As with all manufactured or processed goods, businesses in the market for printed circuit board assembly go where the money is - or isn't, as the case may be. For the most attractive costs, companies are willing to outsource operations.
To an outsider, printed circuit board assembly in an age of surface mount technology may seem a little like a "paint-by-numbers" trade. However, as electronics continue to shrink in size, PCB manufacturing and assembly face new challenges and must meet a higher standard of expertise to continue servicing the most innovative electronics providers.
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Surface-mount technology has been around since the 1980s as a lead design blueprint for PCBA—but will its past dictate the future?
Every industry has its tips and tricks to reduce costs and make certain processes a little more cost-efficient, and PCBA is no stranger to this.
The Internet of Things is generating a lot of traction in a number of industries, but printed circuit board assembly could stand to gain the most.
The military and defense contractors are now more technologically advanced than ever, and the success of the industry is translating into big paydays in the future for printed circuit board manufacturers.
Athletics have entered the digital age and PCBA is playing a large role in facilitating that transition.
A recent discovery in Tanzania could provide a sharp boost in production for the medical sector of PCBA manufacturing.
It's an undeniable fact that the printed circuit board manufacturing industry has changed incredibly over the last decade alone. Extend this to 20 or 30 years, when personal computers were first hitting the shelves, and the advancements are truly astonishing.