Reducing PCB Costs through Panel Optimization
Many OEMs consider panelization a manufacturing task and blindly delegate those decisions to their fabricators and assemblers. In doing so, they are missing an opportunity to affect material expenses, a leading cost driver for PCBs.
by Patrick McGoff
Adding Automated EMC Analysis to PCB Layout
There is a perception that EMC analysis during layout can be a time-consuming task that is challenging to set up and properly configure, with difficult-to-interpret results. But conducting EMC analysis at appropriate points prior to fabrication can mitigate the need for redesigns.
by Craig Armenti
Black Pad Revisited
Black pad is often the root cause of solderability issues. How do you differentiate it from other soldering defects? And why should you care?
by Martine Simard-Normandin and Christina Banks
Guidelines for Improving PCB Design Manufacturability
Running PCB assembly lines without operators for an extended period of time is the holy grail of manufacturing. A look at the state-of-the-art technologies to put that goal within a robot’s reach.
by Ranko Vujosevic, Ph.D.
Elements of Additive Manufacturing for Functional Printed Electronics
The next leap for prototyping and additive manufacturing gets us closer to the “factory-in-a-box.” What elements are involved in this coming tsunami of additive manufacturing?
by Priyanka Dobriyal
Automotive Driving Fabricator Gains
For fabricators whose major customers were Apple and Samsung, growth was hard to come by in 2016. But suppliers to the auto sector were revving up.
by Dr. Hayao Nakahara
Altium Expands Its Reach
An interview with Ben Jordan on Altium's perspective on future changes in engineering and CAD requirements.
by Mike Buetow