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PCB Etchback Processes

PCB etchback is a process applied within to maintain optimized routing signals between multiple layers within printed circuit boards.

Semi-Flex PCBs vs. Flex PCBs

When choosing PCBs that can bend into place, electrical engineers have a choice between using flex and semi-flex PCBs. Following is a basic overview of how these two types of PCBs differ and their uses in modern electrical devices.

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. […]

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

  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 be in terms of achieving what we […]

Our way of conducting sustainability audits

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 Rights Labour and Working Conditions Health and Safety […]

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

  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 view about working at NCAB Group, […]

Copper coin PCBs – efficiency and reliability in thermal PCB management

  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 be a deciding factor at meeting product […]

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

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 order to tackle the subject. We have […]

Qualities of medically applied PCBs

PCBs in medical applications In this blog post we will discuss the 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 […]

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