Manufacturing 101: A Primer for Testing Your Electronics via @Mindtribe #ManufacturingMonday
Here are some tips and pointers by the folks at MindTribe on inspecting and testing PCBAs prior to full-tilt production. Always insightful advice, and interesting to see what other makers prioritize or integrate into their testing process.
I make sure prototypes, bare boards, and assembled units fresh off the new product line get the testing they need.
In this post, I’m focused on the latter. There’s a whole host of testing options to make sure that your freshly assembled electronics are built correctly and performing up to your specifications.
It’s especially valuable to run a variety of tests on your electronic assemblies right after your PCBAs come out of the SMT line but before they get assembled into mechanical enclosures. That way you can rework faulty PCBAs without having to disassemble them from an enclosure.
And I especially appreciate this section:
So What Else Is There?
Great question! I’m so glad I asked that.
Because I too talk to myself quite often when writing blog posts. (Yes, yes you do, Nick.)
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