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Heat Management: Don't Lose Your Cool

Managing heat cannot be an afterthought. The basic design has to aim at generating the lowest amounts of heat. Unless the design deliberately addresses the issues of heat generation, control, and management, the device is bound to have a short operational life. Learn more about heat management for your next PCB design.

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What Factors Slow Down PCB Manufacturing?

Most people who need PCB services don't have a lot of extra time to spare. That's why there's an increased need for faster services that don’t sacrifice quality or are too expensive. But finding the right PCB partner can be difficult without thoroughly researching all the options. Not all PCB manufacturing companies are created equal; if you make assumptions, you could end up dealing with unnecessary (and costly) delays you hadn't anticipated. Let's take a closer look at some of the factors that can slow down the PCB manufacturing process.

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The Importance of 3D X-Ray Testing During Printed Circuit Board Assembly

Printed circuit board assembly has come a long way in recent years. Now that PCB assembly can easily be performed by machine, PCB manufacturers have been able to increase their production and drastically reduce the time required for this process. In fact, a few PCB assemblers even offer standard turnaround times of three days or less -- 75% faster than the industry average. However, clients who rely on these circuit boards will never be willing to sacrifice quality for speed. In order to ensure PCB production maintains a high-quality standard and exceeds customer expectations, PCB assemblers must prioritize testing during the prototyping and mass production processes.

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Advanced Assembly Featured on Manufacturing Marvels

Advanced Assembly was recently featured in a segment called Manufacturing Marvels on Fox Business Network. We thought you might enjoy this behind-the-scenes tour of our facility and people.

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The Process of Panelization in PCB Manufacturing and What it Means for Your Prototype

Printed circuit board assembly can be a complex task, but with the right experience it can be done smoothly and efficiently. When it comes to PCB assembly, a common manufacturing tool to use is panelization. Panelization in PCB manufacturing refers to the grouping of boards for quicker processing.

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Common Issues You Should Avoid When Transitioning to Machine PCB Assembly

Making any kind of change can come with its fair share of frustrations and pitfalls, but those issues can just about double when it comes to change in a highly technical industry like printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication. So when it comes time for you to make the switch from hand-made PCBs to automated PCB assembly, it's important to know what you're up against.


Why No Part Subs is a Bad Idea

To ensure an engineer's designs are assembled exactly as specified, they sometimes will include a note that says “No Part Subs.” This means that if the designated part is no longer available, out of stock or obsolete, substitutions are not allowed. However, when inventory is limited, there are many reasons why “No Part Subs” is a bad idea.


The Benefits of Turnkey PCB Assembly Services for Entrepreneurs

In the digital age, it's no surprise that new businesses across a wide array of industries rely on technological hardware to get the job done. Research shows just how prevalent these technologies are: while PCBs have been around since the midcentury, it wasn't until 1995 that the industry was valued at $7.1 billion. Since 2012, the industry has reached $60 billion worldwide. That's a staggering amount of growth in a short time.


BGAs: What They Are & When to Use Them

The ball grid array (BGA) is a surface-mount chip package that is used to mount embedded devices (e.g. microprocessors) by melting balls of solder between the face of the device and the circuit board.


Common Causes Of PCB Failure, Explained

Printed circuit boards can be found in virtually every tool we use on a daily basis. From computers and cell phones to our television sets and portable speakers, we rely on PCBs to make our world work. But sometimes, PCBs don't work the way they should. Whether due to material defects or environmental factors, here are just a few of the most common reasons for PCB failure.