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Brian Lowery

Lenexa, MO, United States

Member since May 22, 2013

  • How A Printed Circuit Board Manufacturer Processes A PCB

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    Dating back to the early days of electronics, to the times when it was vacuum tubes that ruled out in the industry, all components making up electronic devices were connected through soldering them together or to tube sockets and terminal strips. These days, however, PCBs manufactured by a printed circuit board manufacturer are now being used to connect components much cheaper and simpler.

    PCBs are very thin boards that have been made from insulating materials. These insulating materials are known to have metal coated surfaces, either at the top or the bottom. Metals will be etched with the use of acid so there will be pathways for electric current to travel through the components which will be surface mounted on boards by the process of soldering.

    The invention as well as the development of the PCB has come so benefit to the world of electronics. It is one of those that have prompted circuits used in electronics to come in smaller sizes and more compact. It also enabled containment using convenient or rugged boards. A circuit board comes with holes. These are what allow the soldering or insertion of components such as capacitors and resistors through automation.

    PCBs are becoming more and more common these days. Almost all electronic appliances operating in homes have these very distinct boards. They often come in many different types. Among the most common appliances that contain these are answering machines, digital clocks, stereos, printers, cellphones, microwave ovens, synthesizers and especially computers.

    The manufacturing of PCBs is a process that is rather complex. Methods will always involve adding and also removing of materials. Boards are made up of backings that are made of non-conductive materials. This is why they need to undergo coating using aluminum, nickel and copper which are conductive materials. Boards may be single-sided, double-sided or multi-layered. What types are essential will usually depend on requirements in terms of complexity, density and spatial needs.

    Once plating of the backing has been done, holes will then be drilled into it. This will allow conduction in between layers and the mounting of electronic components. Following the drilling will be the process of scrubbing for the removal of all conductor particles. Recovered conductive materials may be recycled, although this might be difficult for melted copper.

    So boards will have better adhesion, it is essential that they are etched. Cleaning will follow afterward. The holes drilled in previously are not actually conductive. Hence, they will have to be applied with conductor layers. Electrolysis is usually considered for this.

    The final design will be obtained through photo-imaging. Final thickness shall be obtained by having the copper electroplated to printed circuits. Thin layers of lead or tin solder resists will be applied in order to protect final circuits throughout their next etching. Plating of lead or tin will then be removed, exposing copper particles that do not have to be part of final products.

    There are many resistor types that a printed circuit board manufacturer can consider using. Some of the popularly considered options are volatile organic compounds. Those that come photosensitive in nature may also be opted for. These types can be applied wet or dry. Liquid resistors can be applied through spraying, rolling, silk screening or through using squeegees. Photosensitive types harden when subjected to UV light.

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