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Flexible Heaters: Thickness and Spacing Elements Effect on Performance

Written by Chris Perry
Posted on October 22, 2021 at 10:33 AM

Flexible heaters are used in applications to keep systems, electronics, and products at the appropriate temperatures utilize a range of materials and thicknesses to achieve optimal heat output. Often when reaching out to a manufacturer, the customer will be asked to provide specifications regarding the application. The manufacturer will need to understand the wattage desired for the flexible heater and the temperature output that the flexible heater will provide.

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Resistive Touchscreens: Low-Cost Solution vs. Capacitive Screen

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on October 19, 2021 at 10:43 AM

Touchscreens are everywhere. From the coffee maker in the breakroom to the smartwatch on your child’s wrist to the in-flight entertainment system on your commuter flight, touchscreen technologies are a part of our everyday lives. As touchscreens continue to become intertwined in our culture, they help make everyday tasks that much simpler and improve the ease of use for all kinds of electronics.

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Battery Chemistry Comparison, Capacity, Efficiency and BMS Requirement

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on October 13, 2021 at 11:11 AM

It is common to explore different power supply options when designing your applications. However, one that often gets neglected is the differences between the types of battery cells in your portable applications. There are a lot of similarities between battery cells, but also very many differences that make certain cells more efficient than others when it comes to application.

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Flexible Heaters: The Pros and Cons of Temperature Sensors

Written by Chris Perry
Posted on October 7, 2021 at 9:22 AM

Flexible heaters are used in numerous industries to provide heat in a selective area to deal with; condensation and mist, food processes, keeping electronics warm due to environmental temperature changes or keeping liquids in a fluid state. Temperature sensors are used to monitor the temperature of the flexible heater as well as the surface that is being heated.

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Incorporating PCBs and LEDs into an Outdoor Overmolded Cable Design

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on October 4, 2021 at 10:03 AM

Outdoor cables are used in commercial, industrial, and residential applications where they are exposed to a variety of adverse conditions. To survive a lifetime’s worth of abuse, outdoor-rated cables must be designed to stand up to the elements, rough handling, excessive moisture, extreme temperatures, and contaminants like sand or dust. Having an overmold in the design of the cable assembly, the cable terminations can be sealed and ruggedized allowing for several design risks associated with outdoor use to be addressed in an economical fashion.

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Converting a PCB and Wire Harness to Integrated Rigid-Flex PCB Design

Written by Paul Tome
Posted on September 28, 2021 at 9:58 AM

We get many inquiries from our customer base regarding updating or converting an existing design from its current configuration of rigid printed circuit boards interconnected with a wiring harness to a rigid-flex printed circuit board. With our experience, we can quickly determine if a conversion option is worth investigating further. We can also see how some are relatively obvious that they would need a complete redesign to convert.

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Human-Machine Interface Design Options to Meet MIL-STD Requirements

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on September 20, 2021 at 10:19 AM

Our nation’s warfighters demand the highest reliability vehicles, weapons, and communication systems that exist. Lives depend on these products working the first time and every time. They rely on the quality and reliability of the electronics behind their state-of-the-art systems.

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Flex and Rigid-Flex PCBs: A Design and Layout Point of View

Written by Angie Brown
Posted on September 15, 2021 at 9:42 AM

Dating back to 1952, we are industry leaders and experts in all things printed circuit board (PCB) related, rigid PCBs, flexible circuits, and rigid-flex circuit boards combined, we know all the options and the difficulties in the fabrication processes. In this blog, we will focus on flex and rigid-flex PCBs what you should know and what to look for regarding the design and layout, as well as the importance of a successful data set and what is needed to prevent delays in engineering and manufacturing.

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EMI Shielding Methods for Flex & Rigid-Flex PCB Designs - Q&A

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on September 9, 2021 at 12:09 PM

At the conclusion of our webinar, EMI Shielding Methods for Flex & Rigid-Flex PCB Designs, we had several questions submitted to our presenter, Paul Tome, Product Manager of Flex & Rigid-Flex Circuits at Epec. We have compiled these questions into a readable format on our blog.

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What Does It Mean to Constrain a SolidWorks Sketch?

Written by Zak Gustavesen
Posted on September 7, 2021 at 10:12 AM

Typically, constraints are not something a designer wants to incorporate into a new project when first getting started on a new product. When you hear “constraint”, the first word that may come to mind could be “limitation”. Generally speaking, that word association is accurate, however, when dealing with CAD software it is not necessarily a negative thing.

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