Category Archives: PCB production

The 4 best PCB surface finishes

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Scratch the surface and you’ll find there’s a lot more to PCB finishes than you think.  Actually, don’t scratch the surface… that is very much the point.  It is the finish will ultimately protect the copper on the board from oxidation. The possible finishes to your PCB are varied, and can have very different impacts […]


From Gerber to working prototype – a PCB manufacturing overview

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The electronics industry – just as with marketing… even politics – is often guilty of an over reliance on jargon.  This is also true of the ubiquity across the industry of O.P.As (often pointless acronyms). That’s not to say, of course, that the process isn’t complicated, with many precise stages in the process between your […]


Use an overseas or UK prototype PCB manufacturer?

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At Hi5 we enjoy many, many collective years of experience in the design and manufacture of printed circuit boards.  We remain prototype PCB production experts, combining home-grown expertise with UK-based levels of quality and control. Of course we keep our collective eyes closely trained on the global PCB industry and are always keen to keep […]


PCBs for LEDs

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You probably know that printed circuit boards lie right at the heart of our modern lives; at its very core, in terms of powering the electronic devices that we now take for granted.  However, their use may be more ubiquitous than you might have thought.  For instance… have a look up and a think about […]


“i”s and PCBs

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Over the last two years the PCB manufacturing business has had something of a rough time of it.  Firstly, of course, was the small matter of a global recession.  When people have less money in their pocket they are less likely to splurge on items such as the electronic gadgets that have printed circuit boards […]


Recycling and ‘ReUSe’ing PCBs

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Modern high-tech electronics, such as printed circuit boards, are not usually synonymous with a green agenda and its thoughts of recycling. There are many reasons for this disconnect.  Not least of which, this technology moves so fast it’s often not logistically practical to find uses for old electronics, when the industry has very probably moved […]


The flexible circuits revolution

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Imagine printed circuit boards manufactured to be flexible enough to bend and even fold. Welcome to the world of flexible (flex) circuits, which promises to completely change the way electronics devices are made and used. Flex circuits are circuits screen printed on top of flexible substrates. They are likely to make an impact in a […]


5 PCB circuit protection tips

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When designing and manufacturing PCBs, one of the key considerations is ensuring that the circuit is protected. So what steps should you take to ward off potential problems once your design becomes product? Keep circuit protection in mind from the start Leaving your circuit protection considerations until late on in your project can create problems […]


The market takes a chunk out of electronics manufacturing company Apple

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Hanging from the very top of the tree that is the worldwide electronics manufacturing industry… is Apple.  Manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, this electronics manufacturing company has managed to dominate in the communications and computing industries, keeping Asian PCB designers in business.  Well, at least that’s what we all thought. Interestingly, you may have […]


Hi5 Electronics achieves new UL recognition, boosting PCB manufacturing.

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Hi5 Electronics are proud to announce that, after a project lasting several months, we have achieved UL recognition for an extension of our Metal Backed (Insulatedmetal substrate, IMS ) printed circuit boards. This new approval boosts our UK PCB manufacturing process and allows us to manufacture laminate in-house, which both can massively reduce lead times […]