Pete’s Top Ten PCB Articles for 2015

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1. Barry Matties and Bryan  Bernas: Whelen Engineering Reduces Cycle Time by Building a New Automated PCB Factory

The future of american manufacturing might be found in the small community of charlestown, new hampshire, at Whelen engineering. A company founded and headquartered in connecticut in the 1950s, Whelen is a leading manufacturer of all things relating to emergency lights and sirens for the automobile and aviation industries.

2. Alun Morgan: Fire Retardancy: What, Why and How 

Flame retardants are compounds, which when added to materials during or after manufacture, inhibit or suppress the combustion process.

3. Tarja Rapala-Virtanen, et al: Next-Generation Ultra-Thin HDI PCB Manufacturing Challenges

High-density interconnection (HDI) PCB technology is advancing to enable increased miniaturization and functionality of products such as smartphones, tablet computers and wearable devices.

4. Dr. Jon Harrop: Opportunities for 3D Printed   Structural Electronics

Today’s 3d printers have many limitations, but the boundaries are being pushed and exciting developments are continuously being made. One of the most promising recent developments in the world of 3d printing is multimaterial printing.

5. Michael Carano: OSP and Selective Electroless Nickel for Mixed-Metal Finish PWBs and BGA Substrates

Pressure to eliminate lead in electronics assemblies is forcing fabricators and OEMs to reevaluate their surface finish and joint attachment procedures.


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Review: Institute of Circuit Technology 2022 Annual Symposium

06/15/2022 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
The British Motor Museum in Warwickshire, housing the world's largest collection of historic British cars, was venue for the 2022 Annual Symposium of the Institute of Circuit Technology on June 8, which attracted a substantial gathering of manufacturers and suppliers from the UK printed circuit industry. ICT chair Emma Hudson reflected upon lessons learned during the pandemic lock-down and how the industry has successfully adapted to circumstances. She commented that the UK’s PCB fabricators are extremely busy, as she introduced an outstanding conference programme including a keynote from the incomparable Happy Holden.

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