Experience and a skilled workforce are essential in the development and assembly of reliable PCB manufacture. While this has always been true, the task is demanding more skill and a greater level of knowledge than ever before.
As PCBs become faster and more complex, technicians and designers need to have a more thorough understanding of how electronic signalling works, and the challenges, threats, and risks involved.
There are two areas that are driving up knowledge levels among market leaders and leading to more reliable PCB manufacture:
1) The first is the way in which consumer’s demands are evolving. New developments in tech are feeding new advancements, fuelling demand for smaller, faster, more durable and reliable solutions.
2) The second driver behind the need for PCB manufacturers and designers to demonstrate a more in-depth knowledge is the impact these developments are having on how new materials and components are impacting circuit operations.
Let me explain how product design is demanding more…
As consumers and product designers want more from their products, the role of a printed circuit board becomes more complex. Faster, smaller, more reliable boards need to be designed in a whole new way.
Each demand on functionality places additional complexity on design and production.
Whether it means introducing multi-layer boards for faster performance or adding planes to protect against noise and maintain the integrity of signal, as other components threaten functionality.
Whilst there are design tools to help with this, there’s no escaping the fact that PCB designers and manufacturers need a more in-depth and thorough understanding of how electrical circuits operate. Each new addition adds complexity and potential risks.