PCB Basics for Buyers: A Quick Guide to the PCB Industry
August 11, 2022: More and more of today's PCB designs require faster processing of information. That means the bare printed circuit board must have what is known as controlled impedance—the elimination or minimizing of discontinuities in the signal that a trace will deliver. It is no longer a trace or track that connects a plated through-hole to a via or to another device on the PCB. Rather, transmission lines are designed to transport [...]
August 9, 2022: So let's say the Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022 is signed into law. Then what? This law would provide a 25% tax credit for the purchase of all printed circuit boards made in the United States and incentivize funding for facilities, equipment and R&D for PCBs manufactured domestically. It's intended to restore and transform the domestic PCB industry. But what thought has been given to [...]
August 4, 2022: PCB buyers who don't worry about freight costs are being shortsighted. Read why that's a costly mistake in my latest column in Circuits Assembly magazine. Need help with your PCB purchasing? Reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to get a free copy of my book, PCB Basics for Buyers.
August 2, 2022: I'm all for incentivizing the American PCB industry to help it remain competitive. But first, I think the government should stop punishing circuit board buyers who are based in the United States. Legislation currently before Congress would provide a 25% tax credit for the purchase of all printed circuit boards made in the United States and incentivize funding for PCB facilities, equipment, and R&D. Supporters hail it [...]
July 26, 2022: Many in our industry are hoping Congress passes the Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022 in its upcoming session. They contend our industry needs this legislation to fund domestic raw material production and provide a financial lifeline to the fewer than 200 PCB manufacturers still operating in the United States. The act would provide a 25% tax credit for the purchase of all printed circuit [...]
July 19, 2022: In this challenging business environment, a solid PCB buying strategy is more important than ever. Do you have one? PCB buyers need to stay competitive in the face of increased raw material and precious metal costs and rising freight prices. Those who don’t routinely review their vendor base are too comfortable in their jobs. Buyers should always be working to keep vendor pricing in check. They should [...]