When you are in the process of designing your PCBs, you are undoubtedly looking for ways to minimize cost without sacrificing quality. That is why it is important to keep a few printed circuit board tips in mind in order to help you simplify assembly and get the PCBs you need. Use a good drawing package that locates components you are using on your PCB and consult your manufacturer to ensure the finish you chose will work best with their assembly process. When it is necessary to have components on both sides of your PCB you will want to keep your sensitive, heavy or through-hole components on the primary side. In addition, any components that need special attention should be on the primary side as well.
Automated vs. Hand Assembly for Your Printed Circuit Board
Whether you choose automated or hand assembly for your printed circuit board order, the choice will ultimately affect your budget and production time. If you have a low volume of PCBs that you need manufactured, assembly by hand is a viable option. However, a high volume run may require automated assembly because it can be more cost efficient. Also consider the fact that the volume of your run is not only determined by the number of PCBs you order but also the number of components you have on each PCB. Be sure to contact a PCB expert at Advanced Circuits to determine the volume of your run and whether automated or hand assembly is best for your needs.