The printed circuit board (PCB) industry has been around for many years, and despite people saying that it is not relevant or needed anymore, it has continued to grow by leaps and bounds year after year. In fact, in the United States, there has been positive growth in the PCB industry for the first five months of 2016. This is according to the IPC.
The printed circuit board is not going away soon because it is a fundamental component of any type of electronic product.
The PCB has two basic functions essential to any type of electronic material:
First, it gives mechanical support to the physical electronic components, and it connect the components so that said components will be able to interact with the user of the product.
If you look at it more closely, the highly dense interconnections of PCBs are the main building blocks of an electronic machine or gadget. It is not only used in consumer electronics and household appliances such as televisions, computers, printers, microwave ovens, and cell phones, but they are also used in military and aviation equipment.
A company called Imagineering Inc. has been manufacturing printed circuit boards for the last 30 years. Their experience and expertise have given them a reputation in the PCB manufacturing industry. They have gained the trust of clients, mostly big-name companies such as GE, Boeing, Whirlpool, Data logic, and many others. For more company details, visit our website at www.pcbnet.com.
Part of the growth and innovation of Imagineering Inc. is having a website, pcbnet, where actual customers can get real quotes. At pcbnet, we also provide customers with an easy online ordering system that lays out all the information needed to fabricate boards.
Pcbnet just asks for clients to input certain specification and quantities and they should be able to get a quote and order at a click of a button.
First off, the online ordering system at pcbnet asks for the number of layers. A PCB has a layered structure. It is designed and formed by fabricators with multiple copper layers. Imagineering Inc. can easily manufacture up to 14 copper layers. We use more compact components in order to stack up the copper layers in as little space as possible. High Density Interconnect (HDI) technology makes it possible for the PCB’s many layers to connect with each other. Aside from the number of layers, customers also have to decide on materials and thickness. Imagineering Inc. offers five thickness levels, starting from .062 inches to .125 inches.
It is also important to decide which type of finish plating will be used on its surface. This is a crucial decision because it left unprotected, the copper layers of the PCB will oxidize and will be useless. There are several choices for the finish plating which includes leader solder, lead-free solder, immersion gold, immersion silver, white tin, and OSP.
Lead and Lead-free plating is cheap and safe. It is also widely available and has an excellent shelf life. However, it results in uneven surfaces, gives thermal shock, and contains lead, which studies show has harmful long-term effects on people’s health. Immersion tin is a good choice, but it is difficult to measure its thickness and it is not good for multiple reflow or assembly processes. OSP is Organic Solder ability Preservative. It is cost-effective and reworkable, but it has a short shelf life. Immersion gold and silver are the best choices, but they are both quite expensive.
Clients can also choose the copper weight, from 1 to 4 ounces. You can also choose the sizes of the following: smallest holes and minimum trace/space. Clients can also choose whether to mask and silkscreen all sides, just the top side, or only the bottom side.
Testing is an important part of our process, but in the interest of time, clients can also opt to not test the final product. Quantities may also be customized, ranging from just five boards, to 5,000 boards.
At Imagineering Inc. we have made a decision to keep a lot of work on American soil instead of contracting countries in Asia. This is actually a major trend. More and more American companies are keeping jobs in the country instead of outsourcing them, and as a result a report was recently published that by the year 2020, the United States will surpass China as the top manufacturing country in the world.