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Common Printed Circuit Board Problems: Assembly

Often, design for manufacturability (DFM) problems originate during PCB layout but aren’t given the attention they deserve. When this happens, it falls on the manufacturer to find the errors, return the design for corrections, or make the alterations themselves. This circumstance could turn into an expensive and time-consuming process that could be avoided if design teams were better prepared in the early stages. To help identify these potential issues and ensure PCB designs are production-ready before they are sent out, here are some common printed circuit board problems in the assembly that you should know.

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Becoming a Bay Area Printed Circuit Boards Customer Service Representative

A good CSR resolves their client’s problems while providing them with a sense of confidence in the work that’s being done for them. This ability is essential in the circuit board manufacturing business, where there are many moving parts in building high-quality electronics in the shortest amount of time possible. Does this sound interesting to you? Then read on, and we’ll detail the need and importance of printed circuit boards customer service representatives in PCB manufacturing.


Common Printed Circuit Board Problems: Fabrication

The production of a high-quality bare fab circuit board is essential to the successful assembly of the final product. We’re going to start with some of the differences you can expect between different circuit board fabrication shops and how to choose between them. Then we will explore some of the more common circuit board problems with fabrication and what you can do to ensure the highest quality in your next PCB project.


Guide to PCB Grounding Techniques

“Ground” can serve many purposes in electronic design, including a physical connection to the earth, a reference point in a circuit for measuring voltages, and a common return path for signals and power. In PCB layout, the way ground is conducted through the board is critical for power and signal integrity. Designers must follow some specific guidelines to ensure the best performance of the completed board. To help, here is a guide to PCB grounding techniques for your next circuit board design.

The characteristic impedance of transmission lines starts with the board stackup.

Common Printed Circuit Board Problems: Components

This next part of the series will examine the problems surrounding the selection and use of components in PCB designs. Not only do designers need to carefully select the parts that will best serve the needs of the design, but there are also a host of supply chain issues to keep in mind. By examining these issues, you will be more equipped to resolve some of the common circuit board problems involving components.

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PCB Grounding in Mixed-Signal Design Expectations

Through the years, there have been many attempts to enhance circuit board signal integrity by altering the ground planes, but that often isn’t the best solution. This article will look at the problems with different ground plane configurations and some of the better alternatives. We will also list some recommendations to help with the layout of PCB grounding in mixed-signal designs.