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.
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.
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.
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.
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.