pick and Place Machine. Already, the name has explained what it is meant to do.

However, we shall offer more explanations so you can have a better idea of how the Pick and Place Machines work.

First, the original formulation of the Pick and Place Machines is to make sure that the PCB components are picked up from where they are packed or placed and dropped onto the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

While this can be mesmerizing and tedious because of the human input formulations, there seems to be some reprieve. With the latest advancements in technology, industry analysts are looking at the best ways of incorporating automation into the Pick and Place Machines.

In the future, additional precision will be included in the Pick and Place Machines so that they can process PCB projects faster than humans would have done with the use of a pair of tweezers. This time, the machines will be programmed at once and will then continue to work in automation.

  1. Solder Paste Printing Machine

Solder in the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) industry is more of “glue” that holds the different components of the board together. Now, it is used alongside the Solder Paste Printing Machine for maximum effects.

The machine aims to aid in the even distribution of the pasts to where the components of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) will finally sit.

  1. Reflow Soldering Machine

The Reflow Soldering Machine is advanced. It sees to the final stages of sticking or glueing the components of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) to their respective pads.

In this instance, the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), which by now must have been filled with their respective components, will be moved into the Reflow Soldering Machine. The movement will be facilitated along a conveyor, and through a long and giant oven.

Once the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are in the Reflow Soldering Machine, the boards will be made to travel through the different segments of the machine. In the course of doing, specific temperatures will be maintained in a way that ensures the even melting of the solder paste. The controlled temperature also ensures that the solder pastes later metamorphose into stronger electrical connections between the pads on the PCBs and the components therein.

  1. In-Circuit Testing (ICT)

The In-Circuit Testing (ICT) machine, which is also called the “Bed of Nails”, is an important machine in the PCB Assembly House. The overall significance of the machine is that it is used to instantly detect possible breaks in the continuity or shortage of electrical transmissions on the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

The aim of doing this is to ensure that the PCBs are in “good condition” to avoid being brought back for reversals and modifications after they must have been released for use.

How To Pick the Best PCB Assembly House

We’ll like to point out an important aspect. The PCB Assembly House can also be regarded as the company that engages specifically in the Fabrication of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). The PCB Assembly House is also the company that specializes in offering PCB Assembly services.

Now, you want to select one out of the hundreds of PCB Assembly Companies that are operating in different parts of the world.

Because the selection process can be tough, we decided to cut the chase and make things a lot easier for you. Below are some of the important factors that will help you in finding the best PCB Assembly House.

  1. Quality

You want to be sure that the PCB Assembly House can deliver quality and consistent Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

Because quality is abstract and cannot be seen physically, we have put together some indicators that will help you make a good judgment of a PCB Assembly House’s quality of service.

  • Check for the application of the Administration of Engineering Change Order (ECO).
  • Find out if the PCB Assembly House conforms to the laid-down rules and regulations that are based on quality control of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). Some of the things to look for here are:
  • The AQL Level
  • The Equipment Calibration
  • The Material Inspection Record
  • The Bill of Materials (BOM) Preservation
  • The SMT Yield Rate and
  • The ESD Implementation.

 

  1. Equipment

We already discussed some of the important equipment that needs to be available for the success of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) manufacturing.

Therefore, the PCB Assembly House you want to patronize ought to have the relevant equipment that is needed for the success of the PCB project you have at hand.

Some of the important equipment you should look out for are:

  • The Pick and Place Machines
  • PCB Stencil
  • X-Ray Inspector
  • In-Circuit Testing (ICT) Machine
  • Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) Machine
  • Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) Machine to check the thickness of the Solder Paste.

 

  1. Industry

Another important factor for selecting a PCB Assembly House is to find out the industry where it specializes. Because Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are needed in many industries, you must work with the company that can meet your needs.

  1. Component Sourcing

The PCB Assembly House is versed in the relevant components that are needed for the success of your PCB project. That’s why you want it to handle the sourcing of components.

To that end, check to see if the PCB Assembly House you intend using has a component sourcing service, which allows the company to source the needed components for the PCB projects.

  1. Cost

You want to save costs. That can also be a determining factor in the PCB Assembly House you’ll use in the end.

Here, we are looking at the costs from two perspectives.

First, the PCB Assembly House may offer you higher costs for some reasons. It could be that you are ordering smaller units of PCBs. It can also be because of the one-off order type, which means you aren’t returning for another transaction.

On the other hand, there is a potentiality to reduce costs. You can negotiate this by requesting a discount for subsequent orders.

Second, the cost can be influenced by hidden charges. The actual cost of the PCB project may be affordable but you weren’t intimated with other underlying costs.

For that reason, we advise that you should make sure that the price tag you receive from the salesperson is the final cost.

Final Words

The PCB Assembly House is responsible for the successful manufacturing of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

Considering that you may have different specifications for your Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), we put together the above tips to guide you.

We are hopeful that you have gained considerable insights into what to look for when you want to make use of a PCB Assembly House for your high volume PCB projects.

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Flex PCB Manufacturer https://swimbi.com/flex-pcb-manufacturer/ Wed, 22 Apr 2020 03:12:18 +0000 https://swimbi.com/?p=212 The role of PCB in the manufacturing industry is profound. PCB, which is the abbreviated form for Printed Circuit Boards ...

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The role of PCB in the manufacturing industry is profound. PCB, which is the abbreviated form for Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) helps in bolstering the high-performance of electrical equipment. Instead of having multiple wires that disorient the finishing of electronic equipment, using PCB makes it possible to have all the electrical components in one place.

Flex PCB Manufacturer

The Types of PCB

The popularity of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) also extends to the different types it has. Currently, there are three (3) types of PCB and each of them is working amazingly well.

