Why Printed Circuit Boards Fail

Printed circuit boards are the backbone of the electronics industry. They support and connect electronic components that are soldered onto layers of copper sheets. The soldering will anchor them to the PCB while providing electronic connection. A PCB may have one or multiple layers of copper sheets and be single or double-sided. Multi-layer PCBs were made possible thanks to surface mount...
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What’s the Difference Between Active and Passive Electronics Components

Electronic devices are filled with all sorts of components. While we enjoy modern technology, these components are busy making that technology work. Inside electronic equipment, you will find printed circuit boards that serve as the lifeblood of the modern electronics industry. Components are soldered to the board and generate an electronic circuit. That’s where the magic starts to happen. There...
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Minimizing Corrosion in Printed Circuit Boards

Moisture and voltage do not mix. When there is moisture in a printed circuit board, there is an open invitation to corrosion, and corrosion causes PCBs to fail. In the world of perfect electronic processes, a current of metal ions passes unimpeded from the anode to the cathode. When you throw moisture into the mix, things get complicated. Moisture introduces more chemicals that lead to unwanted...
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Advances in Prototype Circuit Board Recycling

When the electronics industry was young, the components of an electronic device were soldered to each other or to terminal strips and tube sockets. Today, we use circuit boards as bases that make it far easier and cheaper to connect components. Prototype circuit boards have enabled electronic designs to be far less cumbersome. As a result, electronic devices are getting smaller and more compact...
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Preventing Circuit Board Blowholes

The processes used to create printed circuit board assemblies are complicated and intricate, and things sometimes go wrong. One of the more common PCB defects is a blowhole, also known as a pinhole. This is a defect in a soldered joint on assemblies that involve plated through-hole circuitry. It can occur during the board manufacturing process or in storage. With blowholes, solvents get trapped...
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The Benefits of Jacketed Cables

When it comes to custom assembly, jacketed cables offer a number of advantages. A jacket covers the cables, shielding them from external elements. Without the jacket, inner wires could get caught on other components, causing the assembly to fail long before its intended expiration date. The jacket can be flame-resistant, mitigating fire risks. There are different types of cable jackets,...
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