Technical Articles

Advanced Assembly, LLC. has published these technical articles:

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It's June of 2021, and PCB Designers cannot get the electronic components they need to manufacture their designs, and engineers want to know why. The answers can be broken down into four "C's": Covid,...
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Prototyping your printed circuit board is a pre-manufacturing process that you can utilize to your full advantage. Curious as to why you should? Here are three benefits of prototyping before PCB...
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When it comes to PCB assembly, though the simplest electronic devices are relatively easy to design, it can be very difficult to create a functioning board. Here are a few excellent tips that will...
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Printed circuit boards-aka PCBs-are the building blocks behind complex electronic component functionality. The rising demand for fresh technological innovation calls for advancements in PCB layout and...
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Numerous types of integrated circuit packages exist on the market. Let's examine closer their varied mountings and specialized applications. Here's what to know about the four most common types of IC...
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Quick-turn PCB prototypes are a timely solution for companies who require PCB models before the final manufacturing process. With the ability to produce a prototype within a specific timeframe, this...
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For established companies and up-and-coming entrepreneurs alike, outsourcing your PCB assembly is always a good idea. From navigating the complexities of circuit board manufacturing to keeping up with...
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In our recent industry survey, we asked over 600 engineers and buyers to share tips and advice with their fellow engineers....
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Placing a PCB order is an important task that needs to be done with thought and care. If not handled correctly, significant consequences may follow, including improperly functioning products,...
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Not all problems are created equal. Some problems are easy to solve, and some are impossible. Figure out which category your problems fall in, prioritize them, and tackle them in a logical order....
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How can you choose the right type of solder for your project's needs? Never fear-we've compiled a general guide on the five types of printed circuit board soldering. Here's what to keep in mind about...
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Printed circuit boards are much smaller than they used to be. Despite their tiny form, it is still crucial to provide the necessary information to manufacturers and engineers. PCB silkscreen printing...
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We will explore each of the six types of printed circuit boards and their applications...
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Accurately assembling PCBs is not an easy task; it takes experience, technology, and, above all, dedicated people to ensure your projects are done right....
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With a turnkey assembly service, the client simply submits the design files and the assembler handles the rest....
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One may think that color choice doesn't matter much for the printed circuit board industry, but that assumption wouldn't be correct....
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The world has changed. More engineers are working from home than ever before and many are tasked with solving problems they would have previously done in a lab. One such problem is how to rework a...
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Assembling PCBs is a vital part of keeping up with our rapidly advancing technological society. In a world that wants more in a shorter period of time, full turnkey assembly is an incredibly important...
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This 4-page guide is a good starting point for using BGAs in your designs....
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For your products to function, you need printed circuit boards. From the pager used in a hospital to the sophisticated computer or phone you are using to read this, PCBs are a part of life we cannot...
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Here is a step-by-step process of PCB board assembly....
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If you sit all day your health will suffer. One way to solve this problem is to purchase a standing desk or make your own...
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There are steps you can take to mitigate disasters before they happen. Keep asking yourself "what happens if this fails in the worst imaginable way?" and take steps to correct them. Disasters don't...
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[H]ow does solder-thieving work, and how can you avoid it in your next design?...
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Determining the right PCB stackup configuration is one of the most important aspects to achieving a high functioning product. A properly built PCB substrate can reduce electromagnetic emissions,...
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Why PCB inspections are so important....
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After 15 years of working with electrical engineers, we have come to know the common pain points faced when developing new electronic products. That's why we are excited to share with you a cool new...
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This article provides an introduction to the various machinery used in AOI, from image capture to examination....
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Repeatability is a concern. A visual inspector might miss it - a machine will not....
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How do PCBs operate every day?...
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A look at Electroplating...
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6 best design practices that are sure to speed up your next design....
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Joe Grand teaches engineers how hackers compromise embedded systems so the engineers can begin to defend against future hacks. With the growing presence of unsecured Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices...
