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

Written by Paul Tome
Posted on August 19, 2021 at 11:11 AM

With advancements in rigid-flex PCB design technology, the use of laser-based systems in the manufacturing process are very common in the industry. Not having laser drilling and cutting available would place significant limitations on what could be accomplished in a design and what components could be used.

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Guidelines for Designing Low-Cost Multiconductor Cable Assemblies

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on August 11, 2021 at 11:09 AM

Cable assemblies are needed across various industries and are utilized in goods that include consumer electronics, industrial products, mil areo, and even medical devices. Low cost does not mean low quality; in fact, low-cost cables are qualified for use on many high-reliability applications.

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Designing Flexible Circuits for High-Temperature Applications

Written by Paul Tome
Posted on August 3, 2021 at 10:42 AM

Many flexible circuit board applications require designs to be exposed to and or operate continuously at elevated temperatures well beyond that of standard room temperature. These requirements are above and beyond the requirements of component or connector assembly.

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Defining a STEP Model and Its Importance

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on April 28, 2021 at 9:00 AM

You may have encountered the acronym STP or STEP while learning about or working on projects that involve computer-aided design. But what exactly is it? A STEP file is a 3D-model file formatted in STEP, which stands for Standard for the Exchange of Product Data. STEP files are used to store 3D-image data in an ASCII format, following the standards defined in ISO 10303-21, introduced by the ISO committee in 1994. This specification created a file structure which could be recognized by multiple modeling programs, thus enhancing the ability for design data to be exchanged.

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What to Expect for Battery Development Timelines

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on March 29, 2021 at 9:15 AM

Customers requiring batteries for their products or applications have become savvier when it comes to the developmental phase of the battery packs. They understand that by having researched power requirements, dimensions of the pack compartment, battery chemistries, and cabling specifications, the customer can develop more comprehensive design documents. Then, the battery pack manufacturer can use these specifications to get started on the development and tooling stage immediately.

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