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ESD in Electronics Manufacturing: What PCB Engineers Should Know

In printed circuit board manufacturing, static is Electrostatic Discharge or ESD, and it can be a real problem if not contained and controlled. Thankfully there are a lot of processes and techniques that PCB contract manufacturers use to make sure that your board doesn’t suffer from ESD contamination. Let’s take a look here at what the different problems are with ESD in electronics manufacturing, and how they can be dealt with.

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How are PCB Vias Plated?

Merriam-Webster reports that a “via” is either, “by way of,” or “by means of.” Come to think of it, that describes the purpose of a via in a PCB pretty well. An electrical signal is conducted by way of and by means of this small hole called a via. Let’s drill down a little deeper into this subject and find out more about what vias are, and answer the question of just how are PCB vias plated.

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EMI/EMC Standards for Medical Devices

Just as the design of a boat will determine its use for water sports, how electronics are designed will also determine if they can be used in medical applications. Specifically, there are standards for electromagnetic interference (EMI) that have to be tested for in order to meet the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements of the medical devices. It is very important that medical equipment not be disrupted from the operation of other electronics like cell phones, and these standards ensure that.