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How Surface Mounting Technology Builds Better Products

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 06:00 PM

Surface Mounting Technologies have revolutionized modern manufacturing, and every year, businesses are discovering all the benefits it can bring to their products.

Unlike older "through hole" circuit board design, SMT allows for components to be directly mounted on the surface of the board.  There's no need to have wires directly connecting the top and bottom sides.  This brings a wide variety of new options to circuit design and printing, with very few disadvantages.

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Topics: surface mount technology, through hole technology

What Is The Difference Between SMT and Through Hole Technology?

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Feb 05, 2015 @ 06:00 PM

Surface mounted technology (SMT) has grown in popularity over the past few years and has widely replaced through-hole technology. But why is SMT so preferable to through-hole mounting, and can through-hole still be relevant in certain applications? By taking a few moment's to learn about both methods, you'll gain a thorough understanding of the unique characteristics of the two, the key differences between them, and what it is that makes SMT the preferred option.

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Topics: surface mount technology, through hole mounting

Surface Mount Technology Creates Better Electronics Faster!

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

If your electronics assembly shop isn't using Surface Mount Technologies (SMT) in their processes, you're potentially losing out in numerous ways.  While SMT production isn't a magic bullet, in most cases it creates smaller and more affordable products.

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Topics: surface mount technology, assembly pcb, smt production

Using Stencils in SMT Production

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Oct 09, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

We all know what a stencil is, in the traditional sense. Children often make use of plastic stencil sheets in order to practice drawing shapes, while sign makers and other professionals are able to utilize them to create perfect letters. Here in the world of designing and manufacturing PCBs, though, we rely on laser cut SMT stencils. Although not too far off from the regularly recognized units, these laser cut SMT stencils are much more complex and simplify the process of PCB assembly by making it easier to apply solder paste to the board. This post will cover everything that you need to know about laser cut SMT stencils.

Uses

Throughout the electronics manufacturing process, a stencil may need to be used for a couple of purposes. First and foremost, stencils are a true life-saver when producing a board that relies on surface mount technology (SMT). Another instance when stencils are useful involves the use of automated component placement equipment (with the exception of hand-loaded prototypes. Why? Because it acts as an alternative to the requirement of hand soldering every single component. 

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Topics: surface mount technology, assembly pcb, smt production

Surface Mounted Technology Makes Manufacturing Processes Smooth

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Wed, Nov 06, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Although still a relatively newer concept, surface mounted technology (SMT) is quickly becoming the "go-to" method for mounting components to a printed circuit board (PCB). Are you familiar with SMT processes? Many electronics companies are comfortable with the tried-and-true through-hole mounting process, but SMT can make things a lot simpler and more efficient. To prove this point, here's a look at what surface mounted technology actually is, and when it can be used to make processes smoother for your business. 

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Topics: surface mount technology, smt production, surface mounted technology

SMT Production: Know The Basics Before You Start

Posted by Laura Austin on Tue, Jun 04, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

There are different approaches to mounting components onto a printed circuit board with each method having its own strengths and weaknesses. This brings up the need of understanding what a given circuit is expected to do hence going for an approach that will bring the best in terms or performance and durability out your circuit.

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Topics: SMT Assembly, surface mount technology, smt manufacturing

SMT Production Adds Efficiency To Any Process

Posted by Laura Austin on Tue, Dec 25, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Why SMT?

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Topics: smt manufacturing, surface mount technology, surface mounted technology, smt production, American based SMT production

The Difference Between Through Hole And Surface Mounted Technology

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

As the structure of semi conductors became more complex over time, the packaging technology required significant changes in order to offer added utilities and functionalities. To complement the complexity some new forms of packaging for semiconductor integrated circuits were developed, that were classified based on their mounting style.

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Topics: smt manufacturing, surface mount technology, SMT Assembly, through hole mounting

Best Assembly Solutions: Exceed Your Requirements, Not Your Budget

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, Nov 22, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

When it comes to your own Printed Circuit Board (PCB) solutions, you want the best quality without having to go over budget and lose money. While it may seem like an impossible feat, it doesn't have to be with the help of assembly solutions out there that aren't just out for your money with the worst quality service offered. What kind of solutions are there? And how can they help you save money?

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Topics: pcb assembly, printed circuit board, assembly solutions, PCB product, surface mount technology