These three types of PCBs are the Rigid PCB, the Flexible (Flex) PCB, and the Rigid-Flex PCB.

For good reasons, the Flexible (Flex) PCB has been dominating the industry. Because of the flexibility, the lightweight, and the unique way of incorporating it into the Printed Circuit Boards, it is now the favourite of many electronic brands.

It should be noted that the Flexible (Flex) PCB, like many other PCB types, functions as the “spinal cord of electrical devices.” This means that it helps to unify the motherboard and all other boards and components.

What Is Flex PCB?

Flex PCB has a different model when it comes to the designing and the manufacturing of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

The way it functions is that it allows the circuitry to be designed in a way that it fits into the electronic product in view.

Besides, the designing and the production of the Flex PCB is characterized by a distinct patterning of the printed circuitry. This, in turn, works alongside the component arrangements for an all-around PCB design.

Above all, a malleable base material is a primary material that is used to facilitate the designing and the manufacturing of the Flex Printed Circuit Board (PCB).

Flex PCB vs. Other PCBs

Understandably, you are wondering about what makes Flex PCB better than the other types of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

First, Flex PCB is lightweight, which is the main reason why it is considered flexible. This makes the design easier.

Second, the method of designing the Flex PCB differs from those of the other types of PCBs. In this case, Flex PCB can be fitted or installed on the board by placing/fitting it into the desired position on the board. This is better than the traditional building of the electronic product to fit into the Printed Circuit Board (PCB).

The Flex PCB Manufacturer

A PCB manufacturer that specializes in the production of the Rigid PCB may not be very good at the Flex PCB design. Hence, there is always a need to go directly to the Flex PCB manufacturer because that is where you have the assurances of getting the best of service.

With that in mind, we will look at some of the important criteria that will help you in selecting the best Flex PCB manufacturer.

  1. Does the Flex PCB Manufacturer Have the Relevant Equipment?

The first consideration in choosing a Flex PCB manufacturer is the equipment. Because the manufacturer wouldn’t make use of the bare hands for the designing and the production of the Flex PCB, you need to check if the equipment and tools are ready.

You must arm yourself with information on the tools and equipment that are needed in the production phases of the Flex PCB. With that in mind, you can easily spot the ones that are missing.

Now, some of the equipment and tools you should be looking for are:

  • Surface finishing tools
  • Drilling tools
  • Imaging equipment and tools

 

Aside from considering those tools (and many others in that category), you also need to look at how the Flex PCB manufacturer adapts to the latest technology. This makes it possible for the Flex PCB project to be completed in good time and with the use of the latest innovations in the PCB industry.

 

  1. On-Demand Production

For some reasons, you will need to the designing and the production of Flex PCB “to go your own way.” You want your instructions to be carried out to the letter.

You must look at the possibility of getting on-demand Flex PCB production services from the manufacturer. The point is that manufacturer will be able to follow the guidelines you gave to pattern the Flex PCB to different shapes and sizes.

Also, the on-demand production of Flex PCB makes a whole lot of impact when it comes to the volume. You can choose to have a few designed and increase it later in the future.

 

  1. Ability to Supply Multiple Components

In as much as Flexible (Flex) PCB, Rigid PCB, and Rigid-Flex PCB are the major type of PCBs, they are not the only ones.

When it comes to the Flex PCB, you have many options to choose from. Ideally, you have variants to the Flex PCB. Some of them are:

  • Double-sided Flex PCB
  • Single-sided Flex PCB
  • Multi-layer Flex PCB

 

Because there are many variants, you want to see if the Flex PCB manufacturer can supply the components. If the manufacturer you intend to patronize can’t do that, it is an indication that you should look elsewhere.

A Flex PCB manufacturer that means business should be in a position to supply the different components of the varied types of Flex PCB.

Besides, the manufacturer should have a good working relationship with the components wholesalers because that guarantees faster sourcing at affordable costs.

 

  1. Experience

Expertise or mastery of something has always been one of the important factors that can swing a job to a Flex PCB manufacturer.

You don’t want to work with a manufacturer that has a generic experience, i.e. – experienced in general Flex PCB manufacturing.

Instead, you want to go with a Flex PCB manufacturer that has industry experience, in this case, with the designing and manufacturing of the Flex PCB.

As an addition, it will be ideal if you can ask the Flex PCB manufacturer if it has considerable experience working with other companies or brands that are related to your industry.

 

  1. Standards and Certifications

There is a correlation with the certification of a Flex PCB manufacturer with the success of your Flex PCB project.

If the manufacturer has the backing of the industry certifications and standards, it interprets that it can offer the best quality service when it comes to Flex PCB.

To help you further, here are some of the certifications and standards you should be expecting of the Flex PCB manufacturer:

  • UL 94V-0 Fire-Resistance Certification

This is one of the many conformance certifications that the Flex PCB manufacturer ought to have.

It means that the Flex PCB that is manufactured by the manufacturer is fire-resistant.

If this certification is not presented to you by the manufacturer, it will be in your best interest to discontinue the project.

  • Compliance with the rules of IPC, UL, and ISO

 

  1. Quality of the Flex PCB

How qualitative is the Flex PCB? Aside from the use of the relevant equipment and tools for production, the manufacturer should also provide you with the best quality.

It might interest you to know that the quality of the Flex PCB cuts across many lines. Some of the key considerations of the quality are:

  • High-speed communication lines
  • High-density design
  • High conductivity
  • Long-term durability

If you are not fully convinced with the proclaimed quality of the Flex PCB, you want to use the E-Test to inspect and find out the actual quality.

 

  1. Can the Manufacturer Release a Prototype?

You need to consider if the Flex PCB can offer you a model to test. Considering that Flex PCB (and indeed PCB in general) is delicate, you don’t want to have technical faults coming up later to usurp the performance of the entire board.

