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The Current Material Situation

Due to an increased demand for advanced materials to support the growth in 5G applications, many laminate manufacturers have increased the production and output of high-performance or high-speed material at the expense of standard performance materials. The current situation is having a negative effect on the supply of standard performance material (low-to-mid Tg). The consequence […]

Qualities of Medically Applied PCBs

In this inaugural column, I will discuss details of PCBs used in medical applications, highlighting some of the differences in terms of demands and how the design must be handled. We have seen electronics become increasingly significant in the medical field. Advancements in medical technology have provided dramatically improved diagnostics and treatments for patients. Look […]

PCB standards - why do we need them?

As a designer, you now have to think about more than just the software you design on. In order to ensure that you have a robust design you have to understand how to design for manufacturability (DFM), how to design for the environment (DFE), how to design for reliability (DFR), design for test (DFT), etc. […]

How do we verify conformance?

But.. At some point we still need to be able to demonstrate that the product that we have supplied is correct, not just in terms of the physical characteristics, but also against that specification that ultimately determines functionality. Have the correct materials been used? Do we have the correct dielectric spacing? Etc. This is where […]

Reliable PCBs – key factor that determines the quality of the end product

Reliability is a key factor right from the start of the PCB production process. If a PCB has a reliability issue, the end product itself is at risk. The important thing is getting it right first time. Trying to improve reliability once the product is designed and in production can lead to massively high costs […]

Key aspects for a reliable PCB

We know that good reliability is secured by achieving a good balance between verification on a product level and verification of the process. It cannot be achieved by screening or sorting on a product level – you cannot ‘inspect in’ good quality or reliability as the old adage goes. Classifications according IPC Class 1: General […]

Understand RF PCB Design – view and solutions

The challenges There are many new challenges for PCB designers, when handling RF board. Among them, the top four factors are: RF is far more sensitive to noise, incurring ringing and reflections, which must be treated with great care. Impedance matching is extremely critical for RF. And, the higher the frequency, the smaller the tolerance […]

More electronics in smaller spaces – the advantages and challenges with flex boards

The boards not only have to be technologically advanced, but also physically flexible. This has made board types such as flex, semi-flex and flex-rigid interesting for new categories. Jeffrey Beauchamp, Field Application Engineer for NCAB Group’s Eastern Region in the United States, gives his view on this subject. Today we are seeing how more and […]

New warehouse facilitates our logistics

The new NCAB Group UK warehouse is finally ready after being renovated during 13 months. NCAB Group UK have many customers who require warehousing, and providing this service gives us an additional competitive edge. It is the last step in our logistics and is something we take pride in so it is important that we […]

NCAB Group Sweden key contributor to smart electronics handbook

The aim of the handbook is to help everyone in the supply chain to take more knowledge based decisions. Many times, design engineers spend a lot of time to create fantastic products – but when it comes to manufacturing, information is lost along the way. This can lead to a product that does not carry […]