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4 Tips For Working With Printed Circuit Boards

by Johnni Ramos

If you enjoy working with electronics as a hobby outside of your primary job, it is important to know how to work with printed circuit boards or PCB's. With the right information, it can be easy to work with printed circuit boards for your electrical projects. Printed circuit boards are much more sturdy than most people realize and easy to work with once you know how to approach them and what tools to use. 

#1 Clean Your Board

Before you begin working with a printed circuit board, take some time to clean the board. When your circuit board is clean, the soldering process will require less heat. Cleaning a circuit board is really simple. One of the best cleaning products for printed circuit boards is a little isopropyl alcohol and an abrasive scrubbing brush. For a circuit that has corrosion on it, you may need to use a glass fiber pen to clean it with. 

#2 Use Tweezers

Don't try to move around all the parts on your circuit board with your fingers. Instead, invest in a pair of electronic tweezers. Electronic tweezers are easy to use and will make it easier for you to manipulate all the small components on your circuit board. Additionally, using electronic tweezers to move parts around on your circuit board instead of your fingers will make it easier to keep your circuit board clean as you work with it. 

#3 Use A Component Lead Tool

A component lead tool will help you bend and manipulate the components you put on your circuit board to the right specifications. Using a component lead tool can help keep everything in order as you work on your circuit. It is a great tool that can help keep everything organized as you customize your circuit.

#4 Use A Magnifying Glass

Looking at all of those small components every day can really strain your eyes. Don't strain your eyes, invest in a magnifying glass. The best type of magnifying glasses are those with a stand, so you can slide your circuit under the magnifying glass. Magnifying glasses on stands allow you to keep both of your hands free for manipulating and moving components around on your printed circuit board. A magnifying glass will also allow you to keep a closer eye on the quality of your work. 

When working with printed circuit boards, it is important to start with a clean board and use the right tools as you work on your circuit. Electrician's tweezers, a component lead tool, and a magnifying glass are three essential tools to have when working with printed circuit boards. Contact a company like Streamline Circuits for more information and assistance. 

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