Archive for December, 2019

Do You Ever Know High Density Interconnect PCBs?

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

HDI PCB (High Density Interconnector PCB), is a printed circuit board having a relatively high line distribution density using the micro-blind and buried hole technology.

It is a process that includes an inner layer line and an outer layer line, then uses a hole and a metallization in the hole to realize a joint function between the inner layers of each layer.

HDI PCB-1
HDI PCB-1

With the development of high-density, high-precision electronic products, the requirements of high-density and high precision are imposed on printed circuit boards. The most effective way to increase the density of pcb is to reduce the number of through holes, and to accurately set the blind holes and buried holes to achieve this requirement, thereby an HDI PCB came into being.

HDI PCBs are finding their way into a growing number of products:

Military communications devices and other strategic equipment

Aerospace – smaller space requirements and light weight are ideal for such applications

Computers and smartphones – phones and computers are taking full advantage of smaller profiles, reduced weight, and increased functionality, made possible through the integration of HDI circuits.

HDI PCB-2
HDI PCB-2

Medical equipment – diagnostic and monitoring equipment has become more reliable and expanded with technical features that aid medical teams with patient treatment, and all of this is powered by HDI PCBs and advanced software.

Benefits of HDI PCB

HDI PCB utilizes buried or blind vias, or a combination, and may also incorporate microvias with an incredibly small diameter. This facilitates the incorporation of more technology in less space, with fewer layers. Multi-layer HDI PCB are also in common use, with many layers being accommodated through various construction methods utilizing blind, buried, stacked, and staggered vias.

With smaller components and blind via in pad technology, components may be placed closer together, resulting in faster signal transmission rates while also reducing crossing delays and signal loss. These are key considerations that generate improved performance of HDI PCBs.

HDI PCBs are preferred for applications where space, performance, reliability, and weight are concerns. This makes them more suitable for nearly every application related to electronics, consumer products, computers, and aeronautics.

Multi-layer HDI PCB can provide strong interconnection of stacked vias, resulting in high levels of reliability, even in more extreme environments.

Considering this, do you ever think about choosing HDI PCB on your next project?

What You Have to Know About FR4 Material

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

FR4 is the most common material grade that comprises fabricated PCB. ‘FR’ indicates the material is flame retardant and the ‘4’ indicates woven glass reinforced epoxy resin. Single or double-sided PCB structures consist of an FR4 core and top and bottom copper layers. Multi-layer boards have additional prepreg layers between the center core and top and bottom copper layers. Now, the core consists of a substrate with copper covering, also referred to as a copper clad laminate. The core, laminate, and prepreg may all be FR4 with the copper sheets between the signal and ground layers.

FR4 PCB
FR4 PCB

The properties of FR4 may vary slightly depending on the manufacturer; however, it generally has favorable strength and water resistance attributes that support its widespread usage as an insulator for many electrical applications. It serves the same purpose in PCBs, namely to isolate adjacent copper planes and provide overall bending and flexural strength for the structure. FR4 is a good general purpose material for PCB fabrication; however, alternative materials are available.

Alternative PCB Materials

Prior to the explosion of multilayer FR4 PCBs, there were many alternative board materials to FR4. These included FR2, CEM 1, and CEM 3, which were paper-based. However, the strength of FR4, especially for multilayer boards, was a major factor in separating it from alternatives to become the industry standard. Today, there are other materials that are used for single-sided, double-sided, non-plated through-hole (NPTH), and multilayer PCBs, in addition to FR4. These are compared in the table below:

FR4 Material VS Other Materials
FR4 Material VS Other Materials

The results above clearly indicate that FR4 is a good general purpose material as its parameters are mostly comparable to the other alternatives. It excels in structural integrity with a 2.0 N/mm copper adhesiveness and matches the alternatives in bending strength.

FR4 PCB
FR4 PCB

FR4 is the most widely-used material in PCB construction. Boards made from FR4 are strong, water resistant, and provide good insulation between copper layers that minimizes interference and supports good signal integrity. At Best Technology, the industry leader in fast, high-quality PCB prototype and PCB manufacturing, we are capable to meet your board material needs for any case. We will work with you to help you select the materials that will best implement your design intent.

