The History of Surface Mount Technology and It’s Advantages

The History of Surface Mount Technology

The History of Surface Mount Technology began in the 1960’s. However, it didn’t become popular until the 1980’s. The original name for this technology was Planar Mounting. IBM designed the majority of the components for these machines.

  • The reduction of human intervention (thus errors).
  • The reduction of labor costs.
  • Additionally, the reduction of production/overhead costs.
  • Repetitive operations support process control quality concepts.
  • Surface Mount enhances production speed.
  • There is an increase in operating speed.
  • Surface Mount increases circuit density.
  • Increased circuit capability.
  • Surface Mount creates adequate performance capability.
  • Also, there is a reduction in heat generation.
  • Furthermore, Surface Mount reduces power consumption.
  • There is a continuation in production enhancement and evolution.
  • Most noteworthy, Surface Mount is useful in combination with through-hole techniques.
  • Surface Mount machines are more costly due to investment in expensive machinery
  • Also, Surface Mount is mostly suitable for small or low power parts as well as low-voltage parts.
  • Unfortunately, solder connections can have damage. This is due to potting compounds going through thermal cycling.
  • Surface Mount requires advanced manual prototype assembly as well as component-level repair. Therefore, requiring skilled operators. This is along with, expensive tooling.
  • Furthermore, most of all these machines require skilled workers. This is due to small components.

Wrapping It Up

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