As popularity and demand increase, the PCB industry is anticipated to be worth $128B by 2030, and it’s easy to see why. Printed circuit boards are vital in so many industries – from aerospace to healthcare, they are key components in so many of the electrical devices that keep the world moving forward. These industries, often some of the ones most invested in utilising cutting-edge technology, are encouraging the production of new and inventive styles of PCB. This kind of creativity and efficiency is particularly needed when manufacturing electronics for generating, transmitting, storing and managing energy – particularly for green alternatives.
It’s predicted that in the next decade, 20% of PCBs could be made using more sustainable methods. This is likely to be of interest when designing PCBs for energy components, which are often utilised in solar panels and wind turbines. However, while the goal of sustainability in energy electronic manufacturing is something many companies will be striving for, this shouldn’t come at the expense of durability and performance. At ABL Circuits, we understand the balancing act that is creating reliable and high-quality PCBs that meet our customers’ needs.
Providing bespoke PCB services for over 40 years!
Founded in 1983, we have put time and energy into establishing ourselves as a leading PCB manufacturer, through both our high-quality products and commitment to providing the best possible service to our customers. Our PBC Services encompass every stage of PCB production, and provide vital support to a wide range of clients in various industries.
We are RoHS compliant and ISO 9001-2015 accredited, thanks to our high standards of manufacturing and production. We want our customers to have complete confidence that we can provide them with exactly what they need, no matter how specific their requirements or unique their requests. When it comes to high-quality PCBs we can help with:
- Design – from consultancy to schematics and CAD design.
- Manufacturing – with no minimum or maximum order size.
- Assembly – including sourcing specific materials on request.
- Prototypes – ready to use in as little as 8 hours.
- Reverse engineering – in a way that is economical and often improves on the original board, such as when retro-fitting.
How have we helped previous energy partners?
When it comes to energy PCB services, it’s important to remember the potential issues that can arise from poorly-made PCBs, and the negative impact this can have on the companies that make use of them. PCBs in energy components that aren’t able to endure the high temperatures and harsh conditions will regularly need repairing or replacing, which isn’t cost-effective or sustainable. For the same reasons, well-made PCBs help to reduce the overall time-to-market.
Aside from the potential financial and time-wasting issues that can come from poor-quality PCBs, there is also a significant safety risk. Many of the boards used in this industry deal with storing and converting energy, and if not produced to a high standard can result in electrical shocks or even fires. With these risks in mind, the importance of robust and refined PCBs cannot be overstated. Thankfully, we understand the rigorous standards our PCBs need to meet, and rise to the challenge with expertise and attention to detail. On the rare occasion that something should go wrong with something we have produced, we can ensure that there is a meticulous level of traceability, and identify the source of any problem through QR codes.
We’re proud to have worked closely with and supported our energy partners in producing our PCBs. Some of the companies we have worked with include recognised and respected names such as North Sea Oil and Gas, Datum Electronics and BP Pulse.
How are printed circuit boards used in energy components?
An industry that is constantly evolving and often under intense pressure and scrutiny, there are a huge number of ways in which PCBs are used in energy.
- Batteries – PCBs are key to ensuring optimal performance in batteries, including preventing overheating and overcharging, regulating temperature, and managing charging cycles.
- Wind turbines – PCBs are vital in controlling the blades, and managing the power that they generate.
- Power grids – PCBs control the flow of energy between sources and consumers.
- Solar panels – PCBs are used to connect the photovoltaic cells of a solar panel to each other, and to the inverter.
These are just a few examples of the ways in which PCBs are used in energy components. Energy can be a competitive industry, and the way that the technology used in these processes is constantly changing requires original equipment manufacturers to be on top of their game and up to the task. If you’re an OEM in need of PCBs, or simply looking for more information on how we can provide you with PCBs for any of the above, we would love to hear from you.
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