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Circuit Board Solder Mask - What to Use and What Not to Use

Written by Angie Brown
Posted on May 4, 2021 at 10:12 AM

Remembering back to grammar school and the standard 8-box of Crayola crayons and when they expanded to 16 or 32 colors, never mind 64. If you managed to get this box with the sharpener, you had it made. I love color; the more the better.

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Defining a STEP Model and Its Importance

Written by Michael Concepcion
Posted on April 28, 2021 at 9:00 AM

You may have encountered the acronym STP or STEP while learning about or working on projects that involve computer-aided design. But what exactly is it? A STEP file is a 3D-model file formatted in STEP, which stands for Standard for the Exchange of Product Data. STEP files are used to store 3D-image data in an ASCII format, following the standards defined in ISO 10303-21, introduced by the ISO committee in 1994. This specification created a file structure which could be recognized by multiple modeling programs, thus enhancing the ability for design data to be exchanged.

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IPC Class III vs. MIL Spec for Printed Circuit Boards

Written by Jeff Forbus
Posted on April 20, 2021 at 9:40 AM

When manufacturing printed circuit boards (PCBs), the boards will be classified into specific groups based on the level of quality. Any circuit board developed for IPC Class III has met the strictest requirements levels based on tight minimum tolerances and very high precision standards for mission-critical PCBs that can be used in industries such as aerospace, military, and medical applications. Reaching these specific standards ensures that the PCB will endure a long lifecycle, can withstand up to harsh environments, and will perform at an exceptional level without failure.

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When to Use a Floating Shield on Your Mil-Aero Cable Assembly

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on April 13, 2021 at 10:30 AM

Shielded cables are ubiquitous across nearly all industries. Not to be confused with armored shielding, which is designed to physically protect a cable, shielded cables are used to safeguard against electromagnetic energy and the negative consequences from signal corruption, blown components, or even a failed qualification test. Cable designers will specify whether a shield is required and its general construction. But just adding a shield to a cable may not be enough to achieve the required performance levels that are anticipated.

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Best Practices for Ordering Your High-Tech PCBs Online

Written by Angie Brown
Posted on April 6, 2021 at 9:39 AM

A common misconception for ordering PCBs online is that it can only be low technology/low quantities for prototypes, but that is not the case. At InstantPCBQuote™, we have the capabilities for you to order circuit boards up to 16-layer with high-temp materials, blind and buried vias, and with controlled impedance.

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What to Expect for Battery Development Timelines

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on March 29, 2021 at 9:15 AM

Customers requiring batteries for their products or applications have become savvier when it comes to the developmental phase of the battery packs. They understand that by having researched power requirements, dimensions of the pack compartment, battery chemistries, and cabling specifications, the customer can develop more comprehensive design documents. Then, the battery pack manufacturer can use these specifications to get started on the development and tooling stage immediately.

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Understanding Revision Control in Product Development

Written by Zak Gustavesen
Posted on March 25, 2021 at 9:45 AM

Revision control is the method by which manufacturers and engineers keep individual parts or assemblies documented and tracked. A more simplified definition could be that revision control is a part’s road map. In the world of manufacturing electronics, it is critical that revisions of any product are properly maintained and controlled.

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Designing Accurate Fuel Gauges for Custom Battery Packs

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on March 16, 2021 at 9:45 AM

When designing a custom battery pack, a topic that will come up between the manufacturer and the customer deals with the fuel gauge. The battery fuel gauge can be found in a range of everyday devices that we use, such as cell phones and computers. The function of the fuel gauge is to inform the customer on how much state of charge (SoC) and state of health (SoH) is left in the battery. The fuel gauge can predict the remaining capacity by measuring the voltage, battery temperature, and current.

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Rigid-Flex PCB Stack-ups for Impedance Controlled Designs

Written by Paul Tome
Posted on March 10, 2021 at 10:15 AM

Impedance controlled circuits in a rigid-flex PCB design is a common requirement throughout the industry in a wide range of applications. Having Impedance control, however, does create an additional challenge for designs that have very demanding minimum bend requirements.

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Battery Packs for Medical Devices Requirements and Certification - Q&A

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on March 9, 2021 at 10:23 AM

At the conclusion of our webinar, Battery Packs for Medical Devices: Requirements and Certification - we had several questions submitted to our presenter, Battery Development Consultant Randy Ibrahim. We compiled these into a readable format on our blog.

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