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Common Solder Mask Issues With PCBs

Even with all the latest technology, things can still go wrong with your PCB. Below, we'll list some of the most common issues that occur when applying solder mask to printed circuit boards and why they happen.

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Single Layer Vs. Multi-Layer PCBs: Differences Explained

PCBs have come a long way since they first came on the scene. Now, they're used in virtually every device we use on a daily (or constant) basis. But how much do you really know about the design of a printed circuit board? For instance: what's the difference between a PCB with a single layer design and one that has multiple layers? Why are multi-layered boards made in only even-numbered pairs? And what are some of the advantages associated with these board designs?

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Printed Circuit Board Evolution: How PCB Assembly Has Changed

Printed circuit board assembly has certainly evolved quite a bit during the last few decades. To fully understand just how far we've come, it's important to look back. In today's post, we'll discuss the evolution of PCB assembly from its humble beginnings to where we're headed today.

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Colorful PCBs: Does Solder Mask Hue Impact Functionality?

Traditionally, circuit boards are green. But today's world is more diverse -- even when it comes to PCBs! Although green boards are still popular, many PCB assembly services now offer a variety of solder mask colors to customers. What does this mean for the PCB fabrication process? And can you expect to receive all different hues of PCBs when you place an order for circuit board assembly services? We'll discuss this colorful topic in today's post.

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PCB Design Mistakes: Avoiding Common Missteps

When you rely on printed circuit boards to make your products function as intended, any little mistake could result in a colossal setback for your operations. That's why it's so important to get everything right the first time. Of course, that may not always be possible -- but if you plan ahead and take care to side-step these mishaps, you'll be more likely to be 100% satisfied with the final results.

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Assembling High Current Heavy Copper PCBs

While heavy copper serves to remove heat from the components, it can be detrimental to the soldering process. Find out how to counteract this double-edged sword.

Electrostatic Discharge and Its Effect on PCBs

Electrostatic Discharge and Its Effect on PCBs

A simple electric charge could compromise a printed circuit board and cause permanent damage. Let's take a closer look at the risks electrostatic discharge poses for PCBs.

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Seven Common Component Selection Pitfalls

Component selection and placement are mutually dependent on one another and need to be continuously monitored at all stages of design. With hundreds of factors to account for, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Below are seven of the most commonly overlooked elements of component PCB design.