Category: Informational

Why PCB repair is more environmentally friendly than replacement

Why PCB repair is more environmentally friendly than replacement

Looking for faults on a PCB

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Electronics are often viewed as a “cleaner” industry than transportation, industrial chemicals and mining. This may be true after the electronics are manufactured and assembled. However, to reach that point, electronic devices such as printed circuit boards (PCBs) rely on all those “dirty” industries. This impacts the environment, and as a result, many PCB customers are turning to repair or recycling to minimize their reliance on newly manufactured PCBs.

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Small Business Opportunities in Electronics

Small Business Opportunities in Electronics

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The diversity of the electronics industry, combined with the enormous demand for electronics products, creates numerous small business opportunities for entrepreneurs. Broadly, these opportunities allow a small business to break into a seemingly impenetrable industry and carve out a sizable niche.

Opportunities in the electronics business can arise from products you develop or others’ products that you support. Here are a few examples of small business opportunities in electronics:

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The PCB Troubleshooting Flowchart

The PCB Troubleshooting Flowchart

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This PCB Troubleshooting Flowchart was first developed by Huntron Technical Support 25+ years ago and looking at it now is still pertinent to today’s PCB repair environment. It provides a fairly accurate window into the process many technicians and engineers follow when looking to diagnose and repair a printed circuit board (PCB).
In this article we take a closer look each step in the process and offers some suggestions that may help you with your PCB repair procedures.

Troubleshooting flowchart
The Troubleshooting Flowchart
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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Common PCB Testing Strategies

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Common PCB Testing Strategies

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Printed circuit boards (PCBs) can be manufactured quickly. Pick-and-place machines automate the placement of components onto the PCB, and reflow ovens eliminate the need to solder each connection separately. However, high-speed manufacturing requires a PCB testing strategy that can keep up with production. Slow testing can create a bottleneck in your facility.

Every manufacturing process has an inherent failure rate. Placement of solder outside of the designated location can lead to a solder bridge that might be invisible to visual inspection. PCB testing is crucial to:

  • Minimize waste.
  • Reduce returned products.
  • Optimize safety.

Without an adequate testing strategy, your business could face diminished profit margins, unhappy customers and even product liability lawsuits.

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What Is Trending in the World of Printed Circuit Boards?

What Is Trending in the World of Printed Circuit Boards?

modern PCB

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Printed circuit boards (PCBs) were invented over 80 years ago, yet they continue to evolve. These developing PCB trends are specifically tailored to address demands in the current market. Customers now expect electronic devices to be smaller, less expensive and more adaptable.

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To Repair or Not to Repair Your PCBs? That Is the Question

To Repair or Not to Repair Your PCBs? That Is the Question


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Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are the heart of all electronic devices. PCBs are easy to manufacture in mass quantities and can pack a lot of electronic functionality into a compact space. Their space efficiency is achieved by their three-dimensional structure of multiple layers of conductive traces that connect electronic components and insulating material.

When PCBs malfunction, you are faced with the choice of repairing the PCB, replacing the PCB or disposing of the entire electronic device. For some low-cost electronic devices, the best option is to replace the device. However, for expensive or custom-built devices, this may not be an option and you may be limited to PCB repair or replacement.

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