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How to Avoid Fracturing Traces in a Flexible PCB Design

Written by Paul Tome
Posted on October 6, 2022 at 8:19 AM

Contrary to some customers’ perspectives, flex circuits are not indestructible. As with any part that contains a metal if it is bent or handled beyond its physical capabilities it will break. In this blog, we will cover the 3 main causes of fractured or cracked circuits in a flex design and how to prevent them from occurring. We’ll also review how to determine the minimum bend capabilities of a flexible circuit board design.

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Design Options for Low-Cost UL Approved Cable Assemblies - Q&A

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on September 28, 2022 at 8:48 AM

At the conclusion of our webinar, Design Options for Low-Cost UL Approved Cable Assemblies, 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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COTS Enclosures and Reducing Costs in Custom Box Build Designs

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on September 27, 2022 at 8:37 AM

When bringing a new project to market that involves an injection molded enclosure, there will be critical design and sourcing decisions that can have a tremendous impact on the overall project.

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High-Speed PCB Design Considerations for Fabrication

Written by Ed McMahon
Posted on September 21, 2022 at 8:37 AM

While PCB layout typically has played the leading role in high-speed printed circuit board (PCB) applications, the role of the PCB fabricator becomes more and more important as the trend to faster, higher integrated, smaller form factors, and lower power electronic circuits become more prevalent.

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Overmolded Cables Using Pins, Receptacles, and Spring-Loaded Contacts

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on September 15, 2022 at 8:26 AM

Overmolded cable assemblies are extremely common and used for several reasons throughout the electronics industry. The process of overmolding is inexpensive, completely customizable, and, most importantly, produces a rugged and robust part.

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Why Heat Dissipation is Important in Flexible Circuit Board Design

Written by Paul Tome
Posted on September 6, 2022 at 8:23 AM

Heat dissipation is the ability of a part, whether a circuit or any other component, to take the heat that's being generated by a component or an element of the design and to distribute it, dissipate it, and make the heat go away, for lack of a better phrase. This prevents the temperature of the part from continuing to elevate as the device is operated.

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Medical Device Designs: Components, Elements, and Design Priorities

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on September 1, 2022 at 9:22 AM

Designing medical devices is no simple task. The stakes are higher for these devices compared to most other industries. Because of that, medical device engineers need to think carefully about which design elements should be prioritized.

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Choosing The Right PCB Laminate Material For Your Circuit Board

Written by Angie Brown
Posted on August 23, 2022 at 8:54 AM

For all printed circuit boards (PCBs), the main component is the base laminate material. Choosing what you need or want to use is not as simple as it sounds. There are many options out there and many flavors that can be used but how do you know what to pick and how do you note it as my item of choice on the fabrication package?

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Membrane Switch Circuit Design Best Practices

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on August 15, 2022 at 8:22 AM

A membrane switch is a particular type of custom switch assembly built to either open or close an electrical circuit's conducting path. Each layer in the assembly serves its own unique purpose. Custom features can easily be added with the design considerations.

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Fast and Inexpensive Custom USB Cable Assemblies

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on August 10, 2022 at 8:18 AM

Short for "Universal Serial Bus," a USB cable is one that has become a nearly ubiquitous part of our lives, even if some people don't necessarily realize it. Technologically speaking, it involves an industry standard that created precise specifications for not only how these types of cables can be manufactured, but how they can connect one device to another, how power and data can be transmitted, and more.

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