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Documentation is not a glorious part of the design process and can be easily marginalized. But with a small investment in time up front, the whole manufacturing and assembly process will be smoother...
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Break out or "fan out" is a process used for getting traces out from underneath the board when working with BGAs. There are a number of different methods for breaking out traces, so of which can...
(Electrical and Electronic Contract Manufacturing)
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The Electronics Boom Has Led to a Widespread Component Shortage: Why It's Happening and How to Avoid It Affecting Your PCB Projects...
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Just because you pick a capacitor that says 10 µF does not mean that it has 10 µF capacitance. A variety of factors can act to decrease capacitance. Those factors are time, temperature, and voltage....
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Anytime an atom / molecule can emit mass or energy and enter a lower energy state, the laws of physics say it will do just that. Nuclear power and research engineers design electronics for...
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At ground level, cosmic radiation is usually a 6s event - it's the last failure mode a designer would need to consider. If you design products for high-reliability applications, cosmic radiation must...
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Unfortunately, statistics and luck determine whether or not your design will be struck by a primary or secondary cosmic ray, and your component choice and circuit design skills will determine whether...
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Engineers must balance competing priorities when they create a printed circuit board design. Some design decisions are arbitrary, while others are unavoidable. Understanding the PCB Fabrication and...
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Definitions of Common Parts...
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This free webinar covers several facets of Design and Fabrication with Heavy Copper. "Heavy copper" is generally any copper heavier than around 1.5 ounces per square foot. Specific topics include:...
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The design stage of a product's life cycle is arguably one of the most crucial decision-making periods, as 70 to 80 percent of the overall manufacturing cost can be projected at this stage. Engineers...
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BOM Builder is a software tool used to prepare electronic component data for automated assembly...
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Learn the real costs of quality. In this webinar, Advanced Assembly exposes the hidden and not-so-hidden costs behind quality programs in PCB manufacturing. Find out what's behind a quality assurance...
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In this eBook, learn the importance of part selection, how to work with BGAs and small parts, and the pitfalls of component selection...
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If you allow the temperature of your board to fluctuate excessively, or rise to extremes, you can drastically reduce the lifespan of your design. This eBook will take a look at thermodynamic...
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Today's printed circuit boards come in three different forms: flexible, rigid-flexible, and rigid. While the names give away the boards' most obvious differences, there are quite a few things they...
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Sometimes the most unbearable place to be is at a fork in the road. You have to choose between one path or another. Otherwise, you can't go anywhere-and end up going absolutely nowhere. Whenever you...
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A preview of our new eBook on "The Chemical and Physical Fundamentals of Vapor Phase Reflow Soldering"...
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While there are entire textbooks that cover the topic of BGAs, their use and fanout techniques, the quick overview provided here offers an engineer a good starting point for using BGAs in designs....
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Printed circuit boards are found in just about anything electronic, from industrial manufacturing equipment to vehicles, to children's toys. Made from fiberglass, metal components, epoxy, and a green...
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Whether a sensor package is placed on an airplane, a spacecraft, or down the borehole of a wellhead, the cost of failure can often be measured in hundreds of lives or millions of dollars lost.For...
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Here's how turnkey circuit board assembly services can help you reduce your circuit board turnaround time....
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Every manufacturer has their own unique part numbering scheme. In addition to the part type, the numbering scheme helps to differentiate between alternate footprints....
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The factors to consider when selecting the most ideal relationship....
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The latest toy in the electrical engineer's toolbox is the Raspberry Pi Pico, a $4 microcontroller module....
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This chapter provides a quick review of thermodynamic terms. The second chapter discusses thermal failure mechanisms and basic design considerations. The third chapter discusses heat sources and heat...
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Important industry facts, statistics, and advice for other PCB designers....
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If your project depends on hard-to-find passives, consider purchasing them before you even begin to layout your PCB design. You can consign them to Advanced Assembly when you place your order and...
