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Tips For Developing Custom Overmolded Cable D-Sub Connectors

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on July 18, 2023 at 9:03 AM

D-subminiature connectors, commonly referred to as D-subs, are a class of interconnects that are widely used in the electronics industry for both commercial and industrial applications. The name "D-sub" comes from the shape of the connector shell which looks similar to the letter "D” when viewed from the front face.

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Design Guidelines for Injection-Molding Parts

Written by Chandler Jardin
Posted on July 13, 2023 at 9:19 AM

Determining the manufacturing process of your design is a key decision that should be addressed at the start of the design stage. The impact of how your design is manufactured will either limit or open up new options for how your idea can be explored.

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Custom Battery Pack Designs for Hazardous Environments

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on June 21, 2023 at 9:23 AM

Hazardous environments consist of work areas that may experience elevated levels of corrosion, extreme temperature variations, high pressure, flammable substances, or explosive conditions. Devices operating on battery power need special design requirements to prevent the battery pack from becoming damaged due to these hazardous materials.

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Dealing with End-of-Life Components in Legacy Designs

Written by Darren Casey
Posted on June 13, 2023 at 8:59 AM

Legacy design is a term used to describe technology, systems, and products that were developed in the past and are still being manufactured and supported. A main concern with legacy designs is dealing with hardware and software components that are no longer actively supported or improved by the original vendor and may no longer be compatible with newer technologies.

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New Trends in Custom Battery Pack Designs

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on June 8, 2023 at 8:44 AM

New technologies, raw materials, and battery manufacturing have paved the way for new trends in custom battery pack designs. Many of these trends focus on making improvements to the battery's capacity and safety, while others redefine the testing standards implemented to ensure battery packs and chargers function optimally for consumers.

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Overview of Via Holes in Flexible Circuit Board Designs

Written by Paul Tome
Posted on April 18, 2023 at 9:01 AM

Devices are becoming smaller and thinner, requiring circuit boards that can fit into the equipment without adding any additional weight while being flexible enough to route around components. Flexible printed circuit boards offer high-density electrical connections while also reducing space.

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What is UN38.3 Testing and Why is it Necessary?

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on April 5, 2023 at 9:11 AM

Battery chemistries that are lithium-based must undergo UN38.3 testing requirements before being transported. This testing certifies that the batteries are safe and will not pose a safety risk during shipping over air, water, rail, or road transportation methods.

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Plated vs Non-Plated PCB Through Holes in PCB Designs

Written by Angie Brown
Posted on March 28, 2023 at 8:39 AM

In printed circuit board (PCB) designs, through holes are used to connect components and conductors on different layers of the board and can be divided into two types: plated and non-plated through holes.

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Guidelines For Designing a Printed Circuit Board

Written by Angie Brown
Posted on January 24, 2023 at 9:18 AM

From a printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing supplier’s point of view, often we are consulted about design and layout at the concept phase. Over the past many years, we have seen an increase in customers asking to assist with design, layout, and modifications to the circuit board. From this repeat request, we developed an engineering team to make it happen.

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Understanding Common Component Designs for Mil-Aero Devices

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on December 15, 2022 at 9:27 AM

Mil-aero devices live in a special place in the worlds of design and engineering. These are devices that are often subjected to extraordinary environments. They have extreme requirements, and they often must function in the harshest environments of the world.

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