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How To Prevent Plating Voids And Solder Voids During PCB Manufacturing


Effective Ways To Reduce Your CNC Machining Costs - Q&A


Custom Cable Assembly Testing: Is Continuity Testing Enough


PTFE vs FR4 PCB Laminate Materials - Cost and Performance Options


Battery Cell Thermal Runaway: What Does it Mean and How to Avoid It


Via-in-Pad Plugging or Plated Process and the Effect on PCB Hole Sizes


Custom Cable Assemblies and the Best Design Considerations


Why High-Tech Multi-Layer PCB Features Add Cost and Process Time - Q&A


Top 7 PCB Data Discrepancies and Issues for DFM and How to Avoid Them


Flex PCB Design Options: PCB Pattern Plating vs. Pad Plating


PCB Breakaway Tabs: Reduce Remnant Materials and Improve Strength


Misinterpreting IPC-6012 Standards for Rigid Printed Circuit Boards


Printed Circuit Board Gerber Data and the Importance of Netlists


Dual Sourcing CNC Machining: What’s Needed to Ensure Quickest Delivery


How To Incorporate Magnets into Your Custom Overmolded Cable Design


Scoring Printed Circuit Board: When You Can and Cannot Score a PCB


Custom Battery Packs: Developing and Production Test Fixtures


Polyimide Flex Heaters vs Silicon Rubber Flex Heater Limitations


Common Applications and Benefits for Battery Pack Potting


Flexible Epoxy Strain Reliefs in Rigid-Flex PCB Designs


Lithium Battery Shipping: Requirements to Manage Your Product


Component Shortages That Impact Battery Packs Designs - Q&A


Cable Jackets - Adding Certification Marks and Custom Text


Understanding Voltage Requirements of a Custom Battery Pack


HMI Applications and Salt Fog Testing Requirements


Production Level Battery Testing: What is Included and What to Expect


Differences Between Solid Modeling and Surface Modeling


Identifying and Reducing Custom Battery Pack Development Costs


PCB Manufacturing - Processing Without the Problem of Voids


Lithium-Ion vs Lithium Iron Phosphate: What Markets They Support


Custom Cable Assembly Extrusion 101 - Single to Multi-Conductor Cables


SolidWorks Design: How to Approach Editing Other People’s Work


High-Temperature Adhesives for Military and Aerospace Keypads


PCB Vias: Understanding the Design of Microvias


Gasket Optimizing for Overmolded Custom Cable Assemblies


How to Properly Select LEDs for Your Keypad - Q&A


How Hot Can a Flexible Polyimide Heater Get?


Using a High Flexibility Silicone Wire and PTFE Wire Design


2021 Shipping Challenges During the Peak Season


Flexible Heater Design: Watt Density, Input Power, and Heater Size


User Interface Design with Biocompatible Silicone Elastomer


Flex Circuit Board Design Considerations for Dome Switch Applications


Flexible Heaters: Thickness and Spacing Elements Effect on Performance


Resistive Touchscreens: Low-Cost Solution vs. Capacitive Screen


Battery Chemistry Comparison, Capacity, Efficiency and BMS Requirement


Flexible Heaters: The Pros and Cons of Temperature Sensors


Incorporating PCBs and LEDs into an Outdoor Overmolded Cable Design


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


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


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


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


What Does It Mean to Constrain a SolidWorks Sketch?


Flexible Circuit Boards Connector Options, Which One Is Best For You?


PCB Data Sets: What You Need to Know


Supply Chain Challenges on the Electronics and Manufacturing Industry


Rigid-Flex PCB Design Limitations for Laser Drilled Holes and Slots


Guidelines for Designing Low-Cost Multiconductor Cable Assemblies


Designing Flexible Circuits for High-Temperature Applications


Membrane Switch Material for Sterilization and Autoclave Application


How Flexible PCB Material Selection Affects Lead Times


Understanding Battery Power Requirements Before Development Starts


Benefits of Using Air Gap Rigid-Flex PCB Constructions


PCB Mechanical Drilling vs. Laser - Aspect Ratios and Drill Sizing


Prototypes to Production: Can Your Cable Assembly Supplier Keep Pace?


