In order for your electronics business to attract and satisfy customers, you need to be focusing on the very basics of product design and manufacture: PC boards. As the demands of the consumer market change, and technological processes evolve, so must your way of thinking about printed circuit boards. Although it's true that through-hole mounting was the standard for PC board construction for years, surface mount technology (SMT) is the 'new kid on the block', and it isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
As technology continues to advance, consumers are increasingly interested in purchasing electronic gadgets that are dense, compact, fast, and above all, affordable. In order to meet these demands, many electronics companies are searching for ways to scale down their production costs, enabling them to lower customer price points while still earning a significant profit. Unfortunately, some of these companies are making the mistake of setting their sights offshore, in search of cheap labor in the construction of their PC boards.
Every business faces problems from time to time, but the trick is to find the best and most cost effective way of resolving those issues. In some cases, you may find that this involves thinking outside of the box, and looking to a third party for assistance. Regardless of how big or small your electronic's company's troubles are, professional electronic manufacturing solutions can handle them for you. Here's a look at a few of the many problems that electronic manufacturing solutions can assist you with.
Without the help of rigorous testing and assembly compliances, the whole process of PC Board assembly wouldn't be able to endure the life cycle of being a PCB and more than likely would fail much sooner than later. All of those tests aren't just for the sake of testing, they are implemented to make sure that everything is in working order and the board itself can withstand extreme heat, cold, and even weight distribution and tolerances. However, the tests themselves even need to have perfect ratings--especially when it comes to tolerances, in particular.Tolerances are what the PCB will go through in order to pass all of its testing, making sure it can work properly in certain situations without short circuiting, breaking, or shutting down completely. But most importantly, there are also tolerances during the design phase to make sure that the board is "balanced" when it comes to all of its components and won't suffer from breakage or overload.
One of the most costly things that can happen to a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) is that it could break and have to be replaced--especially if the PCB is old. Instead of having to redesign and reassemble newer components, which will take lots of time and money, parts on a PCB can be replaced or even repaired. In fact, entire PCBs can be repaired which can help keep down costs significantly.
These days, everyone is talking about the benefits of reshoring. This new whitepaper is just the latest major release talking about why you should consider moving your PC board assembly and other electronics manufacturing needs back to the United States. Much of the ground it covers is similar to discussions we've had in past blogs. However, some of the longer-term implications they find are even more worrisome: