Manufacturing Improvement

  • How to Avoid PCB Assembly and Subassembly Redesign

    How to Avoid PCB Assembly and Subassembly Redesign

    No one likes doing the same task over when it could have been done better the first time. By implementing DFM and DFA, you can avoid the wasted time, additional cost, and frustration of PCB assembly a

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  • PCB Design for Sustainable Manufacturing

    PCB Design for Sustainable Manufacturing

    We are rapidly approaching a time when the standard for manufacturing will be sustainability. Choosing components and advocating for smarter material selection are only two of the ways to accomplish.

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  • Can You Afford to Skip the CAM Process When You Tape Out a Printed Circuit Board?

    Can You Afford to Skip the CAM Process When You Tape Out a Printed Circuit Board?

    You may have seen the advertising already. Some PCB fab shops will provide a quotation based on a questionnaire that details the pertinent factors...

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  • What Is Documentation in PCB Manufacturing?

    What Is Documentation in PCB Manufacturing?

    Documenting your entire design process may seem tedious or inconvenient at times, but it ends up being a critical piece of creating a great product. PCB design is no exception.

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  • PCB Dimensions in Manufacturing

    PCB Dimensions in Manufacturing

    In this post, we’ll walk you through the different dimensions and tolerances to consider for the manufacturability of your PCB design.

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  • 10 Common Design for Manufacturing (DFM) Issues and How to Solve Them

    10 Common Design for Manufacturing (DFM) Issues and How to Solve Them

    Every day is a busy for PCB Designers; strict schedules and tight deadlines. From layout to manufacture and testing, a single holdup can cost a business untold amounts in lost productivity.

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  • Gerber vs. CAD: PCB File Formats Demystified

    Gerber vs. CAD: PCB File Formats Demystified

    Today’s PCBs can be quite complex, there are multiple layers of traces, vias, and components that must fit together with a high degree of precision. One small error can turn a PCB into...

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  • Are Acid Traps Still a Problem for PCBs in 2019?

    Are Acid Traps Still a Problem for PCBs in 2019?

    So what exactly are acid traps and are they still a problem in 2019? In this post we’ll get to the root of this old engineering heuristic.

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  • How PCB Panelization Can Improve Your Manufacturing Process

    How PCB Panelization Can Improve Your Manufacturing Process

    PCB panelization is the art of organizing multiple boards on a single panel in order to manufacture more efficiently. From soldering, to component assembly, and even testing...

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  • Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Chamfering in PCB Design

    Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Chamfering in PCB Design

    Take any corner, cut it off, and you’re left with a chamfer. From your child-proof tables to the iconic walls of the Taj Mahal, humans have long used chamfers to solve corner-related problems...

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  • The Designer’s Guide to PCB Solder Defects

    The Designer’s Guide to PCB Solder Defects

    During the inspection process you notice that some passive components aren’t sitting quite right. It seems as though they have pivoted up to stand at attention on one of the two pads that they should

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  • PCB Fabrication Techniques

    PCB Fabrication Techniques

    As a PCB designer, it can be tempting to leave the details of the manufacturing process up to the fabrication house. However a little understanding of the manufacturing process upfront can help...

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  • Everything you need to know about drilling PCB mounting holes

    Everything you need to know about drilling PCB mounting holes

    Mounting holes seem simple enough—they let you mount your PCB to an enclosure or a surface. Simply pick a screw size that makes sense for the size of your board and the surface you wish to mount...

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  • Barcodes In Manufacturing

    Barcodes In Manufacturing

    Barcode technologies also add value to manufacturing processes. The ability to tie large amounts of data to an object via a small code or chip allows for greater accuracy in the manufacturing process.

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  • Backdrilling in PCB Manufacturing

    Backdrilling in PCB Manufacturing

    Plated through holes (PTH) are great. They electrically connect two or more layers together, and serve as convenient connecting points for traces and components throughout a multilayer PCB.

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  • What Is Bare Board Testing?

    What Is Bare Board Testing?

    There’s a point in manufacturing where you’ve got a decision to make. Do you start assembling your bare PCB or electrically test its connectivity for opens and shorts?

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  • Notes on Spacing

    Notes on Spacing

    While our CAD system draws the lines and shapes as the positive elements, it is the space between that ultimately defines the circuit.

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  • Notes On Schematic Capture

    Notes On Schematic Capture

    There once was a time when it was common for the PCB Designer to also capture the schematics. I’m not trying to say that the EE’s came along and broke everything.

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  • Early Stage Design Considerations of Starting a PCB Project from Scratch

    Early Stage Design Considerations of Starting a PCB Project from Scratch

    There’s nothing quite like the smell of hot solder on a Sunday afternoon, tinkering in your basement as you bring a new electronic concept to life. PCBs are the foundation of modern electronics.

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  • Get to Know Your PCB Design Stakeholders

    Get to Know Your PCB Design Stakeholders

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