Common PCB Quality Issues and What to Inspect For


Why DOT/UN 38.3 is Required for Lithium Batteries


Circuit Board Material Tolerances that Affect Manufacturing


Best Mechanisms to Control Flexible Heater Temperatures


PCB Design & Layout: Checklist of What You Need Before You Start - Q&A


Understanding How Solder and Coatings Impact PCB Shelf Life


Flexible PCB Line and Space Limitations to Be Aware Of


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


Defining a STEP Model and Its Importance


IPC Class III vs. MIL Spec for Printed Circuit Boards


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


Best Practices for Ordering Your High-Tech PCBs Online


What to Expect for Battery Development Timelines


Understanding Revision Control in Product Development


Designing Accurate Fuel Gauges for Custom Battery Packs


Rigid-Flex PCB Stack-ups for Impedance Controlled Designs


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


Advantages and Disadvantages of Embedded Battery Chargers


Ohm's Law: What It Means for Flexible Heaters and Their Operations


Integrating GPIO Options in Your Custom Battery Pack


High Flexibility Wires for Minimum Bend Radius Requirements


Custom BMS vs. Off-the-Shelf BMS: Features and Limitations


Incorporating Low-Cost NVIS Materials into Your Avionics Bezel


Best Practices When Charging Custom Battery Packs


How to Specify Dielectric Call-outs in Your PCB Design


Common Failures in Lithium Battery Packs


Temperature and Power Limits for Polyimide Flexible Heaters


10993 Biocompatibility for Cable Assemblies


5 Custom Cable Overmold Designs with No Tooling Expense


Peak Season Challenges in a Not-So-Normal Year


Reducing Risk in Your Custom Cable Assembly - Q&A


Circuit Board Guidelines: Copper Weight vs. Lines and Spacing


Incorporating LVDS Pairs into Your Multi-Conductor Cable


Design Considerations When Using Batteries in Portable Devices


Buying Custom Cables from TAA-Approved Countries


Battery Storage and Charge Management Best Practices


The Pros and Cons of Building a Prototype HMI for Electronic Devices


Cable Assembly Minimum Order Quantity: What Drives High MOQs?


Differences in Controlled Impedance Between a Rigid PCB and Flexible PCB


Low-Cost Cable Options for ISO 13485 Class 1 & 2 Medical Devices


Utilizing Multiple Heating Zones in a Flexible Heater


Does a Hybrid Build Make Sense for My PCB Design?


Is Your Cable the Last Thing You Design: Five Tips To Consider


PCB Via-In-Pad Processing - Do You Really Need It?


Improve Insertion Loss with Proper PCB Material Stack-ups


How Electrical Testing Confirms Printed Circuit Board Integrity


Quick Turn PCBs - Why an Experienced Supply Chain Matters - Q&A


Choosing High-Speed PCB Materials That Are Readily Available


Heavy and Extreme Copper PCBs: Hole Sizes, Trace Widths, and Spacing


Three Options to Adding a Cable to a Rigid PCB Front Panel HMI


PCB Cost Drivers: Simplify for Lower Circuit Board Cost


How to Effectively Manage High Technology Quick-Turn PCBs


Adding a Standard Stack-up to Your PCB Documentation


Standard Materials and Components in Battery Pack Manufacturing


PCB Tolerances for Routing, Drilling, and Chemical Plating


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


Challenges of Changing Battery Suppliers on an Existing Design


Flex Circuit Design Guidelines for High-Current Applications


Developing a Custom Battery Pack with Limited Information


Using Flex Heaters with Electronics Operating in Extreme Temperatures


5 Methods to Improve Battery Pack Time to Market


Tips to Reduce Non-Recurring Costs for Custom Medical Cables


Peak Season Shipping 2.0 or the New Normal


Components Used in Battery Pack Manufacturing


How PCB Design Choices Affect the Cost from Your PCB Fabricator - Q&A


Understanding Battery Pack NREs, Certifications, and Logistics


Limitations of Inductive Charging


Incorporating Transparent Capacitive Touch Switches


Printed Circuit Board for RF/Microwave Applications: Laminate Trends


What to Know Before Shipping Lithium Batteries


What Are Gerber Files and What Are They Used For?