Hence, you need to ensure that the Flex PCB manufacturer can provide a model or prototype before the completion of the project. You will then check to see if there parts that need to be adjusted or altered for better efficiency.

  1. Testing

The Flex PCB manufacturer you want to contact ought to provide Flex PCB testing services.

This is important because it helps to point out the faults on the circuit board.

  1. Costs

You don’t want to break a bank to get your Flex PCB done. You also want the best quality at pocket-friendly costs.

To that end, it is advised that you go for a Flex PCB manufacturer that can give you the best quality at affordable rates.

  1. Customer Support

The general rule is that a Flex PCB manufacturer that has good customer support tends to treat the customers better.

The communication that exists between the customer support department of the Flex PCB manufacturer is a direct revelation of how your Flex PCB projects will be treated.

If you are nicely treated by the customer support, you can be confident that your Flex PCB projects are in the best hands.

Wrapping Up

There is no denying that selecting a Flex PCB manufacturer in the “crowded PCB industry” can be stressful.

We have now made things a lot easier for you by discussing (above) the ten (10) factors that will lead you to the best Flex PCB manufacturer.

How do you select your Flex PCB manufacturer?

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Through Hole PCB Assembly https://swimbi.com/through-hole-pcb-assembly/ Tue, 21 Apr 2020 02:45:26 +0000 https://swimbi.com/?p=179 The assembly of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) comes in different forms, and Through Hole happens to be one of the ...

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The assembly of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) comes in different forms, and Through Hole happens to be one of the most used. Of course, it has a specific model of assemblage and that is part of what we’ll be looking at in this article.

What Is Through Hole PCB Assembly?

It is important to understand the underlying concept of Through Hole PCB Assembly before we start looking at other important aspects to it.

Through Hole technology (which is also called Thru-Hole) is the process of constructing and drilling holes into a Printed Circuit Board (PCB). The aim of doing that is to create a hole where leads can be attached on the board.

From another perspective, Through Hole PCB Assembly involves the construction of electronic circuits so that the Pin-Through Hole (PTH) components can be easily drilled or passed through the already drilled /pre-drilled hole into the PCB.

It is important to mention that the Through Hole technology is roundly touted to be an older model, especially when it is compared to the Surface Mounting variant.

That said, the Through Hole PCB Assembly procedure entails that the pre-drilled holes will come in handy in strengthening the components of the Printed Circuits Boards (PCBs) and the boards. Hence, the leads will be there to ensure that none of the components strays off the body of the PCB.

Types of Through Hole PCB Assembly

There are two (2) main types of the Through Hole PCB Assembly. The first is the Automated Through Hole PCB Assembly. The second is the Manual Through Hole PCB Assembly.

On the one hand, the automated variant is roundly touted to be faster and cost-effective because it takes little time to be completed. It also demands little human inputs, which makes it cost-effective.

On the other hand, the manual Through Hole PCB Assembly involves the traditional or manually-operational model of drilling the holes into the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). This model tends to take time and attracts more costs.

Components of the Through Hole PCB Assembly

Components of the Through Hole PCB Assembly

The characteristics of the Through Hole PCB Assembly are further narrowed down to two components.

These components are discussed below so you can understand them better.

  • Radial Leaded Components

Radial Leaded Components are the first on the list. Under these components, the leads that are used therein tend to stick out of both ends.

In addition to that, the Radial Leaded Components take less space, which means that you wouldn’t have to bother about the leads disrupting the entire interface of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

Worthy of mention is that the Radial Leaded Components have specific shapes or attributes by which they are known. Ideally, the components here are designed in the form of rectangular box-shaped figures. They can also come in the form of cylindrical shapes.

Above all, the Radial Leaded Components are packed with many other characteristics, such as inductors, resistors, and capacitors.

  • Axial Leaded Components

On the other hand, there are the Axial Leaded Components, which take the shape that is similar to that of a symmetrical object. Because of this design and the fact that it can also take the shape of a cylinder, Axial Leaded Components tend to have multiple leads that protrude/stick out from both sides.

The space that the Axial Leaded Components depends on a number of factors, including the position you placed it. Ideally, once the components have been laid unto the Printed Circuit Board (PCBs), they tend to have their wires fitted through a hole.

The components that are used here include but are not limited to capacitors, resistors, and inductors.

Benefits of Through Hole PCB Assembly

Why does Through Hole PCB Assembly have more use cases than the competitor – the Surface Mounting?

Below are some of the importance and benefits of using the Through Hole PCB Assembly:

  1. Higher and Advanced Heat Tolerance

Because of the potential use cases, such as in the aerospace industry, it became important to ensure that the Through Hole PCB Assembly is heat tolerant.

The heat tolerance is bolstered by the advancement of the technology that is used to facilitate that. In addition, the high tolerance heat capability comes in handy to protect the products manufactured with it when there are environmental disorders and extreme collisions.

  1. Easier Prototyping

Because of the massive adoption and use of the Through Hole PCB Assembly, there are more tendencies of more use cases. In the same light, the prototyping needs to be completed in good time to meet the demands.

To that end, the easier model of prototyping the Through Hole PCB Assembly is one of the factors that bolster the preference over the other – Surface Mounting.

In this instance, the reliability of the prototyping model ensures that the components of the Through Hole PCB can be easily swapped or exchanged.

  1. Superior Power Handling

The superior and stronger hold that the Through Hole components form with the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) informs the reason behind the superior power handling. That is also because the relevant components are easily passed through the PCB before they are attached to the board using metal solder/lead.

