A New Resource For Old Equipment: Custom-Manufactured Replacement Circuit Boards

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As the global economy tightens up, more companies are seeking innovative ways to get more life out of their old equipment. One increasingly popular approach is to use replacement PCBs to extend equipment life, add updated capabilities, and enhance system performance.

It's a familiar story for many small manufacturers. The printed circuit board (PCB) controlling a critical piece of equipment fails, bringing the machine -- and an entire production process -- to an abrupt halt. Buying new equipment is prohibitively expensive. But replacement PCBs are no longer available, making repair impossible. Until now.

Reverse engineering firms like Armistead Technologies are filling this rapidly emerging need in the market. Armistead Technologies specializes in the design and short-run manufacture of replacement circuit boards.

"We take your worn-out old circuit board, reverse engineer it, update it with new components, and deliver a brand-new board that plugs right into your old equipment," says John Armistead, founder and owner of Armistead Technologies. "Not only is your equipment up and running again, but it also can be repaired easily because all the electronic components on the board are from currently available stock lists."

One bonus to reverse engineering a custom replacement PCB is that functions can be added to extend the capabilities of the system, creating additional efficiencies.

Since 1995, Armistead Technologies has reverse engineered replacement PC boards for clients in the electronics industry as well as manufacturers and even commercial printers. In addition to reverse engineering services, Armistead Technologies also offers custom PCB manufacturing and assembly, making it a one-stop shop for its customers.

"We do it all," Armistead says. "We're not some offshore company that requires an order of several thousand PCBs. We can reverse engineer and manufacture as few as five or ten replacement PCBs. And we handle everything, from design to assembly, right here in the U.S."

Armistead points out that the cost of reverse engineering and manufacturing a few replacement PCBs is a tiny fraction of the cost of replacing an entire piece of equipment. In most cases, the cost savings are dramatic.

"When a system isn't working any more, you might think your only option is to replace the system," he says. "But you can call in someone like me and just replace the PCB, and keep your current system in operation."

About Armistead Technologies, LLC.
Armistead Technologies is an engineering firm based near Baltimore, Maryland. It was founded in 1989 by John Armistead, a graduate electrical engineer from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Armistead Technologies specializes in reverse engineering printed circuit boards, and re-engineering older PCB designs to be compliant with updated standards and compatibilities.

For more information about getting re-engineered replacement PCBs, visit http://www.armisteadtechnologies.com/replacement-boards.shtml or call John Armistead at (410) 627-2408.

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