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

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on January 5, 2022 at 10:26 AM

When talking about custom battery packs for portable devices, the most common type mentioned has been lithium-based chemistries. Lithium-based batteries provide high-energy density and a light weight for applications, making them suitable for portable electronics that require long battery life to perform high-speed functions.

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

Written by Darren Casey
Posted on December 22, 2021 at 10:21 AM

Although there are best practices when it comes to 3D modeling, every designer ends up developing their own style of modeling. This can cause challenges when you are tasked with working with someone else’s model. It can become frustrating when you go to make an edit that causes other parts of the model to change or fail entirely.

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PCB Vias: Understanding the Design of Microvias

Written by Jeff Forbus
Posted on December 7, 2021 at 10:41 AM

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are the heart of electronic products as they provide the conductive pathway for all the electronic components to connect and function together. As electronics become more advanced and complex, PCBs are having multiple layers sandwiched together to establish all the necessary connections.

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Using a High Flexibility Silicone Wire and PTFE Wire Design

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on November 18, 2021 at 10:48 AM

There are several reasons to choose silicone or PolyTetraFluoroEthylene (PTFE) jacketed cable when designing a custom wire harness. Both jacket constructions are known for their high-temperature resilience and extreme flexibility. The main difficulty of selecting a PTFE is the fact that they can be a bit hard to come by.

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

Written by Chris Perry
Posted on November 5, 2021 at 11:06 AM

Flexible heaters allow customers to apply heat at targeted areas at any given moment. This procedure is desired for applications for a variety of reasons, such as preventing condensation to form on instrument panels, keeping the consistency of semi-fluid materials so that they may pass through pipe systems, or keeping systems warm during extreme environmental temperatures.

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User Interface Design with Biocompatible Silicone Elastomer

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on November 2, 2021 at 11:04 AM

Silicone is one of the most common materials used for elastomeric technologies today. Silicone elastomer is utilized across numerous industries and applications, from o-rings to cable jacketing, to cookware, to even your child’s fidget toy, silicone elastomer is chosen for its exceptional mechanical properties and low reactivity.

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Flex Circuit Board Design Considerations for Dome Switch Applications

Written by Paul Tome
Posted on October 28, 2021 at 9:13 AM

Dome switches are a very popular solution for use as a momentary switch. They are a good solution that provides tactile feedback that the switch has been depressed and an event registered. Many applications require a dome switch mounted to a flexible circuit board.

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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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