Traditional PCB assembly techniques take much longer than automated SMT assembly. So in the past, PCBs were more expensive to produce than now with SMT assembly. In addition, for low-volume PCBs or prototypes commonly needed by design engineers, the cost of producing a handful of PCBs was extremely prohibitive with traditional assembly techniques.
But because of automation and the ability to schedule the manufacturing of a variety of low quantity PCBs simultaneously, SMT assembly reduces production costs to highly attractive price points. Cost-conscious customers should always ensure that the PCB assembly service is capable of automated SMT assembly.
The PCBs designed for SMT assembly use smaller components than in the past, which makes the whole PCB more compact and more compact with more energy efficiency. These advantages enable today’s PCBs to be used on a wide variety of devices, including laptop and laptop computers, smartphones, or machines that require a flat, compact PCB control board instead of a large one.
For these reasons, PCBs manufactured by SMT have gained wide acceptance across the industry, from electronics circuit design engineers to OEM machine designers, among others.