PCB fabricator is an acronym for printed circuit board also known as “plastic wiring cards” or “plastic wiring boards”. In simple terms, it is a board made up of lines and pads connecting several points together. Its prime purpose is to conduct signals and power from the connectors to electronic components. PCB fabrication is the latest technology replacing vacuum tube and relays, to integrated circuits and silicon. PCB assembly involves a very complex process, having more than 20 components on a board working seamlessly, it’s a work of art. Below is a summary of the various types of PCB fabricators being used on different electronics.
Single sided PCB fabricators are the simplest form printed circuit board manufacturers produce. They comprise of only one conductive coating and it’s the reason it is commonly used in mass production of low-density designs.
Double sided PCB fabricators are the most popularly used PCBs. With double layers, they support routing of traces around each other. This is made possible by use of vias which increases the design flexibility. They are relatively cheap but it prone to electromagnetic interference.
Here, PCBs density and complexity increases by introducing over thirty layers compacted together. Such complexity allows room for advanced PCB electronics and the designs are also used as power planes. Thermal dissipation is possible with a multi-coat PCB
4.Flexible Backing PCBs
One revolution that ever occurred in PCBs, it’s when flexible PCBs were introduced. They allowed repeatable interconnections between electronic boards and provide room for repeatable interconnections. Complex connections were reduced to very simple electronic assemblies.
5.Rigidised Flexible PCBs
It comprises of two types of PCBs fused into one. The flexible PCB section reinforced with a rigid backing to minimize extreme flexing of ICs. Unlike the previous PCBs, this PCB can fit into tighter devices spots.
Lastly, we have another type of PCB fabricator that is commonly used when dealing with high power applications. In issues such as thermal heat dissipation, this aluminum-backed PCB is the ultimate solution. The fusion of a thin circuit layer backed by a thick aluminum layer makes it possible for components to cool down under heavy loads.
These PCB fabricators have their special use on different devices. Some are built to withstand complex components with different power surges, while others are basically meant for small gadgets.