Pcb Mounts

Written by Kevin Tavolaro
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PCB mounts are a style of high voltage power supplies that can be affixed directly to the printed circuit board ("PCB"). These devices are designed to manage the activity of electricity traveling through a system at high voltages, and are equipped to handle several scenarios. A printed circuit board mount can be configured to accept several types of input voltages, including single phase alternating current, triple phase alternating current, and standard direct current.

Many PCB mounts can be configured to handle all of the potential varieties of electrical input. Newer models even employ a remote control feature, allowing the configuration to be altered as needed, either manually, or in conjunction with a preprogrammed timer signal. These features add to the already self-regulating nature of these devices.

Direct PCB Mounts

Because PCB mounts are affixed directly to the board, they are beneficial in streamlining the transmission process. Due to the direct connection between the board and the mount, the electrical current is not hampered by additional travel through wires and cables. Movement through such channels would only serve to further dissipate the energy level. By containing the flow of electricity, these devices increase the overall reliability of the power supply. In situations where the complexity of a system requires additional wiring, a printed wiring board ("PWB") is used as a substitute, and provides for more detailed connections.

There are many varieties of printed circuit board mounts available, each with their own specific technical advantages. However, the basic principle behind the devices can best be exemplified by the operation of the most rudimentary, homemade variety. The simplest kind of printed control board would be a sheet of basic copper foil, affixed to a piece of plastic. The plastic absorbs the heat generated by the electricity as it is dispersed across the foil, and prevents the circuits from overheating. The electrical components are then soldered onto the sheet of foil, and stabilized by the underlying plastic. The most modern PCB mount still operates in that same basic fashion, as it serves to conduct and relegate energy, while managing the excessive heat that might damage the device.

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