PCBs are plentiful and can be found everywhere, and across industries too.
If you’ve used an electronic device or innovative technology in the last week or so then there’s a high chance that you’ve handled a PCB. Here are 5 of the most common uses for it.
Computers, tablets and smartphones have PCBs inside them. The circuit boards themselves are getting smaller but offer more connections, which make for creative design.
Communications devices such as radios and smartwatches will have them, as do smart home appliances, namely microwaves, refrigerators and smart plugs. There’s bound to be more use for PCBs due to the proliferation of the Internet of Things.
In the healthcare industry technology is quickly gaining ground in terms of capabilities, particularly monitoring, diagnostics and treatment.
From the biggest equipment such as CAT and CT machines to sensors that monitor blood glucose, blood pressure and heart rate, electronics are getting integrated in just about every aspect of patient health and well-being.
Car makers are also leaning towards technology to provide more features and safety protocols.
Design and layout play a huge role in making a successful PCB and integrating it successfully in a car. Integra Sources can show you how it’s done and depending on your preference and application. For automotive parts, it’s all about fitting in and being reliable enough to last years.
Control systems are now mostly electronic, and this is where PCBs come into play. Sensors to detect close objects or blind spots and navigation systems all have special PCBs that are designed to withstand vibration and extreme temperatures.
You may not know it, but PCBs have been an integral part of telecommunications networks and equipment. Although you might assume that everything is wireless, the cell towers and office communications devices all have PCBs in various forms and structures.
PCBs in the telecoms industry are evolving to accommodate faster speeds, including the leap to 5G and UWB, or ultra wideband technology.
Security and Safety Equipment
PCBs make up the backbone of most safety and security systems. The most common use of a PCB board in security is in CCTV, while in safety you’ll find them in alarms and sensors.
The circuit boards in this sector are mostly smaller compared to the others, such as a CT machine, for instance. It has to be carefully made depending on the equipment size and how it will be used.