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Several Reasons why Surface Mount (SMT) is the Preferred PCB Assembly Technique

The evolution of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) have range from becoming a compact, efficient and critical component of an extensive diversity of things such as machines, automobiles, computing terminals, PLCs and any other electronic devices. In electronic industries nowadays, PCBs have been a huge stimulus to introducing new developments, technologies and inventions. Recently, the well-known technique in assembling PCBs is Surface Mount Technology (SMT) which is an advanced technique compared to others like the through-hole assembly. The SMT assembly has set the bar in PCB assembling and is considered to be the best for more ways than one.

The reasons below are why the process of manufacturing PCBs are preferably limited to SMT:

The point-to-point and through-hole assembly had been used before but because it requires lots of time effort simply since it needs assemblers have to solder pads and connect the existing wires there, which means not only taking time to solder but also changing the energy level spread throughout the PCB, resulting to the SMT assembly to become well-known. This problem can be solved through SMT because the components are to be soldered on the surface as a replacement for through-hole connection points. The invention of SMT became an essential factor in making manufacturing PCBs automated, helping it to be a time friendly.

Second reason is it can help the spending of assembling it lessen. Greater time is required in using the customary PCB assembly techniques than implementing the automated SMT assembly. Ergo, the SMT assembly is known to be cheaper to produce than those made in the past. Also, for archetype PCBs usually necessary to design engineers, the rate for the production of a handful PCBs was greatly discouraged with the older assembly techniques. Through the innovation of automation and the capability to schedule the manufacturing of a low-quantity PCBs all together, SMT assembly contributed in lowering down the cost of production. Clients who are anxious about the cash they are about to release, they need to make sure that they are capable of the SMT assembly automation.

Lastly, it can enhanced its usability. PCBs that are designed using SMT assembly allow the use of smaller components than before, which grants it to have greater energy efficiency and for it to be more portable. The listed advantages permitted the modern PCBs to be used in many variations of devices such as laptops, computers, smart phones, and other machines which can only be made with these compressed PCB control board than using the large boards. Given these reasons, the PCBs manufactured through SMT have been able to be widely accepted throughout electronic circuit design engineers to OEM machinery designers.