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When it comes to protecting printed circuit boards (PCBs) from environmental factors such as moisture, dust, chemicals and temperature extremes, two primary methods stand out: potting and conformal coating. Both techniques offer protection for electronic components, but they differ significantly in application, effectiveness and suitability for various use cases. Let’s dig deeper into the distinctions between PCB potting and conformal coating, exploring their advantages and drawbacks, to …
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Capped vias technology represents a significant advancement in printed circuit board (PCB) design, offering a myriad of benefits that enhance the reliability, performance and longevity of electronic devices. As electronic components continue to shrink in size, the demand for more compact, efficient and robust PCBs has never been greater. Capped vias, also known as covered vias or via-in-pad technology, have emerged as a pivotal solution to meet these demands, enabling designers to optimiz…
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Understanding the printed circuit board (PCB) supply chain is crucial for electronics manufacturers, designers, procurement professionals, and consumers. The PCB supply chain encompasses all stages in the production and distribution of PCBs, from raw material sourcing to delivering the finished boards to end users. Below is a comprehensive overview of the PCB supply chain highlighting key components, challenges, and strategies for effective management. Key Components of the PCB Supply …
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Optimizing printed circuit board (PCB) trace widths is a crucial aspect of PCB design that affects the performance, reliability, and manufacturability of the final product. Proper trace width selection ensures that your PCB can handle the required current load without overheating, reduces electromagnetic interference (EMI) and meets manufacturing tolerances. Let’s learn more about the importance of optimizing PCB trace widths and how this is achieved. Understand the Basics The trace…
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The medical device industry is rapidly evolving, with innovations in technology driving the development of advanced healthcare solutions. To stay competitive, medical device companies often rely on contract manufacturers to bring their products to market quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. For instance, partnering with an experienced medical device contract manufacturer can give designers an advantage on pre-production design work that moves seamlessly into a finished PCBA. Howeve…