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Getting a Handle on Effective Design for Assembly

Acronyms in the PCB business often get confusing. For instance, DfA, or Design for Assembly, is often used to mean DfM, or Design for Manufacturing, and vice versa. However, in reality, DfM is the correct acronym when used to encompass PCB design, fabrication, and assembly. Effective DfM takes into account the practice and implementation of placing checks and balances at the right places during those three major stages-design, fabrication, and assembly and test.

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