Besides, that basis makes the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) in question to be in better positions to be used for larger components. More so, the strength of the PCBs tends to come in handy when there is a need to be used under high voltages and high-risk electrical conditions.

  1. Durability

Because of the superior power handling and the strengthened bond between the Through Hole components and the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), it means that the boards and the components will be more durable.

Therefore, when you are using the Through Hole PCB products, you can every confidence that they will last longer than the counterpart – the Surface Mounting.

Final Words

Through Hole PCB Assembly is a commendable innovation in the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) market. That is because it offers many features that aren’t tenable in its competitive variant – Surface Mounting.

Are you ready to use Through Hole PCB Assembly for your next PCB projects? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Low Volume PCB Assembly https://swimbi.com/low-volume-pcb-assembly/ Sun, 19 Apr 2020 04:13:00 +0000 https://swimbi.com/?p=168 The needs of PCB buyers differ. While some of the buyers will be looking to place orders for more Printed ...

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The needs of PCB buyers differ. While some of the buyers will be looking to place orders for more Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), others will be considering starting with the low volume PCB assembly. So, the financial standing of the buyers and the number of customers they have are some of the facts that can influence the purchase decisions.

That notwithstanding, it is glaring that many orders for Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are mainly coming from the buyers who are either working or a budget or who have fewer customers to serve.

It is in the consideration of it that the demand for low volume PCB assembly is on the increase. Likewise, many PCB assembly companies are already keying into it by providing low volume PCB assembly to those set of PCB buyers.

What Is Low Volume PCB Assembly?

what is Low Volume PCB Assembly

Low volume PCB assembly refers to the designing and manufacturing of smaller (lower) quantities of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). The quantity that is often considered low is the one that falls between the ranges of 25 to 5,000 Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

From another perspective, low volume PCB assembly involves the mounting on top of each other, the relevant components that are needed for the assembly of PCBs. These companies are often mounted on relatively smaller boards, which tend to be within the ambient of 250 to 5,000.

Types of Low Volume PCB Assembly

It is important to mention that the low volume PCB assembly comes with specific types. These are two, and will further be discussed below.

  1. Design for Testing (DFT) Services

In as much as the units or quantities of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are low, it doesn’t mean that the buyers wouldn’t get the best services.

Rather, the low volume PCB assembly makes use of the Design for Testing (DFT) model to offer the buyers with a wide range of opportunities.

First, DFT involves the understanding of the different testing points on the PCBs. It is from these testing points that validation will later be carried out when its time.

The second and most important is that the use of the Design for Testing (DFT) services helps in the instant testing, problem detection, and problem-solving of the different problems that may have wanted to hinder the progress of the PCB assembly.

  1. Design for Manufacturing (DFM)

On the other hand is the Design for Manufacturing (DFM) model. Here, the aim is to facilitate the performance of quality checks on the engineering documents of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). Some of the documents that are checked are the Assembly Files, the Gerber Files, the Bill of Materials (BOM), and the Circuit Diagrams.

Advantages of Using the Low Volume PCB Assembly

So, what are the benefits or the advantages of using the low volume PCB assembly? We have discussed below, some of the most fascinating features and attributes that make low volume PCB assembly one of the best ways you can get as many Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) as you can afford.

  1. On-Demand PCB Assembly

The first advantage is that your Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) will be designed and manufactured in good time. This is made possible for several reasons.

On the one hand, the PCB assembly company will be looking at handling and delivering the smaller projects before concentrating on the bigger ones.

On the other hand, the on-demand basis of the low volume PCB assembly implies that you will get to make your specifications and stick around to ensure they are being carried out as specified.

  1. Pre-Production of Test Boards

This is more like what is obtainable in the traditional Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) prototyping. In this case, the pre-production of test boards is meant to reduce the chances of reworking on a PCB project.

Ideally, the PCB assembly company will design and manufacture a smaller number of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). The boards will then be shipped out to the buyers for a thorough inspection before the completion of the job.

  1. Work with Your Budget

Of course, you have looked at your wallet and you realized that unless you work with what you have, you may end up owing the PCB assembly company. Since you don’t want that to happen, the best thing is to settle for the low volume PCB assembly, which allows you to work with your budget.

That is because of the fewer expenses and all other cost-effective models that come with it.

  1. Request for Design Changes

You may find it challenging to request design changes if you are producing thousands of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). This is partly because the PPCB assembly company may turn down the offer, and mainly because you will spend more than you did at the onset.

Thus, requesting design changes is one of the important benefits that come with using the low volume PCB assembly. It is so because the buyers tend to understand the final or expected look of their Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

It is this understanding that helps the PPCB buyers to figure out the mistakes and loopholes that may be a cog in the wheels of the project’s progress.

Besides, using the low volume PCB assembly model helps the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to decide for or against proceeding with the project.

More so, the use of the low volume PCB assembly model via possible the request for design changes is further accentuated by the fact that the PCB assembly buyers can decide on whether they would like to have higher productions later in the future.

  1. Troubleshooting

Low volume PCB assembly also comes with an impressive benefit – the troubleshooting and the testing of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

The aim is to make sure that the boards’ components are working as expected. If otherwise, specific troubleshooting steps will be taken. Some of them are:

  • Replacement of the components
  • Checking up on the leadless part components/assemblies via an X-ray inspection

 

Use the Low Volume PCB Assembly for Your PCB Needs

You can call the bluff of the naysayers who don’t believe that you can leverage the low volume PCB assembly for your PCB needs.

The ball is now in your court and is waiting for you to kick it as far as the funds you budgeted for the designing and manufacturing of PCBs can take you.

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Top 10 PCB Assembly Companies In San Jose https://swimbi.com/top-10-pcb-assembly-companies-in-san-jose/ Fri, 17 Apr 2020 02:40:51 +0000 https://swimbi.com/?p=183 With the increasing demands for Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) is the increase in the numbers of PCB Assembly Companies. San ...

