Surface mount technology (SMT) is a method of designing electrical circuits that involves mounting required circuit components directly to the Printed Circuit Board (PCB). This is in contrast to older assembly options, such as through-hole technology which were used prior to the advancement of tools for consistently crafting a reliable surface mount device. Given that this is now a far more accessible option for companies, there are a number of reasons to opt for the surface mount technology process over other circuitry methodologies.
Using reliable manufacturers and seeking out those who are skilled in SMT assemblies allows for incredible accuracy and precision in crafting your product. With the right surface mount technology process, your device can be created using smaller components, and increased precision of placement. In fact, as of 2017, these components measured 0.25 millimetres. The more accurate the device placement, the better your PCB can perform, and the more consistent the results it can yield.
In addition to being able to place the components more precisely, SMT allows components to be placed on both sides of the board and at a much higher density. This means you can fit more devices in the same amount of space as what through hole would allow. Furthermore, each of these components has the space for more connections, as there are no holes blocking routing space.
While the increased density and accuracy of placement enhances the performance of the surface mount device and PCB, using the specialized surface mount technology process makes the product perform better in other ways as well. Specifically, the PCB does better under shock or high vibration conditions, and it offers better performance in electromagnetic capability environments as well.
The initial cost of creating PCBs using a surface mount technology process is less because the process is largely automated: once the machine is set up for SMT assemblies, it is possible to engage in mass production of the specified PCB. This is cost-effective and time-efficient. Furthermore, typically SMT parts cost less than their equivalent through-hole counterparts, offering further reductions in company assembly and manufacturing costs.
Printed circuit boards, like much of technology, are changing quickly: new sophisticated methods of manufacturing and assembly are regularly being developed and it is essential to stay on top of the changes in order to stay competitive in the market. With surface mount technology processes being at the forefront of these changes, this is one area where you don’t want to fall behind.
To make sure you stay up to date and maximize the efficiency and quality of your company’s PCBs, research how SMT may be able to benefit you, and then contact the professionals. Here at Star Engineering, we’re here to help and are happy to see you stay ahead of the game.
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