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Why you don't want open vias in or near PCB pads

Why you don't want open vias in or near PCB pads
The term ‘via’ probably comes from the Latin word meaning ‘road’. Therefore, open via would essentially mean ‘open road’. Open roads, in Oregon for example, sometimes run through open range ranch land. That means that cows have as much right to be on the road as do cars. If you don't want cows on your PC boards where the BGAs go, don't leave open vias in your BGA footprint. By Duane Benson, Chief Technology Champion at Screaming Circuits
25th January 2019

Five tech predictions for 2019

Five tech predictions for 2019
We’re coming in for a wild ride in 2019. The last few years have been pretty crazy, and 2019 looks to continue that trend, but amped up, 2019 will go to eleven. Don't worry though. When it is at its worst, just ask yourself what we did the last time the world came to an end.  By Duane Benson, Chief Technology Champion at Screaming Circuits
9th January 2019

What is needed for a PCB assembly?

What is needed for a PCB assembly?
As PCB assemblers, manufacturing is all about taking data from you and delivering good working circuit boards. Well, it can be just data - as in full turn-key, or data plus some parts, and PC boards - as in a partial turn-key or a kitted job. By: Duane Benson, Chief Technology Champion at Screaming Circuits.
23rd January 2018


Do you really need soldermask and silkscreen for PCB design?

Do you really need soldermask and silkscreen for PCB design?
As PCB assemblers, we've been asked the question, "do I really need soldermask and silkscreen?" many times. And, we've been asked with good reasons. To us, soldermask protects exposed metal, reduce the chance of shorts and keeps solder where solder needs to be. Author: Duane Benson, Cheif Technology Champion at Screaming Circuits.
5th January 2018

To route or to plane PC boards?

To route or to plane PC boards?
  Power distribution on a PC board can come in a number of forms. Duane Benson, the Chief Technology Champion at Screaming Circuits, a prototype PCB assembly electronic manufacturing company in Oregon explains more on the different types of power distribution.
20th December 2017

Top three PC board storage hazards

Top three PC board storage hazards
It's late. Do you know where your PC boards are? Let me rephrase that: Can unused PC boards be stored for future use? Yes, they can - if stored properly. Keep them wrapped up or sealed in a bag. Anti-static isn't necessary in this case, but it won't hurt. It’s best to keep them in a cool, dark place. Be sure to keep them clean and do your best to avoid dropping them on the floor and stepping on them. Author: Duane Benson, Chief Technology Champion, Screaming Circuits
25th May 2017

What is Personal Manufacturing?

What is Personal Manufacturing?
  There's a lot of buzz floating around these days about 'Personal Manufacturing'. I'll do my best to describe it, and what it can do for you. The short answer: personal manufacturing is building your PCB boards on your terms, not on the terms of some nameless, faceless factory. The longer answer is probably more useful. Duane Benson, Chief Technology Champion, Screaming Circuits, explains.
11th May 2017

How should you mark your diodes?

Duane Benson, Chief Technology Champion at a prototype PCB assembly electronic manufacturing company, Screaming Circuits discusses the question: 'How should you mark your diodes?'
27th April 2017

What’s the difference between prototyping and rapid prototyping?

If I ask for a definition of the difference between prototyping and rapid prototyping, would the correct response be "it's faster - duh"? I would probably hear that a few times, but that really isn't the correct assessment. Yes, it is faster - duh - but it's faster because it's done differently.
20th January 2017

Is it time for USB Type C?

Is it time for USB Type C?
The USB 3.1, type C standard have been around long enough such that the connectors and chips are readily available. But, it's a more complex set up and may have far more capabilities than is needed in your design. It's got quite a few more pins and types of signals. If you don't need all that, should you still make the plunge?
20th December 2016

Seven cost reduction design tips for makers

Seven cost reduction design tips for makers
As a maker, you really need a decent price, with good quality and good service. Contrary to what many people think, you don't need to look outside of North America for this. You can keep your gaze West of the Atlantic and East of the Pacific. Duane Benson, Chief Technology Champion, Screaming Circuits, explains.
3rd November 2016


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