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LED PCBs for the Auto Industry

Electronics functions continue to increase dramatically in the modern day automobile. Greater use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is a major portion of that remarkable auto-electronics growth. As replacements for older incandescent bulbs, LEDs are practically everywhere in newer auto models with such applications as stoplights, turn signal lights, internal lamps, fog lamps, dashboard and entertainment […]

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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 […]

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PCB Prototype Manufacturing

Efficient PCB Prototype manufacturing encompasses a number of important traits. Among the most prevalent are quick-turn capabilities, manufacturing flexibility, easy GUI, quick changeover adaptability, higher technology level, proactive and trained staff, equipment, and capacity levels. Additionally, the savvy contract manufacturer (CM) or EMS provider has a flexible procurement system, strong process capabilities, an array of […]

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PCBs in the Medical Field

The most critical requirements medical products demand are quality, repeatability, and reliability. For PCBs in the medical field, those three requirements must be fully and conscientiously practiced at the layout, fabrication, and assembly stages. At the same time, compliance with ISO 13485 not only complements those requirements, but also adds further muscle to assure quality, […]

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Challenges in PCB Layout, Fab, and Assembly for Mobile Technology

OEMs continue requiring greater functionality in smaller portable and handheld products. As a result, a number of attributes are continuously demanded for PCBs in mobile technologies. Along with these attributes come a host of challenges in terms of layout, fabrication, and assembly, as well as assuring many of these handheld and portable devices can efficiently […]

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PCBs in Aerospace: Going Above and Beyond SOP

PCB design, fabrication, and assembly targeted at aerospace applications call for going above and beyond routine processes and procedures. That’s because this special breed of PCBs demand top quality, reliability, and product consistency to comply with highly stringent and rugged environmental requirements. Experienced EMS providers and contract manufacturers (CMs) know to apply extra and special […]

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Tapping Into PCBs for PV Thermal Issues

A major challenge facing the solar industry today is thermal dissipation. Photovoltaics (PVs), or solar cells, found in large solar panels convert sunlight into electricity. But during this conversion, PVs mounted on modules generate considerable heat. Until recently, the solar industry hasn’t given much attention to PCBs as a way to effectively resolve these thermal […]

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The Big Deal Over Fine Pitch Assembly

The role fine pitch surface mount (SM) devices play in subassemblies is considerably more critical now than ever before. At 20 mils (0.5 mm) or less, fine pitch demands a well thought-out and orchestrated balance involving PCB design, fabrication, assembly, placement, and careful rework on SMD pads. Otherwise, disjointed operations quickly usher in major challenges […]

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CAM/CAD Design Rules and Guidelines

The best design is worthless if you can’t manufacture it. To be confident regarding manufacturability, it’s important to know manufacturing’s capabilities and limitations. There are organizations that work day and night to create guidelines and standards to make designs optimum for manufacturing. These guidelines/standards will continue to change as capabilities, technologies, and processes improve and […]

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