PCB Basics for Buyers: A Quick Guide to the PCB Industry

Domestic PCB industry: Look in the Mirror

July 20, 2021: I couldn’t agree more with IPC president and CEO John Mitchell’s recent opinion piece in Roll Call about the Biden administration’s review of America’s strategic supply chains. Specifically, the article addresses the administration’s willingness to invest mightily in the global chip shortage. As Mitchell points out, however, it will take this and much more to help the U.S. electronic manufacturing industry remain competitive. “The issue is that [...]

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Don’t Let Perfection Be the Enemy of a Perfectly Good PCB

July 6, 2021: Does your PCB quality team inspect to pass or inspect to fail? Knowing the difference between what is rejectable in a printed circuit board and what is a nonissue is more important than ever. Read more in my latest column in Circuits Assembly magazine. Have questions about best practices in PCB purchasing? Reach out to me at 

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Email Often a Gaping Hole in PCB Customer Protection

June 29, 2021: EMS and OEM companies often take a number of steps to protect customer intellectual property (IP). They require signed non-disclosure agreements for all involved in the manufacture of their PCBs. They verify the identity of any visitors to their secured U.S. manufacturing facilities, and they require those visitors to be escorted. But I couldn't tell you the number of times I have received an email from a [...]

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If You’re Selling Electronic Components, You Should Be Selling PCBs

June 22, 2021: It has always amazed me how electronic distributors and rep firms who sell everything that goes into an assembly rarely sell the printed circuit board itself. The PCB makes up 8-12% of the total cost of the bill of material. It is one of, if not the most, expensive components of the PCB assembly. Companies increase sales either through gaining new customers, or selling more to their [...]

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