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What is Reverse Engineering and What Does it Mean For Your PCB Design

Posted On May 2 2022

Reverse engineering services from Levison Enterprises are designed to breathe life back into your legacy project. Whenever a legacy product becomes obsolete due to parts procurement issues, the original PCB design plans and Gerber files aren’t always available. You could have a really great, reliable product, but without available parts, you can no longer build to that exact design. Reverse engineering services can provide solutions to keep your product marketable by merging old technology with new. Partnering with an ECM who offers reverse engineering services can help keep component obsolescence from becoming a major problem in your product’s life cycleQuality testing printed circuit board..

What is Reverse Engineering? 

Reverse engineering is the process of analyzing an existing product’s components to understand how it was put together and how it works. It’s often used in research by designers wanting to make an add-on or complementary product for an existing machine, device, or product as well as to create a replica design of the source product. 

It’s also used in situations where an engineered product or technology isn’t functioning as it’s supposed to, requiring it to be deconstructed and engineered to understand where the errors or flaws occurred, or to streamline the design for better functionality. 

Electronic systems and mechanical devices can be reverse engineered, making this branch of design engineering tremendously helpful in situations where parts obsolescence may hinder a legacy product's ability to remain marketable. 

Levison Enterprises offers more than electronic assembly. We also offer electronic design, custom prototype, PCBA manufacture and PCB assembly

How Does Reverse Engineering Work? 

Much like it sounds, a reverse engineering project works backwards from the finished product to determine the design and technology used in the development. The results of the data concluded from this process allows us to refine or reproduce the product, even without the original design plans.

What are the Benefits of Reverse Engineering? 

Reverse engineering will help you gain a thorough and detailed understanding of the processes used in the creation, manufacture, or development of your product. While product improvement is usually the main driving force of reverse engineering, here are some additional benefits of outsourcing to a shop offering reverse engineering services: 

  • Mitigate Parts Obsolescence

Component obsolescence is a continuous issue we face in the electronic industry. Technology moves fast, and it’s not uncommon for widely used parts to become unavailable. Designers and manufacturers need to find an alternative component or redesign the product to utilize available parts. Completely replacing a component isn’t always cost effective. The solution is often found in retrofitting or reverse engineering. 
  • Revive Legacy Designs

Reverse engineering is the perfect solution for products that are no longer manufactured and lack the drawings to reproduce them. 

  • Meld Old Technology with New Technology

Reverse engineering can meld old technology with new technology to streamline a design for better functionality.

  • Keep Up with Technological Advances

Reverse engineering can bring older technology up to date to meet new performance standards. 

  • Save Costs and Stay on Budget 

In many cases, a legacy product only requires slight adjustments to remain functional. Reverse engineering helps reduce cost by analyzing which parts make up the product to recreate it at a lower price. 

  • Keeps Proven and Trusted Design Viability Longer

Reverse engineering helps keep an existing, reliable product viable longer. 

Why Partner with Us? 

If your company has ideas that require cutting edge design and engineering advice, Levison Enterprises has the perfect blend of expertise, knowledge, and creative skills to help keep your product viable. 

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Our engineers are equipped with extensive industry knowledge, state of the art equipment, and the capabilities to troubleshoot electronic assemblies and PCBs to ensure your product functions as needed. Improving your legacy product design is easily attainable with the help of Levison Enterprises. Contact us today for a quote on your next build.