Everything about PCBs (development stages+ advantages+ disadvantages+ top manufacturers)

What is PCB?

PCB stands for Printed Circuit Board. It is also known as a PC board. It is actually a non-conducted material with printed conductive lines. Here, electronic components generally get mounted on the board and for the proper connection of the components for the work circuit, the mechanism uses some traces.

PCB is a popular technology and its applications are also popular in the field of healthcare. Some common, as well as popular PCB applications, are CT scanners, X-Ray screens, ultrasonic scans, and so on. All these applications or machines use the electronic component in order to function. Apart from this, medical monitoring devices such as heart rate and blood pressure monitors, blood glucose monitors, and so on are also common applications that use PCB technology.

How are PCBs made?

When this technology is taking the healthcare sector to a better position and ensuring proper treatment with an accurate diagnosis system, we all are really thankful for this technology. It is saving more lives each day than we can’t even imagine. Accurate diagnosis is important when it comes to treating patients in the best possible ways in a short span of time. When the technology is helping us at this level, it is common that we all will have the interest to know how PCBs are made. Below, we are giving you a step-by-step guide so that you can know the steps that professionals spend effort on in order to ensure the smooth and accurate usage of its applications.

1.      Quote and order

2.      CAD CAM software 2 for the PCB design

3.      Drilling

4.      Multi-layer vacuum lamination

5.      X-ray hole drilling (fabrication process)

6.      Direct metallization or the black hole line creation

7.      Laser direct imaging

8.      Electrolytic copper and tin plating

9.      The Strip-Etch Strip Line

10.  Automatic Optical inspection or PCB computer inspection

11.  Solder Resist

12.  The immersion silver line creation

13.  Legend printing

14.  Drilling and routing

15.  PCB fabrication for the electrical test

16.  Final inspection

17.  Packing and dispatch

18.  Waste management

Top PCB manufacturers: FLEX, CLS, ELTK, SMTX, and so on

These are the 18 steps that professionals or manufacturers follow while preparing the technology and its applications for us. There are some applications that have just brought a revolution to human lives and saving us in a variety of ways. PCB is one of those technologies.

Benefits of using the PCB

Just like any other revolutionary technology on this planet, it also brings lots of benefits to us. Application users to common people- everyone gets a lot of benefits via this technology. There are some popular benefits that direct application users or professionals are enjoying today such as-

·         Compact size and true saving of wire

·         Easy to repair and diagnostic

·         Saves a lot of time

·         It is also immune to movement

·         No longer tight connections and short circuits are required

·         Low electronic noise

·         Cost-effective

·         Proper reliability

Disadvantage of PCB

You may know that here used copper tracks are very thin and they cannot carry a large amount or volume of current (electricity power). And that’s why it is not suitable for applications that require heavy currents. If we try to use PCB in applications that require heavy currents, the strips will be automatically heated up and lead the application to a lot of complicated issues. In order to deal with those issues, professionals have to be always ready with a high level of precautions. If it gets overheated, the entire system can be damaged instantly.

Still, we will say this technology has taken the healthcare sector to the next level. Patients are getting faster and the best treatment due to accurate diagnosis with the help of PCB technology.


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