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Al Wright

Al Wright
Al has been in the industry for over 35 years and has been with Epec for more than15 years. As field application engineer, he handles a wide range of responsibilities including reviewing PCB designs for manufacturability during the quoting and design stage, interacting with off-site manufacturing facilities to solve technical issues during production, and programming CNC machines for in-house projects, reworks, and modifications. Al’s technical expertise is essential to Epec’s engineering department and provides valuable insight when working with customers. Previous to working at Epec, Al spent 20 years with CPC Incorporated, a medium-sized PCB manufacturer, learning hands-on about PCB processing before moving into front end engineering. Al brings impressive expertise to Epec and has worked with over 50,000 different PCB designs from his start in 1981 to the present day. He works with Epec’s team to get all designs right ahead of time so that products will be correct the first time.

Recent Posts


PCB Vias - Everything You Need To Know

Written by Al Wright
Posted on June 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM

As today’s printed circuit boards (PCBs) become smaller, they use fewer and fewer through hole components. It is increasingly difficult to justify allocating precious space for relatively large plated through component holes and their accompanying lands. Instead, it is necessary to use surface mounted components wherever possible. As surface mount technology becomes increasingly prevalent, the majority of the plated through holes on most modern PCB designs end up being vias.

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What is the Standard PCB Manufacturing Process?

Written by Al Wright
Posted on June 5, 2018 at 10:17 AM

Among the most common questions printed circuit board suppliers receive are those dealing with production capabilities. Customers often suspect that they are about to design-in a feature which may be either at or outside their fabricator’s limits. Fearing that their non-standard feature may add cost to their product, they inquire to find out just how much pain they are about to cause.

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Metal Core PCB vs Standard Circuit Boards

Written by Al Wright
Posted on May 22, 2018 at 8:55 AM

Over the past several years LED based products have become increasingly popular, and as a result, so too have metal core printed circuit boards. The automobile and lighting sectors have both embraced the technology, as have consumers, given an LED based light can be about 5x cheaper to run than a comparable incandescent unit. Even compact fluorescents have slightly higher operating costs and they cannot compete with the smallest LEDs when it comes to efficient use of space.

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Improving the Accuracy of Your PCB Quote

Written by Al Wright
Posted on May 16, 2018 at 12:05 PM

Printed circuit board (PCB) fabricators receive dozens of requests for quotations (RFQs) every day. While many requests have moved to more convenient online quoting formats such as our in-house application InstantPCBQuote, many customers still send requests the old way via either files or alternate forms of describing their manufacturing requirements.

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How To Select PCB Core Materials

Written by Al Wright
Posted on May 10, 2018 at 10:18 AM

Selecting PCB core thickness becomes a problem when a printed circuit board (PCB) fabricator receives a request for quotation of a multilayer design and the material requirements are stated either incompletely or not at all. This sometimes occurs because the combination of PCB core materials used is not critical to performance; if the overall thickness requirement is met, the end user may not care about the thickness or type of each layer.

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PCB Laminate Material FAQs

Written by Al Wright
Posted on May 3, 2018 at 11:34 AM

All customers have questions when it comes to PCB laminate materials, so we took some of the most common questions and put together a helpful FAQ to bring you answers and solutions faster.

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Manufacturing Issues with RF Circuit Boards

Written by Al Wright
Posted on January 5, 2018 at 2:02 PM

If you’re a designer of RF or microwave printed circuit boards you’ve probably already selected a laminate material that is appropriate to your project, having based your choice primarily on the electrical requirements of the RF circuit, such as signal speed, loss rate etc. Be careful however not to overlook the fact that the specialty materials used in such designs also possess unusual mechanical characteristics; processing is different from that of normal FR4 boards.

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Outline of Circuit Board Blind Vias Process Costs

Written by Al Wright
Posted on October 5, 2017 at 11:37 AM

Miniaturization in electronics drives the need for both component and printed circuit board designers to work within ever-shrinking footprints in order to remain competitive. The signal routing requirements for many ball grid array (BGA) components are such that through hole via drilling is becoming less and less practical. This makes it necessary in many instances to use blind vias to form interconnections between layer pairs.

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PCB Design Considerations for Tight Spacing

Written by Al Wright
Posted on September 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) continue to shrink. As each generation of miniaturized components comes along, board designers find themselves able to work within ever-smaller PCB footprint sizes. While this is great news for consumers (compare the size of a 1994 portable phone to one of today’s models) it presents difficulties for fabricators.

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PCB Layout Manufacturing Best Practices

Written by Al Wright
Posted on August 10, 2017 at 2:12 PM

As printed circuit board (PCB) designs have increased in complexity, they have both decreased in size and increased in density. Physical changed to circuit boards have forced PCB designers and manufacturers to develop new PCB layout strategies aimed at making full use of all available surface area.

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