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Optimizing Thermal & Mechanical Performance in PCBs

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Optimizing thermal and mechanical performance in PCBs

Engineers are always striving to make a lighter, faster and stronger PCB. In order to achieve their designs, engineers must turn to alternative materials to enhance their designs. There are many materials that allow for thermal, coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and rigidity. Many times if a material enables an engineer to have CTE they will have to sacrifice thermal. Currently carbon composite laminates are being used in order to achieve an ideal PCB with thermal, CTE and rigidity with almost no weight premiums.

Credit/Source: Alex Mangroli, Kris Vasoya  ,  Stablcor Inc.


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Ways to erase IC marking

Posted by johnlee

Prior to packing the boards, we cover the marking on the IC by dispensing epoxy on top it. This is a way to protect our design so no one can copy it...»»

Cleaning procedure when WS609 flux is used

Posted by Arun

Is normal DI rinse cycle enough to wash away all residue after SMT assembly of high density substrate?. This substrate would later be over molded to form MCM module... »»

Usb Type A Connector Help

Posted by operarator

We have a customer who is using a standard USB Type A Connector on their assemblies. They don't want to add a housing to the assembly... »»

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PCB Design Excellence

Trade Show/Exhibition/Conference | Premier EDA Solutions Ltd.

Tue, February 05, 2008 | The Stone House Hotel, UK

A two-day course providing an intermediate level of training in PCB design. Ideal for electronics engineering graduates, electronics technicians and draughtsmen... »»

SMT Boot Camp

Seminar/Course | BEST Inc

Mon, February 11, 2008 | Rolling Meadows, IL, USA

This course is meant for those involved in electronics manufacturing who desire a thorough understanding of surface mounted electronic assemblies... »»

Desmear Metallization and Plating of Flex & Rigid Flex Printed Wiring Boards

Seminar/Course | IPC

Thu, February 14, 2008 | Phoenix, AZ, USA

In this workshop, you will gain insights and get recommendations on the desmear and metallization of flexible, rigid-flex and high-performance rigid materials... »»

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This position requires concurrent-engineering practices focused on heavy interaction with design engineering, NPI process development... »»

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Providing leadership for the operations in the work center by presenting a positive, professional, and unbiased attitude towards all employees...»»

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Industry Associations


SMTA - Surface Mount Technology Association is a non-profit international association of companies and individuals (totalling 4,000) involved in all aspects of advanced electronics assembly, surface mount and related technologies. Membership Info

SMTA Certification for SMT Processes and Six Sigma Green Belt


Next Event: SMTA Oregon Chapter Training Day


IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries is a US-based trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its nearly 2,600 member companies which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed wiring board manufacturing and electronics assembly. Membership Info

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