An important question to ask when designing printed circuit boards is, “Will these boards perform as needed in my application?” While it can be easy to simulate the intended use for your PCBs on a small scale, what do you do when working on a multi-million or billion dollar project that has no room for error? For the European Space Agency (ESA), the answer lies within examining PCBs for potential defects long before they are installed in equipment being sent to space.
ESA’s Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory in the Netherlands takes microsections of PCBs being considered for use set in resin and inspects them to see if they meet rigorous space-quality standards. Since components and PCBs are getting smaller and more powerful, it is essential for agencies to do whatever it takes to ensure the circuit boards used will perform as needed.
Getting Your Desired Results from Printed Circuit Boards
The success or failure of any project rests on the quality of parts used. This means that without the right printed circuit boards in place, you may not get the results you need. Having to go back to the drawing board costs precious time and money. Here are areas to consider during the PCB design process that will assist your quest for the perfect boards:
- Intended Use
- Operating Temperature Required
- Size Limitations
- Compliance Requirements
- Compatibility with Various Components
By answering these questions you will be able to come up with a cohesive design that delivers the results you need. Learn more about PCB design and the extensive quality assurance testing that boards undergo by contacting an engineering expert at Advanced Circuits today.