TIP OF THE DAY :

Almost every PCB needs to interface with the outside world in some way or another, or interface with other PCB’s within the internal structure. This means that power and I/O connectors are very common, and unfortunately requirements are commonly overlooked.

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TIP OF THE DAY :

Similar to the connector issue, it’s vital that you clearly define any “keep out” zones intended for aspects such as mounting holes or sensitive circuitry. While you are defining those zones, remember that solder mask isn’t considered a reliable insulator, so take care that there is proper distance between copper and any mounting hardware.

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TIP OF THE DAY :

Connectors – especially thru-hole connectors – present opportunities for error in both layout and in assembly. First, it’s not always obvious to the PCB layout specialist which side of the board the connector needs to go on. Then, during assembly, the electronic data often doesn’t specify which side of the board a thru-hole component will go on. We’re left to rely on silk screen or notes in the mechanical assembly drawing.

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A few days ago, I took a rare day off and went whale watching.  It was not all good news.  We got some great sights, but often times the sightings were too far out for a cell camera.  Or the sighting was amazing and right up close, but too fast to get the phone out and snap a pic.  I can share some pics later, but really it was the experience that made it worthwhile.
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Time flies.  Period.  I no longer think that having fun or not, plays a factor.  Or maybe it does?  As a general rule, I really enjoy my work at San Diego PCB.  So yes, maybe time does fly because we have fun as a team.  Where was I going with this?
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