Through the need to rapid prototype electronic systems, EEA has incorporated low volume electronics manufacture to its suite of services.
This allows fast prove out of designs so they can be developed and taken to market quicker.
Read on to see how we turn conceptual electronic designs into working products...
Once electronics design is complete, we send the circuit board (PCB) design off to a number of reputable suppliers in China.
Through our relationships with them, we usually receive the PCB's back within one to two weeks.
Having a number of suppliers, each with there own specialities, ensures quality, timely delivery and optimum cost.
Once a board has been unpacked and inspected, preparation begins for solder paste application.
Contaminates are removed from the board and the board is carefully aligned and clamped with its stencil.
The board is then checked closely to ensure all pads are aligned.
Solder paste is then applied onto the stencil and the board is moved carefully onto the pick and place machine.
Depending on board size, multiple boards maybe placed into the pick and place machine at a time.
With all coordinates output from the electronics design software, the machine accurately picks each component and places it onto the boards.
The first board generally takes the longest ensuring there are no missed or misplaced parts.
Subsequent boards can be assembled at a much faster rate.
Once all components are correctly located on the board, the board is moved to the oven where the soldering process is completed.
Each board has its own reflow temperature profile depending on component and solder specifications.
Boards are then removed after the process is complete and inspected thoroughly to ensure no 'tombstoning' or solder bridging has occurred.
Once the boards are put through the oven, they are inspected under microscope to ensure all components are placed properly.
After inspection, they are tested by the electronics technician and then by the firmware engineer, before continuing development with them.
Having a complete electronics lab allows us to understand and modify prototype circuit boards if necessary, sometimes saving weeks of re-manufacturing time.
More About EEA
Element Engineering Australia was founded in 2010 by Ayrton Sue primarily as a Mechanical Engineering Consultancy specializing in advanced structural analysis.
Today, EEA has Mechanical, Electronic and Software Engineering teams and services
Product Design is Our Speciality
EEA's specialty has become development of products from ground up, with our clients.
With boiler-making background we can undertake design through manufacture of mechanical structures. And with our electronic and software skills, we can build IoT Systems.
With the introduction of specialized electronics engineering and software development teams, EEA can develop mechanical products that are monitored and actuated by smart electronic and software systems.
EEA aim's to build smart mechanical systems to bring the products we work on to the forefront of their domains.
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