Minimum Flexible PCB Specifications Needed for an Accurate Quote


5 Tips to Operate LCD Displays in Cold Environments


Common Prototype vs. Production Failures in Flexible Circuit Boards


Using Rigid-Flex PCBs to Improve Design Reliability - Q&A


UL Cable Harness Design: Low-Risk Wire Options


Flex Circuit Design Challenges: Electrical vs. Mechanical


Battery Charging: What to Know to Successfully Charge Your Batteries


EMI and RF Shielding Options for Flexible Circuits


Top 10 Applications for Flexible Heaters


Challenges in Dynamic Flexible Circuit Board Design


Advanced and Non-Standard PCB Manufacturing Capabilities


Differences Between Coverlay and Flexible Solder Mask


Three Trends in Electronics Hardware Development


Advantages of Developing Effective Inventory Management


How EC Technology Can Save Data Operators 20 Percent in Energy Costs


Managing The Development Of Your Overmolded Cable - Q&A


Understanding Your Custom Cable Assembly Testing Requirements


Five Tips When Substituting Cable Assembly Connectors


The Many Layers of HMIs and What They Do


Cable Assembly Conductor Options 101


What You Need To Know Before High-Volume Cable Production


The Impact of Measurement Units on Your Cable Assembly


Design Factors for Lithium Batteries Used in Portable Devices: Q&A


Avoiding Challenges During Peak Season Shipping


Applying Artwork In Overmolded Cables


Guide to Shipping Lithium Batteries


Lithium Iron Phosphate Vs. Lithium-Ion: Differences and Advantages


Extending Battery Pack Life Through Proper Care


Backup Battery Systems: Ensuring Power to Systems During Outages


Custom Battery Pack Cost Drivers


The Design Process For Manufacturing And The 80-20 Rule


Battery End Of Life Vs. State Of Charge


Lithium Batteries: Cylindrical Versus Prismatic


DFM For Your Quick-Turn PCB Order


Match Your High-Tech PCB Design To Your Suppliers Capabilities: Q&A


Using Wire-To-Board PCB-Mounted Connectors In Your Cable Assembly


Technical Writing for Engineers


A PCB Trick for Vias and Impedance Traces


Balancing Layers in Your PCB Layout


How to Specify Your PCB Controlled Impedance Requirements


5 Guidelines When Designing Parts For 3D Printing


Printed Circuit Board Design Trends


PCB Layout Quote: A Guide to Required Items


What Are RoHS and REACH and What Do They Mean?


Challenges When Using Flexible Silicone and Kapton® Heaters


Root Cause Analysis Through the Five Why Method – Part 2


Flexible Heater Elements: Differences and Advantages


Flexible Heater Types: Which to Use for Your Application?


Various Stiffener Materials for Flexible Circuit Boards


Flexible Circuit Board Material Selection


Root Cause Analysis Through the Five Why Method - Part 1


Design Comparison: Flex Circuit with Stiffeners vs. Rigid-Flex PCB


Integrating Flex with Rigid PCB to Improve Design


Understanding the Actuation Force of Your Keypad


How to Specify Stiffener Requirements in Flex PCB Design Drawings


Differences of Via in Pad Technology in Flex Circuits vs Rigid PCBs


Overview of the Shielded Cable Process


Defining Standard Wire Jacket Colors in Cables


The Many Variations and Uses of Keypads


Consider the Cable: How to Improve Product Design with Big Picture Planning


Substituting Cable Connectors to Match Form, Fit, and Function


Radiated Emissions Testing For Cable Assemblies


What is a PCB Netlist and Why do You Need It?


Differential Paired Cables And When To Use Them


Overcoming Tariffs By Strengthening Manufacturing Infrastructure

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