Evolution of the PCB Timeline
We look at how the PCB has evolved from its invention last century to the present day. We look at how PCB manufacturer, Newbury Electronics Limited, has evolved with the PCB too.
Photosensitive coatings and photoengraving are invented.
Paul Eisler born in Vienna, Austria.
Arthur Berry patents the print and etch method.
Paul Eisler Invents the PCB.
Paul Eisler leaves Nazi Germany for England and continues PCB research.
Paul Eisler creates a radio with a PCB. Files patent. Soon after, PCBs are integrated into the war effort and become widely used.
Post WWII - PCBs are adopted more widely. PCBs Evolve and begin to shrink in size, allowing inventions to become smaller.
Newbury Electronics is established, producing manufactured circuit boards.
The Institute for Printed Circuits is founded in US.
Newbury begins to produce ‘plated through hole’ PTH circuit boards.
First CNC drill and routing machine is installed.
New Newbury PCB factory is built and opens at Faraday Road.
CADCAM computer aided manufacturing commences. Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI) for bare PCBs introduced.
Multilayer circuit manufacture begins at Newbury.
Laser plotting of PCB artwork is installed.
Flying probe electrical test is installed.
PCB assembly service commences at Newbury. US PCB Production reaches $7.1 billion.
The first pick & place machine for component placement is installed at Newbury.
Periodic reverse pulse plating is installed for electrolytic plating.
The PCB Train online service is launched.
Vacuum lamination multilayer multi-layer press is introduced.
The PCB assembly division moves to new factory (Ampere Road).
Inkjet printing of legends is introduced.
AOI inspection of populated PCBs is introduced.
Laser cut solder paste stencil manufacturing operations starts.
The fifth automatic SMD placement line is installed at Newbury.
2014 and into the Future
Newbury will introduce direct laser imaging of copper plating and resist masks to its PCB production.