Rapid Prototyping of Printed Circuit Boards at AFCEA West

LPKF Laser & Electronics has announced it will exhibit at AFCEA West 2014, which takes place February 11-13 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. LPKF provides in-house rapid PCB prototyping systems for a variety of applications and will demonstrate its best-selling prototyping system, the ProtoMat S63, in booth 1542. The ProtoMat S63 is a benchtop milling system that features high spindle speed and feature resolution to quickly and accurately produce printed circuit board...

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Rapid Prototyping of Printed Circuit Boards at Satellite 2014

LPKF Laser & Electronics has announced it will exhibit at the Satellite 2014 exhibition, which takes place March 11-13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. LPKF provides in-house rapid PCB prototyping systems for a variety of applications and will demonstrate its best-selling system, the ProtoMat S63, in booth 8120. The ProtoMat S63 is a benchtop milling system that features high spindle speed and feature resolution to quickly and accurately produce printed circ...

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AT&S looks back on a successful financial year 2013/14

AT&S Group’s sales for the financial year 2013/14 reached EUR 590m, an increase of around 9% on the previous year’s total (2012/13: approx. EUR 542m). Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) amounted to EUR 127m, an increase of around 24% on the 2012/13 total of around EUR 102m. Consolidated net income for the financial year 2013/14 rose to EUR 38m. The capital increase (gross proceeds of about EUR 100m) and the placement of a bonded loan (gross proceeds of EUR...

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Electronic components and assemblies expect moderate growth

The German market for printed circuit boards is forecasted to grow 3.9% in 2014, reaching a value of around EUR 1.43 billion. The semiconductor market will grow by 5.4 percent to EUR 11.2 billion, says Dr. Wolfgang Bochtler, Chairman of the industry association ZVEI PCB and Electronic Systems. However, the market for Thin Film Circuits will have to cope with a decline of 2.3 percent to EUR 540 million. The entire market segment (PCBs, thin film circuits, electromechanical and passive component...

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Additive Processing for Printed Circuit Boards

Although manufacturing printed circuit boards through additive processes resolves some of the difficulties presented by subtractive manufacturing, additive methods also introduce their own levels of complexity and challenges in producing circuit boards of consistent quality. In essence, additive processes are based on introducing material to an assembly rather than subtracting from it, and in the case of printed circuit board manufacturing, this process can come in a variety of forms, including ...

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4 Types of Printed Circuit Boards

printed circuit boards are found in all kinds of electronic gadgets, because these gadgets won’t be able to function without them. Depending on the kind of device, the circuit board can be a simple or complex. Read this article to know about the different types of printed circuit boards. Single-sided circuit board Among all the different kinds of circuit boards, the single-sided circuit board is the simplest and easiest to create. As a matter of fact, single-sided boards are commonly made at h...

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Things to Consider when Buying Printed Circuit Boards

Hello, and welcome to another hub of mine about electronics. In this hub, you'll learn what is involved in buying a batch of printed circuit boards for your future electronics project, from design to assembly. Let's get started, first some info for those who don't know what PCB are ( This guide is a rewrite of my own quick guide to buying printed circuit boards, available at PCB reference). Printed circuit boards are made of laminates of insulating materials, often fiberglass covered with epox...

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Home Made Circuit Boards

As a ham radio operator involved in making some of my own equipment, it is often really nice to have access to custom made circuit boards, but until a few years ago that wasn’t an option. When I was in high school the process of creating a printed circuit board appeared well beyond the scope of a home brew project. My high school teacher had the materials and know how, but at the time they appeared to be out of my reach. Then I found and bought a circuit board kit from Radio Shack, and discovere...

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How Printed Circuit Boards Are Made

A printed circuit board, or PCB, is a self-contained module of interconnected electronic components found in devices ranging from common beepers, or pagers, and radios to sophisticated radar and computer systems. The circuits are formed by a thin layer of conducting material deposited, or "printed," on the surface of an insulating board known as the substrate. Individual electronic components are placed on the surface of the substrate and soldered to the interconnecting circuits. Contact fingers...

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Photos of contaminated printed circuit boards

Photos of contaminated printed circuit boardsLate last month we posted Michelle Woolley’s article Gross causes of PCB failures, complete with pictures of ants and mosquitos in the most unfortunate places. I asked for readers to send in their own stories/pictures. Here are the first few that have come in. Feel free to keep sending them and I’ll add them here. Fuzz and DustSystems engineer Dean Severns sent in a picture of a failed power module that was returned from the field. It had been use...

