I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

May 7, 2021 | Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007

Finally, it’s May. The snow has melted, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and summer is just around the corner. We’re slowly getting back to normal after the craziest year I can remember. And our industry is on the move! This week, we bring you a veritable seafood platter of articles and columns about PCB design, fabrication, and assembly.

IPC-2581 Revision C: Complete Build Intent for Rigid-Flex

April 30, 2021 | Ed Acheson, Cadence Design Systems

With the current design transfer formats, rigid-flex designers face a hand-off conundrum. You know the situation: My rigid-flex design is done so now it is time to get this built and into the product. Reviewing the documentation reveals that there are tables to define the different stackup definitions used in the design. The cross-references for the different zones to areas of the design are all there, I think. The last time a zone definition was missed, we caused a costly mistake.

Testing Todd: A Point of Order—Do Not Just Rearrange the Pencils!

April 28, 2021 | Todd Kolmodin, Gardien Services, USA

In our concentration on continuous improvement, we should look in to the order of things. Efficiency comes from streamlining processes, effective training, and the ability to monitor success through KPIs and feedback on deliverables.

The Right Approach: Leadership 101—The Law of Influence

April 27, 2021 | Steve Williams, The Right Approach Consulting

Good leadership always makes a difference; unfortunately, so does bad leadership. This leadership truth continues as we will be talking about the xecond of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, The Law of Influence.

Consider This: Termination of Flex Circuits

April 26, 2021 | John Talbot, Tramonto Circuits

There are many ways to terminate and connect flexible circuits to a rigid PCB. The most widely used technologies fall into four main categories: Reinforced male finger contacts, unreinforced male finger contacts, standard through-hole and surface mount PCB connectors and insulation displacement connectors.

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