The Digital Layout: Interaction—The Cure for Industry Contraction

October 4, 2021 | Kelly Dack, Printed Circuit Engineering Association

In this month’s column, I share reports from our PCEA leadership on a flurry of activity over the past month. Next, I highlight some inspiring words which our Chairman Steph Chavez recently delivered to our executive staff. Again, I am happy to provide our readers with a list of events which are coming up in 2021 and 2022.

From DesignCon: FCT Building Fifth Facility in China

October 4, 2021 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

During DesignCon, Nolan Johnson spoke with Terrill Schmidt of Flexible Circuit Technologies (FCT) about their exciting facility news and the customer demand that is driving the company’s growth.

Applying DFM Analysis to Flexible PCBs

October 1, 2021 | Patrick McGoff, Siemens Digital Industries Software

Flex circuit designs have unique properties and materials that separate them from rigid printed circuit boards. The flex circuits’ thinness makes them more delicate, and they are more susceptible to accidental damage during manufacturing. This negatively affects the yield, increasing the per-item cost. Let us explore why running concurrent DFM is even more important with flexible circuitry than for rigid PCBs.

Real Time with... American Standard Circuits: Flex and Rigid-Flex PCBs

September 30, 2021 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007

In the first of a series of three Real Time with…ASC interviews, I-Connect007 Managing Editor Nolan Johnson got some no-nonsense answers from Anaya Vardya and Dave Lackey on the topic of flex and rigid-flex PCBs. I was impressed by ASC’s generosity in sharing knowledge and technology.

PCB Talk: Collaboration To Shorten the Learning Curve

September 30, 2021 | Tara Dunn, Averatek

For those of you following my column or have attended one of my sessions on flex and rigid flex, you know that the number one message I try to drive home is to work with your fabricator early in the design process, especially when you are new to designing with flexible materials. I can tell countless stories about flexible circuit mis-steps...

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