MICROCON SMD application

3 Reasons to opt for SMT

What exactly is surface-mounted technology (SMT)?

In state-of-the-art SMT, components are placed directly onto the printed circuit board (PCB) to create a so-called surface-mounted device (SMD).

And what is through-hole technology (THT)?

In THT, components are inserted through holes drilled into in the PCB.

We have analyzed the differences of the two technologies in detail. Here are the results in a nutshell.

Efficient

Time & resources are valuable.

In surface-mounted technology, you can mount SMD components on the top and bottom side of the PCB. There's no need to drill holes into the printed circuit board. This is a big advantage when it comes to flexibility and production times.

Small but effective

Flat & easy to use

  • SMT components have extremely low dimensions compared to through-hole devices. The MICROCON SMD, for example, is only 3.5 mm high.
  • Most through-hole mounted components need to be installed manually. Surface-mounted devices, e. g. MICROCON SMD connectors, are delivered in tape-and-reel packaging and can be automatically placed and wired by means of a pick & place machine.
  • Usually, SMD connectors are not suitable for high power applications. The MICROCON SMDP ("P" = power), however, can be used for direct mains voltage supply to electronic PCB.

Safe

Process safety

The mechanical performance in SMT is better, especially under vibration conditions.

Quality control

MICROCON SMD connectors are IECE, OVE and UL approved. They are also tested according to the standard norm for connectors. Our manufacturing processes are regularly examined by independent testing institutes.

MICROCON SMDP for direct mains voltage supply

MICROCON SMD connector with a height of 3.5 mm

"Naked" MICROCON SMD PURE with a height of 2.5 mm