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7 No-Brainer Reasons to Prototype Your PCB Assembly

Prototyping is just as important to the electronics manufacturing process as designing, engineering, and testing. Ignore it at your own risk....

China Tariffs: How Will They Affect Electronics Manufacturers?

NOTE: This article was updated on September 16, 2019 to reflect recent information regarding tariffs. Two days after Independence Day 2018, President Donald Trump’s aggressive new tariffs went into effect, imposing an extra 25% tax on imported Chinese goods. This ...

What Is a PCB Solderability Test?

Solder is what makes the electrical connections work on your printed circuit board (PCB). Solderability, then, measures how well metal is wetted by molten solder to secure those connections. It’s one of the most essential PCB testing methods....

8 Steps to Electronic Product Design With Surface Mount Technology

If you’re considering switching an existing electronic product design from through-hole technology to surface mount technology (SMT), you’ll want to do your homework first....

How’s the Electronic Component Shortage Looking in 2019 so Far?

May 14, 2019
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Components, Trends, Costs, Dynamic, Matric

Two things are fairly certain about the current electronic component shortage: It’ll end, and it’ll someday return....

Specs for Class 2 Electronic Product Design

When introducing a new electronic product design, many OEMs don’t fully understand the differences between IPC classifications -- or understand them at all....

Tariffs on Electronics From China: Another Delay

Feb 27, 2019
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Components, Trends, Costs, Dynamic, Matric

If there's anything certain in the U.S.-China tariffs staredown, it's uncertainty....

Best Types of PCB Material for Your Board

Most often, the foundation, or base, of a printed circuit board (PCB) consists of a substrate and laminate. Different substrate and laminate materials determine how the PCB will perform. So, selecting the right types of PCB material for the intended purposes is ...

Capabilities of a Flying Probe Test

PCB design is tricky. Depending on how complex your project is -- or how much is at stake if something fails -- you may need top-end testing before launching your product....

Get a Quicker Quote for PCB Prototype Sourcing in 5 Shortcuts

In an ideal world, getting a quote for prototype production from your electronics contract manufacturer (ECM) would go smoothly and quickly. But the reality of prototype quoting is much less streamlined than either original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) or ECMs ...