Should you have any queries about FR4 material, contact us anytime, and our sales representative will give you a response at our soonest convenience.

Is Automated Assembly Always Better?

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

As a matter of fact, PCB experts will always know the major benefits of automated assembly processes: reduced errors, increased output and consistent quality, however, is automation always better?

The usage of SMT line machines has become standard practice in PCB assembly and is thought to be more efficient; however, SMT machines are not appropriate for every job. Manual assembly is a better option for assembling boards in low quantities or low-volume orders using components with unique properties.

SMT Machine
SMT Machine
Manual Assembly
Manual Assembly

Volume Limits

Volume can be a determining factor of whether or not to assemble by hand. Orders of 10 or less boards, are often best assembled by hand- for reducing production time and faster turnaround.

Characteristics of Component Choices

The characteristics of chosen components should be taken into consideration before assembly. Careful and potentially time-consuming SMT calibration is required to minimize the risk of damage when using components with:

Heat sensitivity

Unusual shape and center of gravity

Inadequate packaging and/or documentation from the manufacturer

Therefore, low-volume orders using components with unique properties and insufficient packaging or documentation should be manually assembled by a skilled technician.

In general, it is best practice to manually assemble boards with a volume limit of 10 or less, simple technology, and when there are a few individual components per board.

SMT lines are preferred for large-volume assembly because they consistently produce quality PCBs and reduce the possibility of error associated with manual assembly. The key to ensuring quality of manual assembled boards is having a well-defined manual process, which is bound to passing through failsafe quality checks that hold hand and automated orders to the same standards.

Anyway, before starting your project, it is highly recommended that you should consult with your PCB service provider regarding your PCB assembly options.

We will be exhibiting at PCB West 2020

Friday, December 13th, 2019

Best Technology, a China- based assembly manufacturer will be exhibiting at PCB West 2020 in Santa Clara, CA at booth No. 514 on September 9, 2020(Western Time). Actually, we have participated in this exhibition for continuous 2 years. Here are some pictures for your reference. At Best Technology’s exhibition booth, attendees will be able to learn more about our company for PCB manufacturing and assembly technology.

at the exhibition booth
at the exhibition booth
Celine is talking with customers
Celine is talking with customers
Marina is talking with customers
Marina is talking with customers
Coco is talking with customers
Coco is talking with customers
at the exhibition booth
at the exhibition booth

For interested professionals, Best Technology had on hand experts to offer detailed insights and experience on PCB assembly, covering prototype and low/high-volume production. For more information on PCB assembly and fabrication, please visit Best Technology’s exhibition booth No.514 at PCB West 2020.

You will see 10mm to 1,500 mm flexible circuit board, from 2 layer rigid-flex circuit to 50 layers, 1/2 OZ copper to 3 OZ, 0.15mm extra thin FR4 PCB to 30 OZ heavy copper, turn-key service from components sourcing,board fabrication(FPC, PCB, MCPCB, Ceramic PCB) and final assembly with programming and testing.

You are warmly welcome to talk more to see how we manage the components wastage and efficiency to help save your time, money and energy.

About PCB West

SANTA CLARA, CA, PCB WEST 2020 PCB West is an annual event sponsored by major electronics manufacturing vendors and attended by electronics engineers, technicians, managers and more. PCB West is a marketing, product launching and career enhancement event that offers a 1-day exhibit and a 3-day conference. You will get more closely connection with new Technology in PCB field from PCB West. 

Welcome to visit us at Booth 514 on September 9, 2020(Western Time).

How to Choose Professional PCB Prototype Assembler

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

OEMs, especially those requiring only a few boards to be assembled, may want to outsource their Printed circuit boards to a professional PCB prototype assembler, rather than assemble the boards in-house. Instead of investing in expensive production equipment, they would prefer to obtain their product from a PCB prototype manufacturer, and have an expert assemble it, so that they have reliable PCBs. Fortunately, an eminent enterprise, Best Technology, provides expert solutions for both manufacturing and assembling PCBs.

