Electronic Design, Electronic Manufacturing, Product Development

Engineering, Circuit Board Design & Assembly of an Insertion Card Reader for the Access Control Industry

insertion card reader circuit board
insertion card reader circuit board
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reader card circuit board
reader card circuit board assembly
reader card circuit board assembly
reader card circuit board assembly
reader card circuit board assembly
 reader card circuit board assembly
reader card circuit board assembly

M.A.K.S, Incorporated provides contract electronics manufacturing services (EMS), including electronic engineering and PCB design and assembly to customers in a variety of industries. For this project, we partnered with a manufacturer of commercial access control devices. The project consisted of the design and development of an insertion card reader. The card reader is integrated into a door lock system for the hotel and hospitality industry. It is designed to read smart, memory, and magstripe keycards, and is used to provide hotel guests with secured access to guest rooms and facilities as well as monitor staff access via keycard audits.

PCB assemblies were arrayed in four piece panels and scored for detachment into two boards. When laying out a PCB, we optimize the manufacturing process to ensure our customers receive premium quality PCB assemblies at the lowest possible prices. Boards were assembled using SMT assembly with selective soldering for thru hole components. In addition to manufacturing and assembly, we also designed and programmed the embedded software for this high security application. Electronic components were protected with conformal coating to ensure reliable performance through harsh outdoor environments. The electronics were assembled into a custom designed tamper-proof housing. The finished housing is 2.49" x 2.45" x 1.8" and designed to be integrated into the physical door lock mechanism.

Card readers feature a three year battery life with a low battery indicator to ensure continued performance and customer convenience. Prior to shipment, the card readers were tested on-site for functionality and packed into static resistant and shock-resistant shipping containers.

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Highlights of this Contract Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) & PCB Design Project

Product Name   Insertion Card Reader
Industry for Use   Access Control (for Hospitality) Industry
Product Description   This product is an Electronic Door Lock Card Reader that reads smart, memory and magstripe keycards. Designed for access control of hotel guest rooms and facilities, as well as back-of-the-house areas.
Features/Benefits   High Security and Tamperproof Design
Staff Monitoring via Keycard Audits (smartcard)
Battery Life up to 3 Years
Low Battery Indicator
Lock Programming not erased during battery replacement
Audits not erased during battery replacement
SMT Assembly
Contract Electronics Manufacturing Capabilities Applied/Processes  
Electronic Engineering and Design
Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Layout
Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Assembly
Component Sourcing and Kitting
Selective Soldering for Thru-Hole Components
Component Programming
Conformal Coating
Design Work Completed   Electronic Hardware
Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Layout
Embedded Software Design
In process testing/inspection performed   Functionality Testing
Standards Met   Customer Specifications, CAD Drawing
Overall Product Dimensions  
PCB (scored for detachment into
two boards and arrayed in a 4
piece panel)
  • Length: 3.490"
  • Width: 2.25"
  • Height: 0.062"
Finished Assembly in Housing
  • Length: 2.49"
  • Width: 2.45"
  • Height: 1.8"
Packaging   Plastic Housing
Static Resistant Shipping Container
Shock Resistant Shipping Container
Volume   Medium
Delivery Location   Michigan
Product Name   Insertion Card Reader


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