Author Archives: Keith

Screen printing in PCB production

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The art of screen-printing has long been a mainstay in PCB production, used in many processes from applying etch and plating resists over the copper surface, through to the application of solder and peelable resists and of course, legend or ident inks. It’s probably fair to say that, as technology has advanced over the years, […]


HI5’s new printed circuit board manufacturing equipment

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Our latest acquisition is this drilling machine from Pluritec Industries – the Multistation L. It’s a very high performance micro-drilling machine for Printed Circuit Board manufacturing and features the following key points: •    Flexibility •    Accuracy and repeatability •    High speed productivity •    Minimal space requirements. The boards are loaded and unloaded by an ingenious […]


Prototype PCB assembly and analysis

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In my last post about printed circuit board manufacturing and prototype pcb assembly, we looked at the various finishes that can be applied to printed circuit boards, such as silver or gold. These finishes are just some of the many chemical processes that take place during prototype PCB assembly and manufacture such as Plating, Etching […]


A Happy Finish for PCB Manufacturing

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From my last post about the top-class work (ahem!) done by our Front End Team, I’d like to move onto one of the last processes carried out in printed circuit board manufacturing, i.e. the PCB finish. The “finish” refers to the final coating which will cover the component pads. Sometimes, the via holes (the links […]


“Front End” PCB Manufacturing

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Front End is the term used to describe what is essentially, the start of the PCB manufacturing process. It’s here that a customer’s files will arrive and it’s then down to us to manipulate these files into the various formats used in printed circuit board manufacture. First of all, the customer sends us his “Gerber” […]


PCB Fabrication – Scoring & Routing

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Printed Circuit Board fabrication has come a long way. There was a time when, if a customer ordered 100 PCB’s that’s exactly what he got. 100 individual Printed Circuit Boards. My very first job in the industry, way back in 1978, was to Pin Rout hundreds of boards…all day, every day! We can of course […]


Circuit Board Manufacturers Using Ink-jet Printers

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Back in 2010, we took a step into the unknown and bought an Ink-jet Printer to print our PCB Idents (or Legend, or Comp. Ref…take your pick!) Although we’d seen such machines in action with printed circuit board manufacturers elsewhere, it was unclear at first how such a system would fit into our operation or […]