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How Manufacturing Processes Can Impact Reliability in RF Circuits

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Wed, Aug 01, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

When you consider the RF applications utilized in mission critical C5ISR environments, your contract manufacturer (CM) must comprehend the issues and challenges related to manufacturing processes in RF, but also have a deep understanding of the failure mechanisms that can cause defects.

RF design is inherently more complex than any other type of design. This is because of the unique issues that must be addressed due to the extremely high frequencies of operation for these applications.  For example, there are inherent challenges with power control, grounding structures, printed wiring board (PWB) stack-ups, laminate and surface finish selection, characteristic impedance control, signal path configurations, connectorization, pad geometries, solder mask, conformal coating, surface parasitics, exposure to harsh environments, fabrication effects, via sizing, component selection, and manufacturing process impacts.  These numerous issues must be well understood by your CM or the potential for failure is magnified. 

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Topics: electronics manufacturing, PCB, PCB assembly technology, manufacturing, PCB process, electronics manufacture

Fully. Integrated. Supply Chain. Solutions.

Posted by Judy Warner on Mon, Nov 09, 2015 @ 04:54 PM


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Topics: PCB, supply chain management

Is Your PCB Prototype Assembly Process Slowing You Down?

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 06:01 PM

Anyone trying to bring a new piece of electronics to market faces a major balancing act between trying to arrive at-market before the current generation of technology becomes last-gen, while still giving the product enough care and polish to appeal to buyers.  The ever-speeding rate of new tech introduction has only made this harder, and we see the result all the time in stores and at trade shows:  Half-baked products either rushed to market without proper testing, or being held back by design decisions that have already become antiquated.

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Topics: pcb assembly, PCB

Get More For Your Money With Domestic PCB Design And Manufacturing

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

More and more companies are starting to return to the USA for manufacturing, and it's not hard to see why. When looked at in terms of long-term TCO and ROI, US and Chinese manufacturing prices are practically at parity.  In fact, Bloomberg found that America is the seventh cheapest source for manufactured goods in the world. 

And when you choose American manufacturing, you get far more for your money.  The combination of high-technology, robust supply lines, and a land of plenty means that the US is truly competitive in the field of global manufacturing.

Here are just a few services that are easily obtained from American electronics design and manufacture firms that you might have a hard time finding elsewhere...

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Topics: PCB, PCB Design And Manufacture

When Circuits Fail, PCB Board Repair Rescues Them

Posted by Laura Austin on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

No matter how good electronic contract manufacturers become at producing ever-smaller and more complex circuit boards, every now and then, a defect  will be produced. Sometimes, if it's
part of a large production run, this isn't a major issue: a certain (small) percentage of lossage is expected. However, what if your circuit board is unique, such as for a prototype or a specific custom purpose?

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Topics: pc board repair, PCB, pcb board repair, PCB Repair Services, repairing PCBs

Processes Unique Among Engineering Manufacturing Companies

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, Feb 07, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Finding the time to do all of the processes required during a manufacturing job might seem impossible, but there are ways to ensure that your product is the best for your customers without having to spend so much time and money in the Research and Development stage. Instead of just shipping out your designs and calling it a day, you need to understand all of the different processes which can and should be done by engineering manufacturing companies that you hire to do your project. This is especially true when you are handling electronic components.

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Topics: PCB, manufactured electronics, engineering manufacturing companies, PCB process

Surface Mounted Technology Makes Manufacturing Processes Smooth

Posted by Laura Austin on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

One thing that often surprises newcomers to the contract electronics industry is that its backbone is a manufacturing process that was developed back in the 1980s. Surface mounted technology revolutionized electronics manufacturing, and it did such a good job that some thirty years later, we're still using it.

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Topics: electronics manufacturing, electronic manufacturing company, electronic design and manufacture, PCB, printed circuit board, contract electronics industry, Electronics Contract Manufacturer, through hole technology, electronic design, surface mounted technology, electronics design

PCB Assembly Service: Advantages Start With Economies of Scale

Posted by Laura Austin on Sat, Dec 01, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

When it comes to your operating budget, one of the biggest things you're probably concerned about is the manufacturing and distribution Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) that are being assembled specifically for you. 

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Topics: pcb assembly service, pcb assembly, PCB, PCB assembly technology

Do Not Get Burned By Outsourcing Your Product Assembly

Posted by Laura Austin on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Several manufacturing businesses have taken to moving most, if not all, of their manufacturing department overseas to off-shore factories, most of them within China. While the cheap labor costs might bring in a boost in revenue but the affects on the local economy and future revenue is also worth considering when it comes to keeping your business assets safe. 

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Topics: product assembly, pcb assembly, PCB, printed circuit board

Package on Package Structures Increase PCB Assembly Complexity

Posted by Laura Austin on Tue, Nov 06, 2012 @ 11:22 PM

The history of circuits and PCB assembly is mostly one of a race to miniaturize circuitry as efficiently as possible to meet consumer demand for ever smaller and more portable devices. Unfortunately, the smaller and more complex the circuitry is, the more complex and fault-intolerant its assembly becomes.

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Topics: pcb assembly, pcb assembly, PCB, BGA circuit board, ball grid array, package on package structure, PCB quality control