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With the increasing demands for Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) is the increase in the numbers of PCB Assembly Companies. San Jose in California, United States has one of the largest concentrations of PCB assembly companies.

In this article, we shall look at the top ten (10) PCB companies that are into the assembly and provision of other basic needs for the PCB industry.

What Is the PCB Assembly?

It is an excellent idea to be aware of the concept before we look at the companies that offer the service.

What is PCB Assembly? It is a concept that entails the coupling or assembly of different PCB components with the primary aim of remaking them into Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). The boards, after the assembly, will then be purchased by electronics companies and brands for the seamless integration of the different components of their electrical products.

Therefore, assembling the boards (PCBs) is one of the basic and most important elements that are needed for the success of any electronics manufacturing.

What are the Best PCB Assembly Companies

Currently, there are over 100 companies that offer PCB Assembly services. Of course, the aim of this article is to point the top ten (10) out of the lot.

It is indeed a herculean task considering that each of these companies has different features that set them either a step ahead or a step behind the others. That notwithstanding, we used different parameters to come up with the top 10 PCB Assembly Companies.

San Jose as the Primary Location

The scope or location of this study is San Jose in California, the United States of America (USA). Doubling as the home to many PCB companies in the world, San Jose, from our findings, has the largest concentration of PCB Assembly Companies too.

That is why we have made a list of the top 10 PCB Assembly Companies in San Jose. Here are the companies and what they have to offer.

  1. NexLogic Technologies, Inc.

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Founded in 1995 and doubling as a Custom Manufacturer, NexLogic Technologies is one of the top 10 PCB Assembly Companies in San Jose. The company has been in the business for well over 24 years. Hence, it knows what works and what doesn’t as far as PCB Assembly is concerned.

Aside from the primary specialization in the assembly of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), the company also focuses on other important aspects of PCB.

On the list of the additional PCB-related services it offers are:

  • Box builds
  • High-speed placement of PCBs
  • Double-sided SMT
  • Optimized reflow profiling
  • Harness assembly
  • Through-hole
  • SMT

 

  1. RUSH PCB INC

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The aim of this company is to literally trigger the target customers/buyers to “rush” its services. This is not unconnected to the impressive PCB assembly services it has been providing for over 23 years (the company was founded in 1997).

RUSH PCB INC has a speciality in designing and manufacturing Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) from two (2) to thirty-two (32) layers. It is by this means that the company is capable of delivering on the promise of providing full turnkey assemblies.

RUSH PCB INC also offers additional PCB services, such as Fabrication, PCB Manufacturing, and PCB Designs.

  1. VSE Corp

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Located in the San Ignacio Avenue of San Jose, VSE has been in the business of providing unlimited PCB assembly services to different industries. From the green technology industry down to the biotech, automotive, telecommunications, and medical equipment industries, VSE’s presence is always felt.

In terms of the PCB Assembly, VSE ensures that your products meet the DFM & DFT manufacturing standards. The company also uses skilled engineering and the relevant PCBA technologies to ensure that your PCB products are compliant with industry standards and regulations.

On the other hand, the company offers specialized services, such as Box Build Assembly – an area where it has over 30 years of experience.

  1. Vitron Electronic Services, Inc

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This company makes the list of the top 10 PCB Assembly Companies in San Jose for obvious reasons. A company of its standing that has been in the business of providing unlimited PCB assembly services for electronic products ought to be on the list.

On the other hand, Vitron Electronic Services, Inc also focuses on the manufacturing of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) from the start to the finish. In addition to that, the company offers PCB prototyping, testing, and mechanical assembly.

  1. Advanced Manufacturing Arts, Inc

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If you are looking for a PCB Assembly Company that offers maximum and customer-oriented PCB assembly, the Advanced Manufacturing Arts, Inc is the company you can rely on.

Indeed, the company is a force to reckon with when it comes to the assembly of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), as well as cable assemblies.

In addition to those, the company also focuses on the custom manufacturing of PCBs for different purposes, such as for computer, consumer, and telecommunications applications.

  1. Sonic Manufacturing Technologies

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Tipped to be “San Jose’s Premier PCB Assembly Company,” Sonic Manufacturing Technologies has been making its mark in the world of PCB Assembly.

One of the notable features of using this company is the working relationship it has with purchasing engineers and product designers. That means you wouldn’t have to bother about anything as the entire PCB Assembly procedure will be handled from the purchase of the components to the designing of the prototype and the final assembly and manufacturing.

Doubling as the “Largest EMS in Silicon Valley,” Sonic Manufacturing Technologies also has additional PCB services to offer. These include but are not limited to:

  • Branded packaging
  • PCB Fabrication
  • Test and burn-in
  • System and box build
  • Supply chain management

 

  1. Network PCB

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Established in 1994 as a state-of-the-art company that specializes in PCB services, Network PCB has since moved on to bigger ventures in the PCB industry.

With its headquarters in San Jose, California in the United States, Network PCB has now been able to forge ties that helped it in gaining entrance to many markets in Asia, Europe, Canada, and North America.

With its vision of being recognized as one of the world’s leading PCB Assembly companies, Network PCB has over the years, used relevant PCBA technologies to further the cause of that vision. Today, it is widely revered for its delivery of world-class PCB products and for the maintenance of the industry standards.

