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Adding a Standard Stack-up to Your PCB Documentation

Written by Al Wright
Posted on July 9, 2020 at 9:32 AM

As somebody whose job it is to analyze several multilayer PCB designs per week, I find it surprising whenever I receive a data package that does not include a defined lamination stack-up. The way that the layers are constructed can affect the PCBs performance, so these packages feel like they are missing a potentially important piece of information.

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Standard Materials and Components in Battery Pack Manufacturing

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on June 29, 2020 at 9:54 AM

The development of a battery pack relies on a full understanding of the components that are necessary to supply the right amount of power on demand and at a safe rate, providing adequate recharge times, and providing optimal shelf storage. This step requires fully outlining and providing details regarding the application and power needs of the product.

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PCB Tolerances for Routing, Drilling, and Chemical Plating

Written by Jim Marsh
Posted on June 24, 2020 at 9:42 AM

Having been involved in the printed circuit board (PCB) world for nearly four decades, I continue to see the same drawing mistakes. When declaring PCB tolerances in any given design, the PCB designer must take into consideration the manufacturing of the board itself. In this blog post, we will review some of the issues we commonly see in PCB designs that are not allowing the proper tolerances for the routing, drilling, and plating processes.

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Do You Really Need Lithium or Will Nickel Metal Hydride Suffice - Q&A

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on June 17, 2020 at 9:23 AM

At the conclusion of our webinar, Do You Really Need Lithium or Will Nickel Metal Hydride Suffice, we had several questions submitted to our presenter, Randy Ibrahim, Battery Development Consultant at Epec. We have compiled these questions into a readable format on our blog.

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Challenges of Changing Battery Suppliers on an Existing Design

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on June 16, 2020 at 9:06 AM

Occasionally, customers have to change battery suppliers. There are many different reasons for these changes. It could involve the battery supplier going out of business, the customer may find a supplier that can offer similar batteries at lower prices and faster time-to-market deadlines, the quality of the battery could be lacking, or there is a disruption to the supply chain for the supplier that the customer must make a temporary switch to an optional manufacturer to complete project deadlines.

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Flex Circuit Design Guidelines for High-Current Applications

Written by Paul Tome
Posted on June 11, 2020 at 9:12 AM

Higher current carrying flex circuit designs create challenges that need to be addressed early in the design process to ensure both a manufacturable design and that it will reliably meet the bend requirements. These items range from material types/availability, bend capability/flexibility, impact on standard signal lines, and part cost.

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Developing a Custom Battery Pack with Limited Information

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on June 3, 2020 at 9:31 AM

Creating an application or product requires designs, drawings, and recommendations regarding the function of the application, materials to use, and the dimensions. In addition, a manufacturer also must consider how to power it. Many applications require a portable battery source that can be recharged numerous times and stored safely without future damage.

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Using Flex Heaters with Electronics Operating in Extreme Temperatures

Written by Chris Perry
Posted on May 27, 2020 at 9:14 AM

When we use electronics in commercial settings, one of the major factors that must be taken into consideration is the different temperatures that the circuitry and wiring will experience. Not every electronic device will be used in a stable indoor working environment like an office space.

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5 Methods to Improve Battery Pack Time to Market

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on May 19, 2020 at 9:12 AM

Whether it is a medical device concept, automotive manufacturing, project, industrial application, or consumer product, companies require large and small battery packs that will ensure their electronic devices and machinery have the longest life cycles without any safety issues. Many of hese battery packs need to be custom made for the specific device before they can be marketed.

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Tips to Reduce Non-Recurring Costs for Custom Medical Cables

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on May 14, 2020 at 9:25 AM

Custom medical cable assemblies are critical for today’s healthcare system. Many lifesaving pieces of equipment can function because of the high reliability custom cables that are designed to operate in this demanding environment. Medical cable assemblies may be required to withstand exposure to harsh electromagnetic fields and sterilization procedures while also carrying a biocompatibility rating.

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