Mark Thompson’s Column

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Mark Thompson, customer liaison engineer for Prototron Circuits, has returned to Design007 Magazine this month with his extremely popular I-Connect007 column, “The Bare (Board) Truth.” 

Thompson took some time off from writing to focus on assisting Prototron’s customers with their engineering support needs. 

“Things got really busy at work for a while as we increased our technology and our number of customers, which encompassed a great deal of my time,” said Thompson. “But to tell you the truth, I really missed writing and interfacing with my readers.” 

Thompson said he was also motivated to begin writing again by seeing a decline in the quality of the data packages he receives customers.   

“At first, I thought that this was problem that only we were experiencing,” Thompson explained. “But after calling a few of my colleagues at other board houses, I realized that this problem is occurring everywhere.  It’s an industry-wide epidemic and something that is really affecting our ability to do our job to the best of our ability. Because of the data package issue, I will be especially focused on helping our customers’ designers and engineers gain a better knowledge of how boards are built, and what kind of data we need to build the best PCBs possible.” 

Mark Thompson’s latest column appears in the April 2018 Design007 Magazine.    

About Prototron

With over 30 years in business, Prototron Circuits is one of the industry leaders when it comes to high-technology quick-turn printed circuits boards. Their continued outstanding performance (98%+ quality and delivery) has made them a true preferred source of all companies needing reliable QTA PCBs. And now with their new global sourcing solutions, Prototron Circuits is truly America’s board source. Prototron has facilities in Redmond, Washington and Tucson, Arizona. Join their LinkedIn group, or click here.


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