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Made in California Series: Stanford CPD Tour East Bay PCB Electronics Factory


Friday July 10, 2015 – Made possible by SyncFab’s Made in California Factory Tours Initiative – the PCB Electronics Factory Tour organized for Stanford’s Center for Professional Development was a tremendous success. The private guided tour co-hosted by the Factory CEO and SyncFab provided visiting Stanford CPD students with direct exposure to onsite planning and fabrication logistics for electronics PCB prototyping and Diamond Track Manufacturing Process that includes advanced cleaning, selective soldering, purchasing and inventory management, process control, inspection and test, and process validation. These activities enhance productivity, product control, quality, and integrity of PCB Board Manufacture leading to certifications: ISO 9001:2008, ISO13485:2003 medical devices quality, and quality system regulation 21 CFR 820. Accordingly the toured facility which has been in operation since 1982 has prototyped for FitBit, LeapFrog and Google amongst other clients. Stanford CPD PCB Factory Tour
Finished Industrial Application PCB Board. This is the brain or “intelligence” behind most hardware and IoT internet of things devices.
PCB Board
Students were walked through the PCB Manufacture process from start to finish beginning with PCB Board “pasting” or laser etching.
PCB Paste Printing
PCB Board Laser Etching “pasting” machine.
PCB Board Grid Laser Printer
With the laser etched PCB board the chip component placement plan could then be logged and executed on the Pick and Place machine.
PCB Pick and Place
PCB Board Component Pick and Place Machine.
PCB Board Component Pick and Place
Pick and Place Machine in Action:
Visiting Stanford CPD students from various engineering and design backgrounds had many questions while inspecting the operating machinery during the prototyping process.
Stanford CPD PCB Factory Visit Pick and Place
With the completed automated assembly of the PCB Board component circuitry grid buildout then they enter nitrgoen facilitated selective soldering.PCB Automated Soldering
Those PCB Boards requiring special handling were followed up with Hand Assembly.
PCB Hand Assembly
Following the selective soldering the PCB Boards then needed to be thoroughly washed and decontaminated for optimal circuitry signalling and energy efficiency.
PCB Board Wash DecontaminationStanford CPD PCB Factory Tour SyncFab
With a complete decontaminated PCB Board then the Testing and Integration process would begin
PCB Testing and Integration
Stanford CPD students came well prepared with many of of their own hardware device invention prototyping questions which were particularly relevant to the testing and integration stage underpinning why it is so important to prototype and troubleshoot locally to your engineering team. This is so that required modifications to the PCB Board Grid restructuring or other modifications can be worked out rapidly to accelerate turnaround time with intended functionality.
Stanford CPD PCB Testing

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