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December 2, 2021 

Flexible Thinking: A Brief Retrospective of 50 Years in the PCB Industry

Joe Fjelstad, Verdant Electronics

I recently reflected upon the notion that this year marks my 50th year in the printed circuit industry. It was a bit of a shock when I looked at the calendar and realized that I have been kicking around this industry for a half-century. I was fortunate enough to find my way into the PCB industry through the analytical lab of a PCB company in Mountain View, California in the early days of Silicon Valley. The name of the company was Printex and it was one of the premier PCB fabricators in the United States.

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Solid Data Management Key to Accurate Quotes

David Gronner, PCB Technologies Ltd.

Data is omnipresent. At times it goes unnoticed, just waiting there for someone to collect, analyze, and make use of it to create value. Data that seemed irrelevant at the time might come in handy when you need to come up with a solution to a new challenge. When, for instance, you need a reliable quote that can accurately predict a product’s price, you need to base it on past actual operation machine time, raw materials cost, etc. Otherwise, guessing a new product’s price might result in unexpected spending, especially when it concerns sophisticated systems.

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The Shaughnessy Report: Data Management—It’s A Lot Like Herding Cats

Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007

“It’s all about managing your data.” That’s a refrain that we’ve been hearing from designers over the past few years—in surveys and conversations with designers and design engineers. When we started planning this issue, our most recent reader surveys pointed to data management as a perpetual problem for PCB designers. It’s no wonder: schematics, footprints, BOMs, netlists, fab notes, assembly notes—millions of petabits of data are used to design and engineer PCBs, and readers cite mismanaged data as a constant source of heartburn.

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Herding Cats

As more than one PCB designer has said, “Managing design data is a lot like herding cats.” It’s no wonder: schematics, footprints, BOMs, netlists, fab notes, assembly notes—millions of petabits (no pun intended) of data are used to design and engineer PCBs, and readers cite mismanaged data as a constant source of heartburn...

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  • Data Management: It’s A Lot Like Herding Cats, by Andy Shaughnessy 
  • A PCB Design Data Management Overview, a conversation with John Watson, Dugan Karnazes, and Patryk Akhurst 
  • Manage Your Data and Document Everything, by Tamara Jovanovic 
  • Say 'No' to File Hoarding: Data Management Tips, by Tim Haag 
  • Solid Data Management Key to Accurate Quotes, by David Gronner  
  • IP Reuse Enables a Digital Transformation, by David Wiens 
  • Cost of Compliance and How Data Transfer Standards Can Help, by Patrick Crawford
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