Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are an essential part of most consumer electronic products and they are also used in the industrial, transportation and medical sectors. A PCB is a mechanical fabrication that comprises of many layers of fiberglass sheets. These sheets are laminated with patterns made of etched copper. The top and bottom parts of these multi-layer boards are made with a base material with copper foil.There are also copper foils on the inner layers of the board. Copper foil acts as its conducting layer. Among all the other raw materials used in fabricating a PCB, copper has the largest cost. It accounts for about 30% of the entire cost of PCB. The number of cores depends on the design of the board.
The PCB is essentially the base that supports and wires the components that are surface-mounted and socketed.It is utilized in order to connect electronic components and making them work by creating conductive pathways.When all the electronic components of a product are connected through a predetermined pathway, it acts as a relay transmission.PCB fabrication or PCB manufacturing is an important part of the entire process because PCB manufacturing quality will result in the reliability and competitiveness of the products.
The technical standards and level of development of the electronics industry rely on the quality of its printed circuit board.
Looking at the PCB industry from a worldwide perspective, its total output comprises of ¼ of the global electronic components industry revenue. According to industry analysis, there is an increasing demand for PCBs, and along with this growth also come an increased demand for precision, complexity, and quality of this product.
There is a projected 3.6% growth in the PCB industry for seven years, from 2015 to 2022. The drivers of this projected growth are the continued widespread use of the PCB in consumer electronics, widespread internet usage, the unprecedented number of users of mobile technology (smartphones and tablets), and the continued upgrade of equipment in health, automotive, aircraft and military industries. More and more PCB applications continue to be discovered every year.
The global PCB fabrication market earns billions of dollars, and when segmented by end-user application, the number one user of manufactured PCBs is the radio electronics industry. This is followed by the health care and pharmaceutical industry, aerospace and defense, industrial electronics, consumer electronics (particularly products such as television, washing machine, and microwave ovens), maritime transport, and the automotive industry.
US-based companies who supply PCBs are enjoying a three-month growth in 2016. There are many PCB suppliers in the United States, but quality PCB fabrication that is trusted by major companies is hard to find. Imagineering, Inc. is an American company based in Illinois that supplies PCBs to more than 2,500 customers. This includes major firms and industry leaders such as NASA, Boeing, Intel, Whirlpool, Sony Electronics, Motorola, Hoover, Lexmark, Westinghouse, GE, and many more. These customers can attest to their competitive prices, excellent customer service, quality, and prompt delivery. Its customer relationship is well-known in the industry, and one of the major core values of the company. They are able to fulfill bulk orders but still maintain quality as they work with offshore facilities in China, Taiwan and Korea. These overseas facilities have passed through stringent quality standards. Despite reservations that these facilities, being overseas will not meet standards, Imagineering has proven that it reliability and promise of quality goes beyond the borders of the US. Outsourcing to these countries means that companies who order in bulk can save due to the principle of economies-of-scale.
The systematic approach of Imagineering when it comes to the PCB fabrication process assures clients that all the basic steps of the manufacturing system is thoroughly checked and monitored. Quality certification bodies such as IPC-A-600 Fhave attested to this. Important steps in the manufacturing process such as PCB etching, drilling, conductor plating, solder resist, and PCB testing are all carefully checked. All issues and problems are averted because they also pay attention to the pre-fabrication step. This is the reason why their PCBs are Class 2 certified. Class 2 means that they are used for dedicated service electronic products where high performance and extended life is required, such as complex business and communication equipment.
Pcbnet provides excellent customer service,the best thing about Imagineering is we can bank on a quality circuit board that will be here when we need it. There is no comparison with off shore competitors who promise cheaper prices.