Category Archives: PCB production

Augmented Reality Could Revolutionise PCB Design

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A new augmented reality (AR) smartphone app could help PCB designers visualise, debug and assemble printed circuit boards more easily. Unlike virtual reality, which fully immerses the user in a digital world through a headset or similar device, AR overlays digital content onto an existing reality through a smartphone screen or tablet. One recent example […]


Choosing the Right PCB Manufacturer

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Once you have designed your PCB, you need to get it made. And that means that you need a specialist PCB manufacturer. Getting the right PCB manufacturer is important to the long-term success of your project. Choosing well can make your life much easier but choosing poorly can lead to a lot of grief. Before […]


Chinese importing: Avoid these common PCB sourcing pitfalls in the Year of the Monkey

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Celebrations, parades and fireworks over the weekend marked the end of the Chinese calendar year, and start of the Year of the Monkey. People born in the Year of the Monkey (including those born in 1992, 1980 and 1968) are believed to be quick-witted, curious and mischievous – but the Year of the Monkey is […]


The importance of PCB pre-production

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Hi5 Electronics are PCB pre-production specialists. Our aim is to help designers and product manufacturers achieve the smoothest transition from drawing board to finished electrical product. That’s why we work with customers at every stage of the process. We offer a helping hand through various phases of prototyping, through PCB pre-production and finally, in association […]


PCB manufacturing jargon buster

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CAD Computer Aided Design. Software used by designers to map out a printed circuit board before it is sent to the manufacturer. CAD and CAM are essentially interchangeable terms. Diode Active component which will only conduct current in one direction. Capacitor Passive component which stores electrical charge. Drilling A process which comes after the PCB […]


The PCB Manufacturing Process

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A lot of effort goes into making printed circuit boards, the procedure is extremely rigorous. The procedure varies slightly for different types of PCB. The process for creating a board with a single layer, for example, is slightly simpler than that for multilayer boards. For the purposes of this illustration we shall use a multilayer […]


The PCB Design Process Made Easy

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Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are the base layers of all electronic equipment. A PCB is a circuit’s skeleton, upon which you add layers of components, eventually creating the functional product. While designing an electronic product, developers will identify a need – or an operation that the product should carry out. From this need they will […]


What is PCB pooling?

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Order pooling can help small scale or specialised operations save money on their PCB and prototype costs by sharing fabrication panel space, tools and machine set-ups. The reasoning behind this cost saving is quite simple and can be best illustrated with an example: If Company A requires one 5×3.1 boards and Company B requires one […]


Hi5’s 2014 investment ends with black hole (machine!)

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2014 saw us bid a fond farewell to our venerable Resco Black Hole machine and welcome our new improved machine, manufactured by Lantronic of Holland. What is the Black Hole process? In order to make the holes in a printed circuit board conductive (prior to the copper plating stage), we need to apply a microscopically […]


How to choose PCB components

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The design of a printed circuit board can be a difficult and challenging undertaking.  Of course here at Hi5 we are more than happy to consult on the design of PCBs.  However, if you are keen on Hi5 manufacturing to your own design, here is a 10-point plan of some things you should be thinking […]