Without limiting itself to one niche alone, Network PCB’s continuous explorations led to the delving into other PCB sectors. Now, the company also offers services pertaining to the designing and manufacturing of:

  • Flex PCB Boards
  • Burn-In Boards (BIB)
  • High-Density Interconnect Boards
  • RF & Microwave PCB Boards
  • Back Plane Board

 

  1. OnCore Manufacturing Services

Some PCB Assembly Companies in San Jose focus only on the provision of PCBA services in that location. Only a few of them actually “went out of their shells” to extend the services to other locations. OnCore Manufacturing Services belongs to the latter category.

The company doubles as a three-tier PCB Assembly company because of the operation and coverage in three locations. Aside from the San Jose headquarters, OnCore Manufacturing Services also has offices in China and another in Mexico.

The services it offers include but is not limited to:

  • Printed Circuit Boards Assembly (PCBA)
  • Aftermarket services
  • PCB Design
  • Logistics and last-mile deliveries of PCBs
  • System integrations

 

  1. Green Circuits

 

Green Circuits is a company that focuses on the assembly of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). The aim of the company among many other things is to ensure that PCBs are assembled in good time and at the lowest costs possible.

Thanks to the reliable and robust precision service, the PCB Assembly services offered by the company are of maximum quality and are delivered at the lowest costs without sacrificing quality.

The company also engages in the Test & Burn-In procedure, which focuses on the identification and elimination of potential threats to the outcome of a PCB product.

  1. Gorilla Circuits

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Gorilla Circuits is another of the top 10 PCB Assembly Companies in San Jose. With the formidable and towering standing it has in the PCB industry, the company has so far endeared itself to many PCB buyers.

As a vertically-integrated manufacturer of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), the company makes use of high precision and quality PCB machines to deliver value to the buyers.

It also offers extensive PCB services, such as the fabrication and the assembly of custom Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

How to Select the Best PCB Assembly Company

We were able to select the top 10 PCB Assembly Companies in San Jose because we had specific criteria.

Some of the guidelines for the selection are:

  • Expertise/years of experience
  • Turnaround – how fast does the PCB Assembly Company complete the projects?
  • Quality of the projects
  • Excellent material/PCB component sourcing
  • Board testing
  • Manufacturing costs

Final Words

The top 10 PCB Assembly Companies in San Jose as discussed above is meant to give you a headstart when you are looking for the best PCB Assembly Company to handle your projects.

What other PCB Assembly Companies in San Jose do you think should be on the top 10 list?

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Quick Turn PCB Assembly https://swimbi.com/quick-turn-pcb-assembly/ Wed, 15 Apr 2020 02:06:45 +0000 https://swimbi.com/?p=172 Since the demands for Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are on the increase, it is now important to ensure that the ...

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Since the demands for Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are on the increase, it is now important to ensure that the services are rendered in good time. That is the idea behind the concept of the Quick Turn PCB Assembly.

As you may have known (as a PCB ardent fan), Quick Turn presents many opportunities to the buyers, and the manufacturers, as well.

But, if you are not versed in all that, we will take the time to instruct you on the relevance of Quick Turn PCB Assembly in the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) industry.

What Does Quick Turn PCB Assembly Mean?

What Does Quick Turn PCB Assembly Mean

The basic and underlying concept of Quick Turn PCB Assembly is that it enables the PCB buyers/customers to get their PCBs in good time.

From another perspective, Quick Turn PCB Assembly also means that the PCB manufacturer will have fewer jobs to do because the entire process only requires a streamlined workflow that will be completed in good time.

An Overview of the Quick Turn PCB Assembly

Haven looked at the definition of the Quick Turn PCB Assembly; it is now time to look at how it works.

The breakdown and explanation below highlight the streamlined workflow that shows the commencement of the Quick Turn PCB project from the start to the finish.

  1. Expert Layout Review

In as much as the Quick Turn PCB Assembly is meant to facilitate work on the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), it doesn’t mean that the standards in the PCB industry wouldn’t be adhered to.

In this case, the first step to be taken by the Quick Turn PCB Assembly manufacturer is to make an expert layout review of the boards. The primary aim amongst many others is to discover and eliminate any manufacturing defects that could have hampered the success of the Quick Turn PCB project when it is completed.

Once the expert layout review has been put to work and the defects have been spotted, the next step will be to address the challenges and get to work.

  1. Sourcing of Materials

The relevant components that will be needed for the success of the Quick Turn PCB Assembly will now be sourced.

Although the selection and the acquisition of the relevant materials for the project may take some time, it would be beneficial if the PCB manufacturer already has some retailers it sources those materials from.

In the absence of that, the manufacturer can rely on the experienced team to source materials, depending on the industry the PCB project falls under.

  1. Reduced Manufacturing Period

The fact that Quick Turn PCB Assembly is quick in all sense of the word is not limited to the fast completion. It is also mainly because the traditional working timeframe tends to be halved this time.

Instead of the many days (and weeks) that the PCB manufacturer may require to complete the project, Quick Turn PCB Assembly now ensures that everything is completed in a matter of a few hours.

  1. Quick Turn PCB Fabrication

Instead of waiting for long hours for the fabrication of your Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) to be completed, you can now get everything under twenty-four (24) hours. This feat is courtesy of the Quick Turn PCB Fabrication feature that ensures that the fabrication of the boards is completed in good time and without much blemish.

It is also important to mention that the quick turnaround of the PCB Fabrication also comes with varieties of offers. In this case, multiple PCB Fabrications can be completed within one day (24 hours). Some of the variants offered here are the 4 Layer PCB, Single Sided PCB, and the Double Sided PCB.

  1. In-House Stock

What plans have you made for the sourcing and procurement of the components needed for the designing and manufacturing of Quick Turn PCBs?

For some PCB buyers and customers, they would rather outsource that job to the PCB manufacturer to handle. Yet, other PCB customers would rather buy the components.

