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What is PCB design?

PCB design, or printed circuit board design, is the process where the layout of a PCB is created, to ensure when physically made, the PCB works efficiently. The design of a PCB has a significant impact on how it works and how reliable the product will be. The design process is usually started using software which innovatively merges component routing and placement before the circuit board is physically made.

Our design process

1. Specification

The first step the design process is to develop a clear specification of your product. Our design team will work with you to create your specification. This is the most important step as it will ensure that both parties have a clear scope and outcome for the project.

Subjects covered in the specification are (but not limited to):

  • Desired functionalities and capabilities of the product
  • The type of environment(s) that the product will be exposed to
  • The life-cycle & expectancy
  • Consideration of build materials

2. Proof of Concept

Using the Specifications, our engineers will then use off-the-shelf development kits to develop a “proof of concept”. This stage of the design will determine the types of technology used to achieve the goals of the product and whether the product concept is viable within the given budget and time-frame.

3. Schematic Capture & Design

The proof of concept will then be captured as schematic design. It shows all the components required and how they are connected. Think of the schematic design as a recipe, the ingredients are the components and all the engineers need to do is follow the recipe for the product build. Once the schematic for the circuit has been captured, simulations may take place to ensure the design is accurate.

4. PCB Component Placement and Routing

Using PCB design software such as Altium, all the required components on the working schematic design will be placed on a digital PCB board.

After our design team has placed all the components, connections between the components will be created, again following the schematic design “recipe”.

5. Design for Manufacture

Hetech will always ensure that your product is designed to conform to modern manufacturing practices. As an in-house Design and Manufacturing company, we have access to valuable direct manufacturing feedback. This will assist in reducing your manufacturing overheads.

6. Final Delivery

After extensive testing and revisions and all parties are happy, we have a final product!

Our team will export all your final design files and provide all documentation required to manufacture and operate your product. The PCB design will be as Gerber Files ready for the manufacturing process. A bill of materials will also be included to give information about specific components, materials and equipment required.

Electronics design experts

The Hetech team have over 25 years of experience designing, assembling and manufacturing printed circuit boards. Our expertise will ensure during the PCB design process your PCB will be created in the most efficient, effective and economical way, helping to create a more cost-effective and reliable PCB. Our experience in electronics design will ensure you can move to the next stage of manufacturing seamlessly and flawlessly.

We utilise the latest design innovations

At Hetech, we don’t just offer a one-size-fits-all solution. We carefully consider the purpose and requirements of a PCB before we begin the design process. Then, as we move to the assembly stage, we carefully consider which technology, e.g. through-hole or surface mount, will create the most effective and reliable PCB.

Our team

We employ a dedicated team of in-house electronics design experts who are able to provide feedback and guidance for your PCB requirements. Every member of our team has the experience and knowledge required to offer dependable feedback you can count on.

The next step

If you’d like more information about PCB design and Hetech, contact us today! Our team can design all types of PCB, including multilayer, flex, single and double-sided and rigid-flex for unlimited applications. Get in touch with us today to discuss your order and for a design quote.

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