As a product manufacturer, you’re probably always looking for ways to improve the design and functionality of your product. If you’re considering redevelopment of a product line, one of the changes you should consider is replacing the rigid circuit boards with rigid-flex printed circuit boards instead. If you’re not familiar with these boards, here’s a look at the basics you should know.
What Exactly Are Rigid-Flex Printed Circuit Boards?
Rigid-flex circuit boards are a blend of rigid and flex circuitry. This gives them the best of both designs, with features from both types of boards working together to create a functional unit. Most of the rigid-flex board designs feature several layers of flexible substrates that are attached to rigid circuit boards.
What Are the Benefits of Rigid-Flex Printed Circuit Boards?
The combination of the circuit board designs produces a product with many benefits. Here are a few of the benefits that you might get from investing in this type of circuit board.
- Versatility – The flexible circuitry gives you the freedom to shape the product in virtually any design without sacrificing the precision of the printed circuit board.
- Stability – With so many different layers all working together, these boards have a strong foundation that builds on the structural stability of the rigid circuit board. At the same time, the flexible circuit board provides just enough flexibility and movement that the board isn’t as likely to snap in high-pressure placements.
- Security – When you have a stable circuit board that you can put into just about any application, you’ll have the confidence that your board can maintain the connections necessary for the product to function. This ensures lasting stability and security of the connections for the board to respond and communicate properly.
Where Can You Use Rigid-Flex Printed Circuit Boards?
You can use rigid-flex circuit boards in many different applications, from commercial products to industrial equipment. You can use them in small electronics, manufacturing equipment and even aircraft. Many consumer products, hand-held devices and even medical tools use rigid-flex printed circuit boards in their design. With so many possible applications, you’re sure to be able to use these boards in any design that you’re working on.
Now that you understand the basics of rigid flex circuit boards, you’ll be able to evaluate them objectively to determine if they are right for you. With several advantages to using boards like these, you may find that they are an ideal choice for your new products.Read More