PCB - Complete Guide

Electronics are an integral part of our daily lives. Everything from our smart devices to our cars includes electronic components. At the heart of these electronics is the printed circuit board (PCB).

Most people recognize printed circuit boards when they see them. These are the small green chips covered in lines and copper parts you'll find at the heart of gutted electronic devices. Made with fiberglass, copper lines and other metal parts, these boards are held together with epoxy and insulated with a solder mask. This solder mask is where that characteristic green color comes from.

However, have you ever observed those boards with components solidly stuck on? Never regard them as just decorations of a PCB board. An advanced circuit board won't be able to give its functionality until components are mounted on it. A PCB with components mounted on is called an assembled PCB and the manufacturing process is called PCB assembly or PCBA for short. The copper lines on bare board, called traces, electrically link connectors and components to each other. They run signals between these features, allowing the circuit board to function in a specifically designed way. These functions range from the simple to the complex, and yet the size of PCBs can be smaller than a thumbnail.


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PCB supports X X X X X
PCB standoffs and spacers X X X X X
Card guides, ejectors and pullers X   X X  
PCB mounting block X X X X X
PCB fan accessories X X X X X
PCB LED hardware X X X   X
PCB grommets X   X X X

Printed Circuit Board (PCB) pullers are designed to solve difficult PCB insertion and PCB extraction problems associated with removing large PCB’s and tight gripping multi-pin edge connectors. The PCB pullers use a cam in/out action enabling leverages of up to 4:1. Ease of use, installation and protection from undue stress for damage-free insertions and extractions of PCB’s, components, and connectors are the main benefits from the use of our card guides and pullers. Passivated stainless steel spring pins as per MIL-P-10971 are provided with certain ejectors. Richco PCB pullers have been designed to meet the increasing need to support PCB’s mounted in a vertical position in order to save space. The wide selection of PCB card guides and pullers accommodates various board sizes and allows for paired mounting and gang or tandem mounting.

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PCB - Complete Guide