Are smaller PCBs the best option?

One of the most noticeable trends over recent years has been reducing the size of the technology we use on a day-to-day basis. This has meant a big change to PCB manufacturing at UK Electronics as we strive to keep up with the demands of the market.

As one of the top choices for PCB Assembly in the UK, it’s important to make sure we’re aware of the latest changes to manufacturing methods and market demands, as well as looking forward to what might be coming next so we can best prepare for upcoming orders.

This is where PCB prototyping stands out, because as soon as these changes are discussed, it’s important to put the work in to discover what effects this will have. Not only that, but learning of potential problems early means they can be fixed and when customers start to order these units, there’s no delay in providing reliable and high-quality PCBs.

Meeting the demand of modern electronics

PCBs used to be large due to the materials and practises used – as well as the size of the technology they were used in. Depending on the functions of each item, different PCBs were used and in different numbers.

With devices getting smaller, PCB prototyping became important to find new ways to allow these devices to not only exist but function in the way we’ve become accustomed to.

Smartphones, for example, have the power and functions of larger computers and sit in our hands. Considering the size of old PCs, it’s astonishing that we now have these same features in such compact devices, but the PCBs used are not the same. They’ve become smaller and more complex and this is still happening.

While some devices are getting larger, this is not so much due to the technology as it is preference and comfort. Wearable technology is advancing, too, and this still requires even smaller components, so there’s a need for development in both directions, and it’s something we’re pushing at all times at UK Electronics.

How have smaller PCBs matched the larger counterparts?

With our PCB prototyping service, UK Electronics is always at the cutting edge of pushing what PCBs can be going into a future where digital technology is only growing in strength. We’ve adapted to smaller components quickly and have adopted multi-layer units where possible to add more depth to our work.

With different materials, we’ve reduced the cost and improved our PCB manufacturing process to supply high quality units in large numbers in a short amount of time. This means that we can fulfil a range of orders for any kind of components that are required. We’re always looking at ways to improve our service, whether it’s testing new designs, trying new materials or developing new equipment for manufacturing each unit.

By doing this, and comparing modern units to those of even ten years ago, the differences are obvious.

If you’d like to know more about how we can help with PCBs and your needs, get in touch with our team at UK Electronics today!

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