Printed circuit boards are made by adding layers of copper to the board so that the components and wires are connected. They are featured in all electronic devices and are affordable to produce. PC boards are used in cell phones computers and military equipment. Below are some of the pros and cons associated with PC boards.
Short-circuit is minimal
PC boards use embedded copper tracks which are effective at preventing wrong wiring and short- circuit issues. It is also easy for manufacturers to test the boards using computers before they print them. Testing the boards when manufacturing them ensures there is little chance of errors when using them.
Inspection is not necessary
These boards are designed specifically and printed using computers there is no need for further inspection. Besides, the possibility of broken circuits is significantly lower than boards that are prepared manually.
Maintenance of PC boards is much easier since the components are fixed, and there are no loose parts or complex wiring on the printed circuit board. Every component is fixed in place making it easy to identify the various parts. The fact that the design is simple, providing maintenance is straightforward.
PC boards are the best option if you want mass production of a single design. After printing the first design and etching it onto the copper board, it becomes affordable and fast to reproduce multiple boards within a short time frame.
Printed circuit boards are meant for only a single use. If you intend to use various types of circuits, you may need to design a new board. Other types of boards such as breadboards offer greater flexibility for use as opposed to PC boards.
Etching process is harmful to the environment
The process of etching the boards onto a copper board to produce the PC board depends on some chemicals which harm the environment. This means the process is not environment-friendly.
Updating is impossible
Once you have printed the board using a computer, you cannot go back and make changes. If some parts or components are required, you will have to reprint the whole design. This will inconvenience you wanted to test only one component of the board.
PC boards are used in all electronic products because of the outlined advantages. The disadvantages can be managed, but it is good to know what you are going to encounter before using these boards.