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How to Specify Dielectric Call-outs in Your PCB Design

Written by Jim Marsh
Posted on January 13, 2021 at 9:19 AM

As printed circuit boards (PCBs) progressed, requiring their functions to be more and more complex and diverse, the number of layers increased from 1-2 layers, up to 4-30 layers, with 4-12-layer boards being more typical.

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Common Failures in Lithium Battery Packs

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on January 5, 2021 at 9:45 AM

With electronics becoming more portable and lightweight, they require batteries that offer long hours of battery life before recharging. Lithium batteries are becoming common place in electronics such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets as they can last for up to 2 years to 5 years. However, failures can cause lithium battery packs to malfunction. The type of problem will be based on the construction of the battery pack, how it is charged, how it is used and handled, and environmental factors.

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Temperature and Power Limits for Polyimide Flexible Heaters

Written by Ed McMahon
Posted on December 29, 2020 at 9:15 AM

Polyimide flexible heaters are highly desired in industries such as aerospace, medical, food service, military, and others to provide controlled heat in specified areas in their applications. This heater type may be used in instrument panels inside aircraft to provide moisture-control properties and to prevent the systems from malfunctioning due to extreme cold temperatures at high altitudes. They may also be found in medical diagnostic devices, analytical test equipment, optoelectronic components, and many other applications.

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10993 Biocompatibility for Cable Assemblies

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on December 17, 2020 at 10:15 AM

Cable assemblies used in the medical the industries have to be biocompatible, made of a material that will not cause issues or adverse effects when coming in contact with the body. The material should not cause any type of toxicity (whether it is to the skin or to internal organs, bone, blood, or tissues) that could endanger a person's health.

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5 Custom Cable Overmold Designs with No Tooling Expense

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on December 10, 2020 at 9:14 AM

Overmolded cable assemblies are widely known for their superior performance, attractive cosmetics, and the fact that they can be customized for nearly any application. But overmolded cables also require a sizable investment in hard tooling well before the first cables are ever produced.

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Peak Season Challenges in a Not-So-Normal Year

Written by Kendall Paradise
Posted on December 2, 2020 at 10:41 AM

Those of us who make our livings managing supply chain, the time of the year between Halloween and New Year’s Eve is always on the tense side. Known as the “Peak Season”, it seems to start earlier and earlier the more people turn to e-commerce.

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Reducing Risk in Your Custom Cable Assembly - Q&A

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on December 1, 2020 at 9:18 AM

At the conclusion of our webinar, Reducing Risk in Your Custom Cable Assembly - we had several questions submitted to our presenter, Steven J. Goodman, User Interface & Cable Assembly Product Manager at Epec. We have compiled these questions into a readable format on our blog.

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Circuit Board Guidelines: Copper Weight vs. Lines and Spacing

Written by Angie Brown
Posted on November 24, 2020 at 8:56 AM

When I think of the song, “Through the Years” by Kenny Rogers from 1981 (played at my high school graduation in 1982), I wouldn’t have imagined I would still be in the printed circuit board (PCB) industry. Yes, 1982! Wow. There are several nostalgic “things” about the time spent in the industry that still remind me of my hometown, family, friends, the U.S., my first real job doing something I had never heard of, hoping to make ends meet.

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Incorporating LVDS Pairs into Your Multi-Conductor Cable

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on November 18, 2020 at 9:31 AM

When it comes to selecting the appropriate cable type for a multi-conductor , there seems to be an endless combination of wire sizes, jacket materials, conductor arrangements, and shielding methodologies.

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Design Considerations When Using Batteries in Portable Devices

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on November 10, 2020 at 8:47 AM

Portable devices are everywhere. When thinking about the top portable devices that we use daily, smartphones, tablets, and laptops will dominate the list. Yet, there are numerous applications that rely on portable devices. Manufacturers of medical devices, military devices and even kid's toys rely on holder and mounting designs to secure batteries in portable devices. How the batteries are secured plays an important factor. These applications can experience a range of extremes such as shocks, vibrations, drops, and temperature fluctuations.

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