The way in which businesses design, develop, and manufacture products are always evolving—and the landscape of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) is no exception. Designing PCBs is an intricate process that requires highly skilled professionals dedicated to excellence in quality. From beginning to end, the process must be precise and detailed to avoid many of the common mistakes that are bound to occur along the way. This discussion summarizes five common PCB design mistakes and provides simple ways to avoid them.
For many reasons, it can be somewhat intimidating when you’re finally ready to bring your PCB design to mass production. There are so many electronics, variables, and design specifics to go over before you actually bring a final iteration of your prototype to mass production that it can almost seem too complex to understand at times. There is, however, a simple formula to use, or series of questions you can ask yourself before you bring your final PCB design into mass production.
Problems with PCBs can happen after many years of use, or PCBs can have malfunctions mistakenly built into the board during manufacturing. Most PCBs problems are repairable thanks to their physical nature.
If you’ve ever stared at an idle production floor and wondered what went wrong, you’re not alone. Looking at a non-operating PCB manufacturing floor is truly like watching money go out the window. All you can do is call your clients and explain to them why their shipment is going to be late. But it wouldn’t have to be this way if your PCB manufacturing process was streamlined and efficient. Unfortunately, many manufacturers consistently focus on soliciting new clients, rather than taking the time required to improve services for their incumbent customers. In Part one of this two-part series, we’ve outlined some easy steps you can take to ensure that your production line is living up to its real potential.