electronics engineering / servo + automation repair
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8 Step Electronic Hardware PCB Clone, Copy + Upgrade Process
1. Obsolete PCB.
In order to reverse engineer a schematic from circuit board we first take your obsolete PCB. We carefully document the circuit board, with photos + schematics then start a BOM (Bill of Materials).
Next we take the PCB + carefully depopulate the components from the PCB. We then clean the board + digitize it for reference.
3. PCB to Schematic.
The PCB is made into a schematic by tracing signals across the board, any extra features are added (if required) + the layout is made. So that your board fits form + function.
4. Convert Schematic to PCB.
The schematic is converted into a PCB being sure to replicate the original design. The Design files are checked + tested then exported to Gerber format for a final check before production.
5. PCB Fabrication.
The Gerber files are sent off for production. Meanwhile components are sourced + recieved ready for population.
6. Component Population.
The PCB is then populated with components, soldered + cleaned.
We then fully test the circuit according to the customers specification. If needed we make test rigs to ensure that the reverse engineered PCB is the same as the original in fit, form + function.
8. Original + New PCB.
The old PCB is now reassembled, and both are delivered back to you. We keep any spare components and all of the designs in case you want to order more in the future.
Our PCB Reverse Engineering Process
There are three main areas to our PCB Reverse Engineering Services, these are namely: PCB Copy, PCB Clone + PCB Upgrade:
PCB Copy + PCB Clone
Assuming the board is obsolete and no longer supported by the manufacturer (OEM) we can make a direct copy of your electronic circuit board. The advantage of this process is that the finished board is identical to the original in form, fit + function.
Reverse Engineering Upgrades
Depending on your needs we can take your original PCB and not only pcb copy + pcb clone it (assuming it is unsupported by the OEM) we can add extra functionality such as extra inputs and outputs or a different control system. The sky is the limit! We can even miniturize your original circuit from through hole board parts to SMD (Surface Mount Device) parts.
Sometimes it makes sense to re-design your system completely, for instance if the circuit board is supported by the OEM. We can engineer your product from the ground up ensuring that you get a custom electronic product for your application.
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