Turnkey PCBA Services
Turnkey PCBA services


OEMs are experts in the products they manufacture, but may not be so knowledgeable about the PCBs and assemblies that make up their product. Therefore, some guidelines are necessary to enable them select the professional PCB prototype assembler most suited to their requirements.
Technical Expertise
It is very important to ensure the assembler has the necessary processes in place. For instance, if the OEM requires BGAs on their PCB, they must ensure the assembler is capable of BGA assembly and rework, and they have X-ray machines for verifying their assembly. As most PCBs use surface mount devices, the assembler should be familiar with them to the extent of using automated machinery for SMT assembly.
Working Closely
If the OEM is outsourcing for prototype manufacturing and assembly, it is important that the assembler be willing to work with them for fixing errors in the layout, mistakes in the BOM, and parts that do not match the footprints on the board. The OEM should be able to make the most of the existing board while resolving the problems with the assembler.
Objective of the Outsourcing
To be effective, OEMs must also set their objectives that they expect from the outsourcing partner. This is important, as the objectives may vary. For instance, some may be planning to outsource a single product, others may be shifting their growing volumes to a partner with a higher production capacity, while still others may be looking for reducing costs.
Request for Quotation

FR4 PCB Manufacturer
FR4 PCB Manufacturing


When the OEM sends an RFQ or request for quotation to a PCB prototype assembler, it is important they provide all the commercial and technical information the assembler would need. This holds true even when the OEM is looking for a potential PCB prototype manufacturer.
Management Aspects
To ensure smooth working with the prototype assembler, it will be advantageous to the OEM if they periodically audit their partner, making sure the team has as wide range skills as possible. If necessary, the OEM can transfer some of their skills and knowledge to their partner. A good management practice is to establish regular meetings to make sure activities move on schedule, and the relationship can be discussed at higher levels, while the OEM outlines their strategic plans for the future.
Conclusion
Best Technology, both a professional PCB prototype manufacturer and a PCB prototype assembler, can handle not only prototype jobs, but also take up regular production works and turnkey projects. It meets all the above criteria, has the necessary quality management systems in place, and has the necessary technology and expertise to handle the most complicated board assemblies.

INTERESTING USES OF PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Every electronic appliance in your home contains a printed circuit board (PCB). But do you ever wonder what happens to PCB’ s after they have been used? Tons of PCB’ s are thrown away every year, but thanks to some very creative people, used PCB’ s are being turned into artistic and functional products. We have selected some of our favorites below.

PCB Cufflinks

The PCB cufflink set is the perfect gift for the fashion conscious gent. Each cufflink uses a 16mm square of PCB. What makes these PCB cufflinks even more special is that no two sets will ever be the same.

PCB Cufflinks
PCB Cufflinks

PCB Art

Mr.Steven Rodrig, working for an OEM company, is exposed to PCB’ s often at his workplace and his prior knowledge of ‘Structural Mechanics’ led him to the interesting practice of modelling small sculptures from spare or used PCB’ s.

Steven’s PCB sculpting abilities stretch far beyond single objects or creatures, he can make full scenes from unused PCB’ s. Take a moment to appreciate the sheer intricacy of these sculptures. Countless hours of planning and practice must have gone into getting these to look so neat and tidy.

PCB Art
PCB Art

PCB Business Card

A savvy electrical engineer from The University of Waterloo thought up another fantastic purpose for PCB manufacture – his business cards, with an integrated USB connection!

Could this be a sign of the future? Imagine the data that could be passed over. Not just simple contact details and addresses, but full-on portfolios, video presentations, games, and any other form of digital media. This is a fantastic concept and a great use of PCB’ s.

PCB Business Card
PCB Business Card

PCB’ s have more uses than you might think. Just remember, Best Technology, always being here, dedicates to being your best supplier of printed circuit boards(PCB) with consistent good quality in Asia.