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Laminates form the foundation of printed circuit boards. Even the best designed boards can be ruined by the wrong laminate. In this article, learn the different variables to consider when selecting...
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Sometimes called "spell check" for PCB designs, DFM and DFA software checks can prevent hours to days of holds and delays. In this free webinar learn how DFM/DFA software checks work, what errors are...
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In today's high-tech world, electrical engineers have many choices when it comes to designing their PCBs, including what type of laminate to use. Laminates form the foundation for a high-functioning...
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Whether its production-quantity PCBs or a handful of prototypes, most engineers no longer manually solder components. As the size of parts and boards continue to shrink, modern designers must rely on...
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In this free webinar, learn all about vias including basic terminology, types of vias, the fabrication process, how vias are inspects and common design mistakes....
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While PCBs undergo the manufacturing process, there is one factor technicians must watch out for: warpage. Warpage is essentially any deformation of the PCB, including bending, bowing, and twisting....
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Multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) have stacked layers of conductors and dielectric materials. The dielectric materials have desirable and undesirable physical characteristics that change with...
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The printed circuit boards (PCBs) that are ubiquitous today were originally called printed wiring boards (PWBs) and began entering commercial devices in the 1950s. Back then, engineers would be lucky...
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Every board designed is unique, has different requirements, and requires different trade-offs on the design, but there are basic guidelines of component placement that will go a long way toward...
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To the untrained eye, there is not much variation in how different finishes look or perform on a circuit board, but, with time and experience, subtle and not-so-subtle differences emerge....
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When considering the long term reliability of a PCB, you must take into account the vias that you have on your board. While an invaluable and essential part of board design, vias introduce weaknesses...
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Rotary encoders are electromechanical devices that detect an axle's absolute or relative rotational position. The resolution of the encoder determines the minimum detectable angular displacement....
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Seven of the most commonly overlooked elements of component PCB design....
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Printed circuit boards come in three different styles: single-sided, double-sided, and multilayered. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on single and double-sided PCBs. In the world of...
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To learn more about common DFT mistakes, we spoke to Joe Selvick and Duncan Lowder at FixturFab....
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Our days are intertwined with electronic devices of all sizes. While most devices are flexible, efficient, and lightweight, they also have one more thing in common-each uses flexible circuit boards....
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In today's world, there is a good chance you have heard the term PCB, but many do not realize just what these are or what their purpose is....
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Over 100 years ago in 1903, German inventor, Albert Hanson, conceptualized flat foil conductors by laminating multiple layers of thin metal to an insulating board. Thomas Edison further experimented...
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With so much of our lives revolving around electronics, from circuit boards in our laptops to the inner workings of LED televisions, the risk of losing our data to strong magnetic fields seems quite...
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Key considerations when panelizing printed circuit boards...
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Staying up to date on the latest printed circuit board applications and technologies on the market is no easy feat. We've compiled a general guide on what's happening in the current PCB landscape to...
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What is the problem with loudspeakers?...
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This article examines Design for Assembly process and best practices as they apply to modern PCB designs....
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Layers are not always aligned and drills wander. Unless you are requesting class 3 fabrication, which is expensive, your via can break 90° out of the annular ring, eliminating up to 1/4 of the...
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Vias formed with mechanical drills are described as through-hole, blind, and buried based on the layers that they start and stop on. Through-hole vias go through all layers of a board, blind vias...
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PCB manufacturers can choose between two primary forms of soldering - wave soldering or reflow soldering. Here are the key differences to keep in mind....
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Some of the things engineers look for when choosing a part for a design....
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Keep the Commercial-Off-The-Shelf designs in mind before you set off on your next Bespoke design....
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Start-up companies are great when it comes to developing new mobile apps, but a lack of experience can be detrimental when assembling complex printed circuit boards. In fact, using an inexperienced...
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In the world of engineering, costs can rack up pretty quickly. Plans fail to account for a variable, or some estimates may prove to be very underestimated. It can be a struggle to find cost-saving...