When it comes to assembling a circuit board, there are three ways that it can be accomplished. These include electro-mechanical assembly, plated through-hole technology, or surface mount assembly. All of them are currently in use in the industry, but SMT assemblies are generally the preferred choice.
What is SMT assembly?
The surface mount technology process, or SMT assembly, involves adding components to a printed circuit board. This can be accomplished in two ways: either by hand or by a machine. There are benefits to both processes, and they result in a product that you can use in your system to ensure that the electricity runs smoothly and effectively over the surface.
Why SMT assemblies are the preferred choice
The SMT process is used to create components that are used in a variety of industries, from communications to medicine to aviation to automotive to consumer electronics.
This technique is the preferred choice because it allows for components to be placed on both sides of the printed circuit board. They can also be placed in higher densities, making the board smaller and more powerful.
In general, the components are mounted and/or soldered onto the printed circuit board. One of the major advantages to this process is it saves on costs associated with the number of devices that need to be created and it reduces error rates, as well as having better performance and increased functionality.
The surface mount device was developed after the market demanded electronics that were smaller, cheaper, and faster. The process of through-hole technology assembly couldn’t keep up with the smaller and more complicated technology. Using SMT assemblies, components can be placed 10 times faster than through-hole technology components.
In addition, soldering the components to the surface is more reliable and can be done in less time. This process has also been shown to perform better and be more stable in shake and/or vibration conditions.
Because this process can be done by a machine, many of these boards can be assembled at one time. This further reduces the cost and error rates. It also ensures that each piece will conform to standards and do the job they were created to do.
Even though creating these components by hand is slower than a machine, it’s still a viable way to get reliable parts. It still allows for the piece to be compact and complicated, so it will perform the specific tasks that you’ll need it to perform.
Technology continues to move forward at an alarming rate, and having the components that can keep up but also be powerful and cost effective is important. Since the surface mount technology process began, it has been able to keep up with the industry and give you what you need for your projects.
If you have a project that requires these components, get in touch with Star Engineering Inc. They have the capabilities and expertise to get you what you need.