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Understanding PCB Manufacturing: Working with Duroid laminates

If you have ever driven in the winter and suddenly lost control for no reason, you probably experienced black ice. The road looks perfectly normal but all the driving skills you learned over the years and the advice you have been given, doesn’t matter much as you slide across the highway out of control. It may be viewed as a dramatic comparison but working with Duroid is a little like driving on black ice. When beginning work with a new material, you try to do as much research and get as much advice as possible. You download the manufacturers documentation and talk »»

Understanding PCB Manufacturing: Odd Layer PCB Boards

Our cookbook of PCB recipes includes an assortment of odd layer PCBs. About 8% of PCB boards we are asked to produce are comprised of an odd number of layers. But unless you have a specific requirement, it is usually best to design a multilayer board with an even number of layers. Reducing an even layered board by one layer may seem like a cost-saving move, but from a PCB perspective it is not. It may actually increase the cost as well as lead-time and leave you with a warped PCB board which may not meet your expectations. Let's look at »»

A Quality Tragedy about a Chicken Dance and a PCB Board

One common sense business rule is: Sound economic decision making is a requirement for any company intent on succeeding. This rule applies to all aspects of the business, including the quality department. The following is a series of events from my past with firms who require aliases. The supplier (who will be referred to simply as Fowlmouth) and the customer (who we will call Foghorn) are located within a thirty minute drive of each other and it’s very, very important to note neither is a government agency. I have had the good fortune to work with a few outstanding organizations whose »»