The advancements that we have seen in technology over the decades have been quite astounding. From quill pen and parchment paper to typewriters to computer keyboards, we continue to develop the ways that we operate, communicate, interact, and exist.
The intricacies of today’s technology is really quite mind blowing when you step back to see the big picture. There is technology that we use every single day without truly understanding or even thinking about just how it works. For example, nearly all computers and other electronics have printed circuit boards in them that allow them to function properly. These printed circuit boards, or PCBs, must go through inspections and testing to ensure that they will work in the machines that they are meant for.
PCB inspection and other assembly services
Finding the right printed circuit board assembly services is important for businesses that are selling electronics, especially if they are hoping to turn out a large quantity of those products. Small batch PCB assembly focuses on those companies that do not need quite the amount of volume as some of the major corporations, but on any level, PCB fabrication and assembly is a process that can take time, due to the intricate nature of the pieces. This is why PCB inspection is crucial to the process. PCB inspection occurs near the end of the production process, checking to ensure that each circuit on each board is properly connected, allowing the product as a whole to function as it is meant to.
The evolution of technology
As one might imagine, the industry of printed circuit boards is very involved and in depth. Not only are there intricate circuits on each board, but there can also be multilayer boards. Some of the most common are those that have four, six, eight, or ten layers. However, in the most complex electronics, you could find boards with as many as 42 layers, or even more. Imagine putting something like that together by hand! The time, effort and energy going into such a project would be astronomical. These days, there are machines that assemble printed circuit boards, and are capable of handling any order size, cutting down on the fabrication and assembly time. There are some assemblers who can turn an order around in five days or less, a rate that is about 75% faster than the average time in the industry.
Just 50 or so years after printed circuit boards were first introduced, the PCB industry reached over $7 billion for the first time. And only five years after that, the industry reached over $10 billion, and in the short 12 years that followed, the industry skyrocketed to more than $60 billion. It is an industry that is clearly in high demand, and will clearly continue to grow as our society becomes even more reliant on technology and electronics.