Whether you bought the components yourself or you got one from the PCB manufacturer, the fact is that the manufacturer will also offer you the best service. It is so because the PCB manufacturer has an experienced and in-house stock team that tackles the procurement of components needed for Quick Turn PCB Assembly.

  1. Low Volume PCB

Low volume orders for Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are also tenable. The reason for this that the PCB manufacturer tends to have many orders for higher volumes of PCBs.

Therefore, the manufacturer will be trying to see that it can deliver smaller projects before delving into the bigger ones.

To that end, you as a low volume PCB customer stand to gain many things in the process. Among the many benefits are the tenability of getting your low volume PCB units processed, and the designs can later be remodelled into the full-scale variant over time.

  1. Large Volume Discounts

In as much as the Quick Turn PCB Assembly tends to be of immense benefits to low volume PCB customers, it can also make the same impression on the part of the high volume customers.

In this case, there will be discounts on Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) that are over 5,000. It is also pertinent to mention that the PCB manufacturer will be happy to take off a good chunk of money for the customers only if there are placing large volume orders for Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

  1. Mixed Technology

If there is anything that must not be overlooked in the Quick Turn PCB Assembly, it is the mixture and fusion of technology.

The Through Hole (Thru-Hole) and the Surface Mounting (SMT) technologies are combined to ensure that the Quick Turn PCB Assembly is quickly completed.

Wrapping Up

It is very easy to hand-in your PCB designs to the PCB manufacturer while the latter will be able to process the designs and complete them in good time.

Are you ready to use the Quick Turn PCB Assembly? What are some of the reasons why you prefer it?

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Electronic Contract Manufacturing Companies https://swimbi.com/electronic-contract-manufacturing-companies/ Mon, 13 Apr 2020 01:23:06 +0000 https://swimbi.com/?p=161 The huge demand for electronic products tallies with the growing numbers of electronic contract manufacturing companies. These companies are there ...

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The huge demand for electronic products tallies with the growing numbers of electronic contract manufacturing companies. These companies are there to provide the successful manufacturing services for different electronic products.

It is important to point out that without the provision of those services by the electronic contract manufacturing companies, it may be challenging for popular and up and coming electronic companies to make headway.

To that end, we shall look at the concept behind the electronic contract manufacturing companies. From there, we’ll proceed to look at the top best companies that provide those services.

What Is Electronic Contract Manufacturing?

Electronic Contract Manufacturing

Electronic Contract Manufacturing (ECM) is also called Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS). It entails the different services provided by a company that specializes in the manufacturing cum production of electronic components for the end-users/electronics brands.

Ideally, the companies that specialize in this service offer many services, such as the designing, assembly, production, and testing of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), and other electronic components. It is after those have been completed that the electronic contract manufacturing companies will then hand over the components to the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)/electronics brands for their final uses.

It is also important to mention that electronic contract manufacturing companies may be required to handle specific tasks and leave the others. For example, they may be required to only to provide the design and the prototype of a given electronic component. The companies may also be required to develop the electronic components or source the same. The instruction may also entail that the electronic contract manufacturing companies will have to assemble and test the electronic components before shipping the same out to the electronics brands.

Additional onsite services, such as PCB etching may also be part of the expectations from the electronic contract manufacturing companies.

The Types of Electronic Manufacturing Companies

Now that you have understood the concept behind the electronic contract manufacturing companies; you also need to understand the different job descriptions that come with them.

Ideally, there are three (3) main types of electronic contract manufacturing companies. These are designed and made for the easy use of electronics companies that are looking to get cost-effective, quality, and timely delivery of their electronic components.

  1. Design Manufacturers

Depending on the specifications of the job, the electronic contract manufacturing companies may only be required to provide the designs. That is where the design manufacturers come in to be the first kind of electronic contract manufacturing companies that you can use.

The primary job description of these companies is to provide specialized design services. The companies may also be required to provide the design services in addition to the assembling of the electronic parts.

It is important to mention that one of the basic needs that prompt the usage of design manufacturers is because of the quick detection of problems. For example, it will be easier for the manufacturers in this category to spot the potential challenges that tend to mar the production of the electronic components.

  1. PCB Manufacturers

As you may have known, Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are in high demand in the electronics and manufacturing industries. The demand is not unconnected to the fact that the boards help in the effective unification of the different electronic components.

Instead of distorted designs that leave the wires hanging from all corners, PCBs can now be used to join all the electronic components to one unit.

In the same regard, the services of an electronic contract manufacturing company (like Ray PCB) that specializes in the manufacturing of the Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) will be needed to ensure that customers’ needs are met.

  1. System Assembly

The work of the system assembly electronic contract manufacturing companies is to make sure that the different parts of the electronic components are in place.

The services rendered here include but are not limited to the board repair, reverse engineering, board repair, and testing of the system components.

The Best Electronic Contract Manufacturing Companies

There are many electronic contract manufacturing companies out there but only a few can meet your needs. It is those few that have through consistency, versatility, and mastery of the manufacturing concepts, that will be discussed here.

If you have been looking for the best electronic contract manufacturing companies that you can use to satisfy the demands of your customers, the companies below are some of the ones you can rely on.

  1. Ray PCB

PCB Assembly Company Raypcb

RayMing Technology otherwise called “Ray PCB” is a China-based electronic contract manufacturing company that specializes in different kinds of Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS).

With a track record of consistent and impressive outputs, over fifteen (15) years of experience, and the provision of top-notch Printed Circuit Board (PCB) services, Ray PCB is one of the best electronic contract manufacturing companies out there.

It will interest you to know that the company has been able to provide numerous PCB and all-around electronic manufacturing services to different electronic brands.

To have gained such traction is a testament to the capability of the company to provide the best and outstanding electronic contract manufacturing services in the world.

