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How to Ensure Your Quick Turn PCB Will Not Be Delayed

Written by Angie Brown - General Manager
Posted on January 19, 2017 at 3:57 PM

When it comes to manufacturing, time is of the essence. Worries about how fast your printed circuit board (PCB) order will arrive and whether it's on time is largely in the hands of the manufacturer, but what can you do to to ensure the process moves as quickly as possible?

Choosing to work with a high quality quick turn PCB services supplier is obviously the first step.  As the oldest existing printed circuit board supplier in the United States, not only can we help you construct highly reliable custom products, but we can give you the tips you need to ensure your PCB orders won’t get delayed.

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How to Minimize Risk When Your PCB Manufacturing Factory Closes

Written by Ed McMahon - CEO
Posted on January 10, 2017 at 11:45 AM

In 2016 there were ten printed circuit board (PCB) factories that closed in the United States, including some highly sophisticated shops that were part of the TTM/Viasystems merger. Having been involved in the closing and transfer of part numbers for fifteen PCB facilities in the past twelve years, we have some first-hand advice as to how you can best minimize the risk as you change suppliers.

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RoHS Compliance Standards Beyond High Tg PCB

Written by Chris Perry - Printed Circuit Board Supply Chain Manager
Posted on December 27, 2016 at 2:02 PM

As a contract manufacturer, say you receive a new circuit board part to assemble that is 6-layers with a high micro-via count, has blind and buried vias, and a lead free HASL finish. The circuit board laminate requirement for meeting the Restriction of Hazardous Substances, or RoHS compliance, is strictly Glass Transition Temperature(Tg) 170.

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Understanding Bow and Twist of Printed Circuit Boards

Written by Chris Perry - Printed Circuit Board Supply Chain Manager
Posted on December 15, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Bow and twist of printed circuit boards (PCB) routinely rank among the highest levels of falsely identified non-conformance because it is perhaps the least understood. Envisioning a perfectly flat rigid circuit board as the standard is a fallacy believed by many incoming inspectors. Understanding the reasons and causes for PCB bow and twist can help resolve the issue at the board design stage.

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At Epec, Printed Circuit Boards Are In Our Blood

Written by Ed McMahon - CEO
Posted on October 7, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Epec Engineered Technologies is one of the oldest printed circuit board companies in the U.S., building PCBs since 1952. Epec is one of the founding members of the Institute of Printed Circuits (IPC), created in 1957 to help advance the PCB industry. While visiting a customer I was asked, “Has the introduction of your new products like custom battery packs and energy efficient EC fans taken your focus and attention off of PCBs?” While I assured the customer that we are fully dedicated to printed circuit boards, it occurred to me that as a company, we need to better demonstrate that dedication to our customers.

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Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing: Then and Now

Written by Angie Brown - General Manager
Posted on September 16, 2016 at 10:30 AM

History of PCB Manufacturing

When I started working in the printed circuit board manufacturing business 34 years ago, I believed it was a temporary job to pay the bills. Just until I was able to figure out what I really wanted to do. That was in 1982, working at a small PCB shop. 

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Incoming Inspection of Printed Circuit Boards

Written by Chris Perry - Printed Circuit Board Supply Chain Manager
Posted on June 30, 2016 at 1:30 PM

As printed circuit board (PCB) designs get more demanding with advances in technology involving complex footprints and added costs to components, incoming inspection of printed circuit boards must take higher priority.

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Epec PCB Engineering Support: Around The Clock Commitment

Written by Angie Brown - General Manager
Posted on June 21, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Epec’s printed circuit board (PCB) engineering team is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have 6 full-time PCB CAM Engineers in the United States, along with 2 more full-time at our Shenzhen, China office. Our U.S. CAM Engineers work on 2 separate shifts, so we really do have assistance available 24/7.

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High Tech PCB Manufacturers: Advantages of a Mid-Sized Operation

Written by Ed McMahon - CEO
Posted on May 10, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Back when laser drilling equipment was north of $1M, or when plasma etch equipment was so dangerous that it needed to be housed in a special room, only the largest companies could afford to purchase the equipment required to manufacture the highest technology printed circuit boards (PCBs). The only way to maintain good yields was to staff a squad of highly experienced engineers who understood the nuances of that specific facility equipment. Today, times and technology have changed dramatically to the point where this is no longer the case, allowing for more efficient mid-sized high tech PCB manufacturers to exist.

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PCB Design For Manufacturing Analysis: Beyond DRC

Written by Al Wright - PCB Field Applications Engineer
Posted on May 4, 2016 at 2:46 PM

Your PCB design for manufacturing is critical to the success of your final application. Design features which make your board difficult to build add cost to your product, either by slowing down the production process, or by increasing the scrap rate.

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