Printed circuit boards are quick and easy to make by adding a layer of copper to the board to connect the wires and components. They are very affordable to produce and feature in all types of electronic products, such as military equipment, cell phones and computers. Here are several of the major pros and cons:
Short-circuit is minimal
The printed circuit boards rely on the embedded copper tracks that are extremely effective at preventing issues with a short-circuit or wrong wiring. Plus, it is easy for the manufacturer to test the board using a computer before it is actually printed. A benefit of testing the board during the manufacturing process means there is very little chance of experiencing errors when in use.
Inspection is not needed
Because the boards are specially designed and printed using a computer there is no reason for further inspection. The likelihood of broken circuits is significantly less than the process of preparing the boards manually.
The maintenance of the printed circuit boards is that much easier because the components are fixed in place with no loose parts or complex wiring on the board. With every component fixed solidly in place it is much easier to identify the different parts. Also, because the design of the board is quite simple, the ability to provide maintenance is much more straightforward.
Great for reproducing
The printed circuit boards are a highly attractive option for the business that plans to use a lot with the exact same design and specification. Because these boards are printed from a computer, it is much easier to be consistent and replicate the board as many times as necessary. The manual process would be very slow to attempt to create a high volume of identical boards.
The printed circuit boards are the most practical option if planning to mass produce a single design. Once the initial design has been printed and etched onto the copper board it is fast and affordable to reproduce multiple boards within a relevantly short time-frame.
The printed circuit boards are intended for a single use. If you plan to use a different type of circuit it will be necessary to design a new board from scratch. There are some types of boards that give greater flexibility in use, such as the bread boards.
Etching process isn’t environmentally friendly
The etching process to produce the printed circuit boards rely on certain types of chemicals that can have a negative impact on the environment.
Updating isn’t possible
Once the board has been printed by the computer, it isn’t possible to go back and make any changes. If extra parts or components are needed, it is necessary to reprint the entire design. This is certain to be inconvenient if you only intend to test a single component on the board.