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Via Hole Design – a cautionary tale

Imagine you are a start-up company. You spent a year designing a product from start to finish. You have built the prototypes; there were some snags along the way but ultimately, the end product is perfect. You’re finally ready for volume production. Once you use multiple suppliers pricing out your bare board, you discover there’s […]

NCAB and the Sustainable Development Goals

  Through our sustainability work, and with our stakeholders, we are working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with our main contribution being to 9 out of the 17 goals. The Global Goals document, and its targets, will serve as an important guide in our work to further build our sustainability strategy and thus […]

HDI - high density interconnect PCBs - design trends

The need arises when one no longer thinks of an object that has a single and simple function, but of objects that are evolving in terms of performance and aesthetic appearance, and they have the ability to perform multiple functions and operations. The most classic example is the mobile phone. It transformed from a single […]

Via hole plugging - what is it and when can it be used

Are there different types of via hole plugging or protection?  Are there variants when calling for a ‘plugged’ via? Yes there are. In fact there are seven types of via hole ‘protection’. Some are recommended and some are not, some are necessary for certain technologies, and all have different ‘names’. In this text, we will […]

PCB materials - how to make the right choice

As features such as blind and buried vias, multilayer HDI stack-ups and high frequency signals become more common, the dielectric materials used in production need to be carefully selected to ensure the PCB operates to its highest potential. Material Producer The material producer refers the company that produces the specific material you want to use, […]

Alleviate price increases with your PCB designs

There are many articles that have explained the reasoning for the increased pricing, including this one here [Prices of Copper-Clad Laminates Continue to Rise (iconnect007.com)]. We are going to focus on how you can respond, but understanding some of the driving factors to increased price and lead time. One of the biggest impacts to a […]

Applications of PCBs – use field engineering experts on your design

  Have your PCB supplier involved early in the design phase First, let’s discuss a resource like this. At NCAB Group, they are field application engineers (FAEs). The benefit here is an experienced field application engineer will have worked on many PCBs for a variety of applications and have the capability and knowledge to recommend […]

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

  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 pattern plating. So you have copper foil […]

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. […]

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