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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 […]


“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 […]


5 criteria for a quality PCB prototyping company

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As the electronics engineering industry continues to grow apace, so does the PCB manufacturing industry, in tandem, to service its needs. With this comes a wider choice for you, the consumer. On the one hand, more choice should mean finding the right supplier easier, but it can also be a bewildering task. It’s vital that […]


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, […]


Our PCB production process just got a ‘hole’ lot quicker!

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Hi 5 have now completed the investment plans for the 2012/2013 financial year and, with it, upgraded their PCB production process. We have invested in two pieces of high technology equipment which further enhance our capability to produce quality printed circuit boards in the shortest possible time. Our AOI, a Lloyd Doyle Excalibur, was selected […]


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 […]


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 […]


PCB board manufacturers – an introduction

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A PCB or ‘Printed Circuit Board’ is best described as a thin board, constructed from fibreglass or  similar material. This unsung hero of our age actually began life in the 1940s but of course has been developed and improved massively since then, specifically becoming considerably smaller and more compact in that time. Usually, most printed […]


PCB milling – the advantages

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You may be more familiar with the more well known process of chemical PCB etching rather than PCB milling – so what’s the difference, as either method is capable of producing high quality printed circuit boards? PCB milling is a subtractive process which means it involves the removal of areas of copper from a sheet […]