For a better understanding of what you stand to benefit from using Ray PCB, here are some of the services it provides:

  • Quality PCB Design

The company (Rap PCB) provides quality and affordable design of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). This is done to help the clients to save some costs that would have been on the increase if the PCB designs were to be outsourced to other companies.

  • PCB Prototype

For its clients that will like to have an “overview” or prototype of the expected outcome of the electronic manufacturing service; Ray PCB offers PCB Prototypes.

The prototypes are designed to help the clients to see the likely outcome of their projects/PCB designs. It also makes it a lot easier to identify mistakes and fix the same in good time.

 

  1. Foxconn

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Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, Limited is also known as “Foxconn;” which is the shortened form of its trading name – Foxconn Technology Group. Headquartered in the New Tapei City, Taiwan, the company is already making waves as one of the industry leaders as far as the electronic contract manufacturing industry is concerned.

The assertion of its enviable height in the industry is not unconnected to the robust services it provides and the number of partnerships it has forged over the years.

To give you some insights into its operations, here are a few facts about Foxconn:

  • Foxconn is currently one of the leading largest employers of labour in Taiwan
  • The company currently ranks as the third-largest information technology company when the revenue is taken into account

Foxconn also has an indisputable status as being the largest and most ranking company that specializes in the provision of Electronics Contract Manufacturing (ECM) services.

Aside from that, the company is tipped to be behind the manufacturing of over 40% of the total electronic components that are used in consumer electronics.

On the other hand, it is working with many leading and established brands in the consumer electronics industry. Some of the top clients include but are not limited to:

  • Xiaomi
  • Acer Inc.
  • Sony
  • Microsoft Incorporated
  • Apple Incorporated
  • Toshiba
  • Hewlett-Packard (HP)
  • Nintendo
  • com
  • Motorola Mobility
  • Google

 

  1. Jabil

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Jabil Incorporated, otherwise called “Jabil” for short, is an American-based electronic contract manufacturing company. It specializes in the designing and manufacturing of the basic components of consumer electronics.

With its headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida, in the United States, Jabil has also been able to extend its frontiers. Currently, the company in over 28 countries with over 100 plants strategically shared among those countries where it operates.

Since its inception over 54 years ago, Jabil Inc has been able to carve a niche for itself as far as the electronic contract manufacturing industry is concerned.

In terms of its services, the company provides electronic contract designing services that are in line with industry standards. It also provides engineering services, such as the placement of RFID in Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) intending to store data about the host PCB.

The industries that are primarily served by Jabil Inc are:

  • Defence
  • Healthcare
  • Aerospace
  • Consumer products
  • Life sciences
  • Storage
  • Automotive
  • Clean technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Computing

 

  1. Compal Electronics

Electronic Contract Manufacturing compal

Compal Electronics is a China-based electronic contract manufacturing company that specializes in the designing and manufacturing of computer hardware electronics.

This primary concentration has been paying off immensely for the company considering that it has been able to work with many notable brands, such as:

  • Fujitsu
  • Acer
  • Hewlett-Packard (HP)
  • Toshiba
  • Lenovo
  • Dell

With the impressiveness of its innovative computer hardware designs and productions, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Compal Electronics is ranked as the second-largest contract notebook manufacturer in the world. The figure is supported by the over 48 million laptops that have been designed, manufactured, and shipped by the company as far back as 2010.

How to Select the Best Electronic Contract Manufacturing Companies

Can it be easy to select electronic contract manufacturing companies or will it be a walk in the park? Let’s see!

It is important to mention that the expectations of consumer electronics companies tend to have different specifications for their Electronic Contract Manufacturing (ECM) needs. Hence, the needs of one of such companies tend to differ from that of another.

That notwithstanding, there is a common ground that cannot be overlooked. There are specific features to look out for before deciding on the electronic contract manufacturing companies to use.

Here they are:

  • Volume

The volume of the jobs that can be handled should be the Number One criteria for selecting an electronic contract manufacturing company.

If you are looking at producing lower quantities, you must go for an Electronic Contract Manufacturing (ECM) company that renders the service. The same applies to when you are considering medium to high volume productions.

Even though the statistics of volume tend to vary by the company, you may be able to find the breakdown below helpful.

First, you should be aiming for about 10,000 units and above if you are considering the high volume. It will do you a world of good to inform the electronic contract manufacturing company beforehand so you can get incentives, such as reduced costs.

Second, consider targeting between 100 to 9,999 units annually if you want to leverage the medium volume-production model.

Third, if you are working on a budget or you don’t have many customers yet, the low volume production model will be beneficial. Here, the targeted volume is between 1 to 100 units per year.

  • Printed Circuit Boards

What type of boards are you looking to order? Are you for the Flexible PCBs that accommodate flexible circuits or you want to make use of the Rigid PCBs that are harder?

  • Prototype

The electronic contract manufacturing company you are looking to work with should be the one that offers prototypes too. This is essential considering that the prototypes serve as initial samples and possible outcome of the project.

When you are using prototypes, it will be easier to find out the potential mistakes that may negatively affect the quality of the job. These mistakes will then be noted and fixed as the final stages of the project are underway.

Ray PCB is the Best Contract Manufacturing Company

RayMing Technology (Ray PCB) is one of the best and most used electronic contract manufacturing companies in the world. From China where it started operations, the company has now been able to extend its services to other countries of the world.

The over fifteen (15) years of experience and the varieties of electronic contract designing and manufacturing services it renders are part of the reasons why we recommended.

Of course, if you are in a haste to get your projects completed and of high quality too, Ray PCB is the company that can make that happen.

You can get in touch with the company to see how it can move your electronic contract manufacturing needs from what you had in mind to what you can now have in reality.

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