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PCB Button Plating - what is it, when and why is it needed?

[This blog post is also available in German] First let’s discuss the basics when it comes to a typical rigid PCB. During the production process with a rigid PCB, we would image and etch our inner layer cores, laminate them together, drill and plate with Electro Deposited copper (ED copper), and then move on to […]

Our technical team - always ready to support you

Jeffrey Beauchamp – Technical / Engineering Manager at NCAB Group USA Jeffrey has been with NCAB since 2003. What are your responsibilities as Technical / Engineering Manager? I am responsible for supporting our customers with technical guidance, mentoring and assisting our team of technicians across North America and qualifying and maintaining our Domestic supplier base. […]

Understanding White PCB Solder Mask for LED Lighting Applications

  One example in particular is lighting applications. Found in vehicles, city infrastructure and warehouses, LED lighting is developing into a nuanced application that seeks to bring precise brightness and color for the perfect aesthetic. When it comes to lighting, the PCB can be the difference between a clean white glow in a room, or […]

Soft cost drivers in PCB production

[This blog post is also available in German] Soft cost drivers – an important factor That reason is whether your role is managerial, commercial or technical there is a good chance that you have an interest in ensuring that the printed circuit boards you are purchasing, designing or assembling are as efficient as they can […]

Our way of conducting sustainability audits

[This blog post is also available in German] Here is our sustainability audit process, in brief: Normally it takes two days to complete the full sustainability audit, and one day to do the follow-up audit. Every audit is done on factory site in accordance with a detailed template comprised of six parts: Management System Human […]

KTH Formula Student

Why is this project of interest for NCAB? “NCAB strive to fill up with new expertise in the field of technology and hence a broad recruitment base is needed. We want to attract all young people regardless of who you are and where you come from, both to encourage young people’s technological interest and at […]

Factory Management - our key to maximizing factory performance

[This blogpost is also available in German] Our Factory Management team have daily contact with the factories and our quality engineers are directly responsible for the factories’ performance, as well as for building relationships and working proactively with them to achieve improvements. We have talked to some of our Factory Management employees to hear their […]

Copper Coin PCBs – efficiency and reliability in thermal PCB management

[This blog post is also available in German] The overall goal of thermal management at the bare board and assembly level is to move the heat away from the heat-generating components to an external heat sink for dissipation. Better heat transfer will usually translate to lower mean time between failures (MTBF) and at times will […]

Why Your Standard PCB Fabrication Notes Needs Updating

I’ve noticed that our clients are understanding more and more that PCBs are the key component, but still have challenges communicating to their PCB suppliers what they want to build. When we receive Gerber files for an order there are times we cringe because we’re missing pieces of information necessary to make sure the PCB […]

Hard Cost Drivers in PCB production

[This blogpost is also available in German] Where do costs originate? Well, 80-90% of all costs are built into the project in a very early stage of the chain – before suppliers (EMS companies, PCB suppliers, etc.) have sight of the design. We always recommend involving your suppliers very early in the design stage. In […]