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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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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 Epec Engineered Technologies
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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