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

Written by Al Wright
Posted on January 16, 2019 at 8:40 AM

Nobody wants to experience the feeling of populating your new printed circuit board (PCB) design and finding out that it is not electrically functional. Most often, the lack of functionality is attributable to a specific production problem or a combination of several different problems. Sometimes, however, the problem is that the Gerber files exported from your PCB CAD program contained an error that went unnoticed because there was no way to verify that the files matched your design intent. You can avoid a good deal of trouble by supplying an IPC-356 format netlist file with your fabrication data package.

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Manufacturing Planning for U.S. and China Holiday Seasons

Written by Kendall Paradise
Posted on December 4, 2018 at 1:10 PM

The average American “holiday season” usually begins somewhere around Halloween and continues at a frantic pace through January 1st.  For those of us who work in supply chain management, the holiday season has a completely different meaning. 

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ENEPIG Benefits for Gold Wire Bonding

Written by Chris Perry
Posted on November 27, 2018 at 9:15 AM

ENEPIG (Electroless Nickel, Immersion Palladium, Immersion Gold) was derived out of the need to combat the challenge with the immersion gold process and Black Pad Syndrome. Black Pad (the hyper corrosion of underlying nickel) was baffling both PCB assemblers and manufacturers. After much analysis, the root cause was determined to be the nickel deposit.

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PCB Array Cost Saving Suggestions

Written by Angie Brown
Posted on November 6, 2018 at 12:10 PM

As costs of materials, freight, and labor rise it has become imperative to seek out alternative ways to save costs in the manufacturing process. With traditional means of saving no longer as viable, we now must be more creative and specific when we’re asked, “what can I do to lower the cost of my printed circuit board (PCB)?”

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How to Manage PCB Design Cost Adders

Written by Al Wright
Posted on October 30, 2018 at 9:21 AM

Printed circuit board (PCB) designers often find themselves at odds with their purchasing and marketing departments after a design goes out for bids and comes back with a larger than expected price tag. Once the source of the high cost is identified, the questions fly, the fingers point, and the nerves fray.

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Guide to Using Different Types of Gold in PCB

Written by Angie Brown
Posted on October 22, 2018 at 8:11 AM

While gold plating is frequently used for printed circuits boards (PCBs), selecting the most useful gold PCB surface finish can be somewhat more of a mystery. Understanding the different compositions and practical uses of gold finishes such as ENIG, ENEPIG, and gold fingers can help you find the right finish to match your circuit board needs. 

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Common PCB Scoring Guidelines to Follow

Written by Angie Brown
Posted on October 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM

The process of v-scoring has been used for many years in the production of printed circuit boards (PCBs). As PCB production technology rapidly advances, it is important to understand the most current PCB scoring guidelines to follow and how they may have changed from what you previously used. 

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Printed Circuit Board Solderability Issues

Written by Chris Perry
Posted on August 14, 2018 at 10:29 AM

Solving solderability issues for printed circuit boards (PCBs) can be a real hassle. Nothing is more frustrating than having lined up all your materials for an assembly, only to start running the package through reflow and discover that the solder paste is wetting poorly to the pads. Immediately, the profile is checked to confirm proper parameters.

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What are Non-Conformances and How do PCB Manufacturers Fix Them?

Written by Chris Perry
Posted on August 3, 2018 at 12:37 PM

For customers and suppliers along the PCB manufacturing process, non-conformances will, unfortunately, happen from time to time. A non-conformance consists of receiving an order for printed circuit boards that do not meet your specifications or industry (IPC) standards. While dealing with these issues is obviously essential, the solution is sometimes not obvious and can put on-time delivery to your customer at risk. It is imperative that your circuit board supplier can deliver conforming product as soon as possible, which means having the procedures to get there.

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How the United States - China Trade Tariffs Impact the PCB Industry

Written by Ed McMahon
Posted on July 25, 2018 at 9:36 AM

Tariffs and trade with China has been a hot topic in the news recently. The tariffs impacting the steel and automobile industries have been widely covered but there are many additional industries that could potentially feel the effects of these tariffs, including our own.

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