When the roof starts to leak and the floors begin to creak, you know a home makeover is long overdue. But how do you know when your PCB manufacturing line needs an extreme upgrade to the latest technology? Printed circuit boards and their uses have evolved and changed dramatically since their introduction in the 1940s, and so have their manufacturing methods. But that doesn’t mean that everyone is on the same page when it comes to staying in tune with today’s advanced miniature boards designed for highly sophisticated electronics.
In the not so distant past, there were limited choices for welding plastics – i.e. gluing or vibration/ultrasonic welding; and while both have their advantages and ideal applications, they are not up to the task of handling today’s smaller and more sophisticated product designs that use plastics.
It can be confusing to compare typical plastic welding methods and determine which one is best for joining plastics in your product design application. In this post, we’re going to give you a quick Plastic Welding 101 tutorial on the pros and cons of each type of plastic joining process and provide you some guidelines on ideal applications for each.
That nirvana state of ideation – when the virtual light bulb comes on over your head and illuminates a new PCB design for a next-generation product – makes you want to jump up and create it NOW! That’s where PCB prototyping can put you on the fast track from ideation to creation of new and advanced PCB designs. There’s nothing more satisfying to a designer than holding a working prototype in your hands, testing it and seeing if it works the way you envisioned it. Right?
Like the mild mannered reporter, depaneling doesn’t stand out in the crowd compared to PCB design, circuit etching, and component placement. But depaneling is really an overlooked potential superhero in the PCB manufacturing process. Do it right, and you can meet or even increase production yield goals and rule the plant floor. Do it wrong, or do it with the wrong tools or process, and you could end up being the villain with damaged components, too much waste, and not enough production yield.
Pumps, catheters, diagnostic valves . . . when you’re combining clear plastic parts, major headaches can occur. Traditional laser transmission welding requires one half of the component being joined to be laser-transmissive (allowing laser light to pass through), while the other half is laser-absorbing, thereby creating a surface which can melt and create a bond. The challenge when welding two clear (and laser transmissive) pieces of plastic together, is that the laser light simply transmits through both halves of the component, as there is no absorbing material present to heat and melt in order to create the bond. But solving that problem created another.