Industry Applications for Printed Circuit Boards
As a tool that provides mechanical and electronic connections by routing signals and power through conductive pathways, printed circuit boards are an indispensable part of many electronic components and devices across multiple industries. Manufactured in single sided. double sided, multiple layers, rigid and flexible designs, circuit boards are durable, reliable and cost-effective solutions for electronics manufacturers.
The use of printed circuit boards also supported the need for electronics manufacturers to make smaller devices. As a result, the number of applications that use circuit boards has grown over the past decade.
What Industries and Devices use Printed Circuit Boards?
Here is a partial list of circuit board applications across a variety of industries:
Medical Industry – Imaging devices (X-rays, Ultrasound, MRI), heart monitors, automated drug measuring and dispensing equipment
Scientific Instrumentation – Microscopes, photometers, generator controls, compressor controls
Automotive Industry – Engine Management Systems, fuels regulators, control systems, power supplies, satellite navigation devises
Computer Industry – Motherboards, flex connectors, memory interface cards
Lighting Systems– LED lights, vehicle lights, road signs, aircraft cabin lighting
Security Systems – Alarms (smoke, burglar, fire), electronic door locks, motion sensors
Broadcasting/Audio Industry – Amplifiers, booster stations, receivers, antennae, frequency boards, splitters, mixing desks, microphones
Marine Instrumentation – Dashboards, navigation systems and lights, engine management, power distribution and measurement
Power Industry – Generator controls, compressors, control cabinets
For industrial applications, printed circuit board assemblies are conducive to high power application, such as industrial load testers and high current battery chargers.
Printed circuit boards are also ideal for use in airplanes and helicopters, as flexible boards are able to function well in high vibration, low-temperature environments. They also can be made to fit into tight spaces and are lightweight, important features for use in aircraft.
It is not an overstatement to say that without printed circuit board assemblies, most of the electronics we have today would be much larger, far less reliable and less diverse. It is hard to think of any invention in the electronic industry that has changed the industry as much as circuit boards. And though major improvements to board design and function have happened over the past decade, the fundamental concept of the board has remained the same.
What are Your Needs for Printed Circuit Boards?
Is your business in need of circuit board assemblies? Are you producing circuit board assemblies in-house – but feel like outsourcing it may be advantageous? If so, talk to us at ADCO Circuits.
We offer electronic design, electronic contract manufacturing, and PCB assembly services and electronics to aerospace/military, telecommunications, automotive, industrial/commercial, wireless and medical equipment markets. We provide electronic designing, contract manufacturing, and rapid prototyping and PCB assembly services. We are an ISO 9001, TS 16949 and AS 9100 certified. Our personnel is trained to IPC J-STD-001 class 3 and IPC-A-610 class 3 qualifications. We also have the latest equipment and technology, and advanced information and quality systems to support all of their electronic manufacturing services.