A simple solution made easy by 3D printing14th September 2018
Testing each printed circuit board assembly (PBCA) is a crucial part of our contract electronics manufacturing process.
This can range from detailed visual inspection, using advanced electronic scanning and magnification systems, to specially designed test rigs – often referred to as a bed of nails – to prove both the integrity of each circuit and the functionality of each board.
Sometimes, however, the simplest solution can have a big impact on checking that every board we produce meets the highest standards. For example, our recent investment in 3D printing technology has enabled us to produce test masks as a quick and easy way of confirming that components are mounted in the correct position and alignment.
A mask is custom printed in hard-wearing plastic to match the exact dimensions and layout of each board. At an appropriate stage in the manufacturing process, the mask is simply fitted over the board, with holes in the mask locating over individual components. If all holes correctly match, then each component has been accurately fitted; any discrepancy and further quality checks are carried out.
This quick, simple but extremely effective solution is helping us improve productivity and quality levels still further, and is part of our ongoing commitment to deliver the best possible service to every customer.
To find out more about our unique approach, please email [email protected]