SMT Stencils for Printed Circuit Board Prototypes

If you’re looking to shave time off of your prototype PCB fabrication processes, save money, and reduce error potential, SMT stencils are a must. In a nutshell, SMT stencils are used for applying all-important solder paste to the PCB layout. Here’s a closer look at the process. Each PCB has many components. A stainless steel laser is used to cut through materials and create apertures for each of...
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Follow These Steps for a Winning PCB Design

Technology makes the world go round, and it’s advancing at breakneck speed. Printed circuit boards are quickly becoming more detailed and complicated. On the horizon, there’s talk of smartphones using uber-efficient, “substrate-like PCBs” for motherboards. This will allow designers to put a bigger battery in the phone. Where the Internet of Things is concerned, PCBs are expected to help with...
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Why Our AS9100-Rev C Certification Matters

For those in the aerospace industry, A9100 is a familiar term. It is a quality management system that is used the world over to hold organizations within the industry to the same high standard. If you want to do business with movers and shakers in aerospace, you will need to be AS9100-compliant. At EMS Solutions, we are proud to be AS9100 (RevC Certified). Rev C refers to Revision C, which was...
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Choosing the Right Printed Circuit Board Finishes

In the production of printed circuit boards, the steps of coating and finishing are essential. PCBs have copper on their surfaces. If copper is left unprotected, it will deteriorate over time. A surface finish provides a vital layer between the component and the board. The finish shields the copper circuitry and provides a surface that can be soldered in the production process (when the...
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Why IPC-A-610 Manufacturing Standards Matter

To understand the IPC-A-610 manufacturing standards, let’s back up and clarify what the IPC is. The organization started out under the name of the “Association Connecting Electronics Industries.” This trade association started in 1957 with a goal to standardize the assembly and production requirements of electronic equipment and components. The IPC initialism came into play when the...
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How do I Choose the Best Connector?

There are hundreds of thousands of connectors on the market, so if you feel overwhelmed when it’s time to pick the right one to interface with your printed circuit board, you’re in good company. Connectors are produced in families and assigned different part numbers that correspond to their respective quantities of pins and contacts. That drives up the number of choices, making the selection...
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