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Miniature Photoelectric Sensors for Perfect Printed Circuit Boards Detection–Series ML8

ML8-8-H for detection and positioning of printed circuit boards Printed circuit boards are inherent in the majority of machines and products people use every day. From household appliances to consumer electronics and even the cars we drive; electronic systems are used. These systems include one or more printed circuit boards. Reliable and precise handling of printed circuit boards throughout the manufacturing cycle is critical and contributes directly to the increased efficiency of the producti...

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IPC Standards in Printed Circuit Boards

Quality standards are highly important when manufacturing electronic printed circuit boards. PCBs are often produced in bulk, so any kind of fault that would hamper the effective operation of one PCB could affect dozens or even hundreds of them. At the same time, when you make any kind of purchase, you expect a certain level of quality. What is the IPC?IPC is a global trade association for the electronics industry. The ‘Institute for Printed Circuits’ (IPC) is the association connecting ele...

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How to Assemble Circuit Boards at Home

Printed circuit boards are thin, rugged plastic boards that have a copper foil pattern bonded to them. The foil forms connections between electronic parts and makes a circuit. Whether you've etched and drilled your own circuit board or you purchased one as part of a kit, assemble it by placing parts and soldering them to the board. In addition to putting the parts in the right locations, some require careful orientation before you can solder them. Instructions 1 Inspect the circuit board. If ...

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How to Make a Homemade Circuit Board

All electronics utilize circuits as a means of transmitting and using electricity, so anyone interested in electronics as a hobby or career should familiarize themselves with circuit boards. Fortunately, constructing a homemade circuit board is a relatively simple and straightforward task. With some basic tools and a few hours to spare, anyone can build their own circuit board and create the foundation for a much deeper experience with electronics. InstructionsMaking A Basic Printed Circuit Boa...

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DIY: Printed Circuit Boards

Sooner or later, an electronics experimenter will want to make a printed circuit board, or PCB. Many magazines and websites provide PCB creation illustrations for a circuit featured in an article. Historically, do-it-yourselfers only had limited options when making a PCB. Techniques included custom cutting traces on a proto-board or building an ultraviolet light box for photo etching. In 2011, electronics hobbyists can create professional-quality printed circuit boards at home with minimal effor...

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How to Calculate Size of the PCB

All electronic devices, such as cellphones and computers, contain Printed Circuit Boards or PCBs. A typical PCB has a large number of electronic components. Each of these components is connected to some other component through thin copper strips called traces. Together they make up the electronic circuitry designed to perform specific tasks. The size of a PCB depends on how many components it has, how densely it is populated and how many connectors there are on the board. Instructions 1 Open ...

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Conduction Cooling Techniques for PCBs

printed circuit boards make use of conductive and convective cooling as their primary methods. Radiated heat plays a much smaller role. Conduction is facilitated by the use of heat sinks, strategically placed metal parts and the use of thermally conductive adhesives to bond parts to the boards. In some cases, the boards are designed to also help dissipate heat. Heat SinksHeat sinks are usually finned aluminum extrusions attached atop heat sensitive electronic devices such as microprocessors. So...

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Tips for RF PCB Design

The radio frequency printed circuit boards, also called RF PCBs, pose a number of design challenges. These challenges arise from the highly intrusive nature of radio frequencies that can lead to noise induction as well as pickup. A number of steps can be taken to minimize this pickup and consequent deterioration of the PCB performance. Ground PlaneMake sure that your PCB has as large a ground plane as possible. Ground planes help minimize not only ground loop currents but also RF leakage into ...

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PCB Grounding Techniques

All electronic devices, such as televisions and telephones, have one or more Printed Circuit Boards or PCBs. A typical PCB contains a large number of electronic components connected together through traces on the board. To operate the circuit, some power supply provides the voltage. For the circuit to function properly, the ground of all the components on the board should be equal to the ground of that power supply. Ground PlaneA ground plane is a piece of copper on the board covering a large ...

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How to Connect Multiple Ground Planes on Multilayer PCBs

Printed circuit boards, or PCB, consist of arrays of copper tracks and components on an insulating substrate. The copper tracks are typically a few microns in size and, therefore, many hundreds of components can be squeezed into a small space. A PCB will typically have a reference ground plane to which all electrical zero-volt terminals will be connected to reduce noise. Multilayer PCBs consist of many thin layers that have been glued together. Any component on an individual layer can make conta...

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