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Benefits of Printed Circuit Boards

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are a massive part of just about every piece of electronic equipment that we have in our everyday lives. The computer you use, the phone in your pocket, your television, and so much more rely on these boards. It is through the use of PCBs that many electronics have been able to be reduced in size over the years, although there are certainly some large and complex circuit boards that are still used in many pieces of equipment. Those who are making equipment that features electronic components will find that there are many advantages to using printed circuit boards today. Let’s get a closer look at some of these advantages.

A Compact Solution

A printed circuit board can contain a number of parts and elements. Because they utilize copper tracks rather than actual wires, it allows for the same types of results without using current-carrying wires. The boards are smaller and they are not as bulky. This is one of the reasons that so many different types of electronic devices are smaller than they were in the past. The PCBs have helped to push technology forward in a number of different ways. It’s now possible to have highly complicated circuits in very small packages.

Saving Time and Energy

One of the best benefits of using printed circuit boards is the amount of time that can be saved. Connecting components traditionally takes a lot of time, whereas the circuit board will take far less time to assemble once the design is complete. The design phase is often what takes the most amount of time with printed circuit boards, but even this can be reduced when using the right type of software for its creation. Advanced Circuits actually provides customers with a free piece of software called PCB Artist. It is easy and intuitive to use and it provides a relatively simple way to design and test the printed circuit board before moving on to the rest of the process.

No Loose Connections

The connections in the printed circuit board are made through the copy tracks, and as long as they have been manufactured properly, you are not going to have to deal with short circuits or loose connections. Compare this to other methods using actual wires, which could become loose when the board moved. In some cases, the wire itself might have a connection problem. This can all be difficult to trace and to locate the source of the actual problem. With printed circuit boards, these types of issues are nonexistent. If there are problems with the board, it tends to be easy to diagnose and to repair.

A Reliable Option

It’s no accident that so many companies and individuals today are making use of printed circuit boards. They are a reliable solution that can work for a wide range of uses and products both large and small. They can last a long time when they have been made properly, which will give people more confidence with the electronics they are using. This is true whether that device might be a phone, a computer, or a military-grade piece of equipment that is used in a less than forgiving environment.

Low Costs

Of course, when it comes to creating and manufacturing various types of electrical goods, the cost is very important. Fortunately, once the circuit board has been designed and tested to ensure that it is working properly, mass production is very affordable. There are fewer components being used in most cases, which helps to reduce the cost to an affordable level for most companies.

Importance of a Good Manufacturer

Something that can’t be stressed enough is just how important it will be to make sure that you are working with a good manufacturer throughout the production process. You don’t want to simply look for the cheapest option available because you can never be fully sure of whether they are putting in the effort on their part to ensure that the printed circuit boards are working properly at the start of manufacturing. Some companies will use lower-quality parts for the assembly, or they might even outsource their assembly to a company that you have never heard of before.

It is important to choose a company that is able to provide high-quality boards and that has the attention to detail needed to get them right the first time. You want to choose a quality printed circuit board manufacturer that cares about the quality of your boards as much as you care. Advanced Circuits has a wealth of benefits that help to make it a top choice whether you need a prototype, a handful of boards, or you need a large number of printed circuit boards.

What Do We Offer?

When it comes time to printed circuit boards, Advanced Circuits provides a multitude of options and advantages. Our company has been in the field for more than 25 years and we are the third-largest printed circuit board manufacturer in the United States. Advanced Circuits is highly reliable and can provide all of the manufacturing and assembly right at our facility. We do not outsource any portion of the manufacturing process. We are not a broker, which means that not only are we able to take care of the manufacturing at the facility, but it also means that we can ship out very quickly. In fact, it is sometimes possible to have orders shipped out on the same day that they are placed.

Advanced Circuits has around the clock tech support available, and customers can receive instant quotes on orders and reorders. There are no tooling charges for standard specs, and the tooling charges will be waived for those who reorder the same standard spec order as a custom order.

One of the other benefits is the free PCB Artist software we offer. This software and the free file review help you to ensure that you have created the board properly before moving onto printing them. The software is filled with features and has more than even options that cost thousands of dollars.

Printed circuit boards have a number of benefits, and it is now easier than ever to get exactly what you need. Let Advanced Circuits help.

 

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