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The Future of Through-Hole Technology in 2024: A Resilient Legacy in Modern Electronics

 Apr 22, 2024

Through Hole Technology
Through-hole technology (THT) has been a cornerstone of the printed circuit board assembly for many years. Although surface mount technology (SMT) has gained immense popularity in recent years, THT has maintained its relevance. It continues to play an essential role in the PCB industry. As we enter into 2024, the future of through-hole technology still appears bright, mainly owing to its adaptability, resilience, and so on. Are you intrigued to know how this is possible? Read this post to learn more.

5 Reasons Why THT Components Will Continue to be in Limelight through 2024

     The following pointers will help you understand why THT will continue in demand in 2024. 

  • THT and SMT- A Blended Approach: The demand for miniature yet reliable electronic devices is rising. This is where the synergy of THT and SMT comes into the picture. This hybrid approach capitalizes on the strengths of SMT: high density, miniaturization, and efficiency, combined with mechanical strength and reliability. However, in many mission-critical applications such as aerospace, military, automotive, and so on, where solid connections and durability are paramount – THT remains the best choice.
  • THT Helps Build Strong Bonds with Board: Many high-powered devices feature PCBs with through-hole components. These components are supported by pins and solder, which creates strong bonds with the board. THT is reliable, so it is used in aerospace and military products where extreme environments may be involved and board failure may not be an option.
  • Revival in Prototyping and Hobbyist Sectors: The sustained interest in through-hole technology is due to the prototyping and DIY electronics community. The ease of soldering and de-soldering components makes it ideal for testing and prototyping.
  • Sustainability Considerations: Sustainable manufacturing has emerged as a choice among electronics manufacturers. The through-hole technology is evolving continuously to meet the requirements of sustainability. Efforts are underway to develop eco-friendly substrates, lead-free soldering materials, and processes, which help minimize the ecological impact of THT. The ease of repair and durability of these components help minimize electronic waste.
  • Low Cost of Assembly: THT PCB assemblies are more affordable than SMT assemblies due to the low cost of THT components. The components are large and easy to handle, which helps reduce the risk of damage during the assembly. Also, this low-cost feature benefits companies considering low-cost prototyping alternatives.
As we navigate through 2024, it’s clear that PCB through-hole technology will continue to be a part of modern electronics. Its adaptability, reliability, flexibility, and mechanical strength make it a choice for electronics manufacturers. With a renewed focus on affordability and adaptability as well as blending of both methods, through-hole technology will continue to be an essential part of the electronics assembly landscape. Do you want to leverage this technology for your prototypes and high-power applications? If that sounds positive, you must partner with an experienced services provider like Accelerated Assemblies. The company offers the latest technical capabilities to meet your demanding requirements. Whether you want to assemble the product with through-hole technology, BGA or micro-BGA, the experts at the company will work closely with you to ensure 100% satisfaction.   

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