Why Should You Prototype Your Surface Mount Control Boards?

Printed circuit boards are the beating heart of essentially any electronic product, and prototyping your control board prior to full production can save money and time.

Prototyping offers several advantages. For one, it gives you the ability to test various configurations for maximum efficiency.

And when you work with a company that provides in-house prototyping, you cut down on the time it takes to create prototypes.

As you build your PCB prototype, it’s important to keep in mind the fabrication specifications of your product. These design requirements include:

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Maximizing Productivity for Electronic Assemblies

To ensure that quality products arrive on time, you need an expedited feedback loop from engineering and design to prototyping and the manufacturing floor.

That’s where design for manufacturability comes in. It’s a design method that takes manufacturing aspects into consideration early in the process, creating an environment in which several disciplines work together to make sure the design leads to cost-effective manufacturing.

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The Benefits of Mold Flow Analysis

In this week’s blog post, we’ll be discussing mold flow analysis, and why it’s important to plastic injection molding design projects.

Mold flow analysis (or MFA) uses software to create a simulation of plastic flow, allowing manufacturers to enhance the design of their mold and create a better product.

By conducting mold flow analysis, manufacturers can get a glimpse into how the material they are using will fill the cavity of a mold, and spot possible problems. Creating a virtual version of the mold before the physical cutting begins allows you to make changes and save on production costs.

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Embedded Software Control System Basics

What Is A Control System?

A control system manages the behavior of other devices or systems.

According to Wikipedia “The term ‘control system’ may be applied to the essentially manual controls that allow an operator, for example, to close and open a hydraulic press, perhaps including logic so that it cannot be moved unless safety guards are in place.”

An automatic sequential control system may trigger a series of mechanical actuators in the correct sequence to perform a task. For example, various electric and pneumatic transducers may fold and glue a cardboard box, fill it with product and then seal it in an automatic packaging machine. Programmable logic controllers are used in many cases such as this, but several alternative technologies exist.

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