When dealing with a printed circuit board (PCB) you must protect the copper finish, which will oxidize and depreciate if left untreated. You also need a surface to which components can be directly soldered. Superficially, this concept seems simple: add a surface treatment. Viola! You‘re all set. Unfortunately, it is never that easy. There are  The post Comparing PCB Surface Finishes appeared first on ACDI.
On March 15, 2018, ACDiNashville,NC hosted Nickolas Justice, Executive Director of PowerAmerica, and 16 students plus 2 faculty from the National Defense University (NDU) Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy out of Washington,DC. Thiselectronicsindustry study group comprised representative leaders across many disciplines of each branch of themilitary services for the following  The post PowerAmerica Executive
Let‘s face it you‘re here because you have a product you want to produce, not because you are a financial forecasting guru. However, your success hinges on your ability to realistically model the costs of your production. One of the best methods for cost analysis is called ‘should cost analysis‘. This method of forecasting  The post Cost Analysis in Electronics Contract Manufacturing appeared first on ACDI.
Recently, Kenny Houck and Mike Peters from ACDi were able to attend the IPC APEX event in San Diego, CA. The event is held yearly to bring together the electronics manufacturing services supply chain to learn and inspire. Mike and Kenny agree that it delivered again this year. Here are some of the things learned  The post ACDi Attends IPC APEX 2018 in San Diego, CA appeared first on ACDI.
Back in January, we presented an in-depth overview of certifications. Certifications are necessary and key to any high-quality electronics manufacturing services provider, but alone with certifications comes compliance. Today, we are going to delve deeper into one specific, albeit very important compliance component: RoHS Restriction of Hazardous Substances. Being RoHS compliant means your product  The post The Cost of RoHS Compliance appeared
Success is a matter of mastering the details, no matter how small. Something as seemingly insignificant as choosing the right solder paste can make or break an electronic assembly process.To make matters worse, there are a multitude of soldering paste options to choose from and-even if they seem the same according to their classification-not all  The post How to Choose the Right Solder Paste appeared first on ACDI.
If you are involved in the procurement of printed circuit boards or electronic assemblies you likely see a line item on your quote for non-recurring engineering or NREs on a contract manufacturer‘s first-time build of you product. It‘s a common question in our industry- ‘what are NREs and why do I have to pay for  The post Why Contract Electronics Manufacturers Charge for Non-Recurring Engineering (NRE) appeared first on ACDI.
Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are a critical element for the success of your product. For electronic devices, the PCB is essential-by connecting different components to each other using circuits and copper traces the PCB brings the device to life. These factors are influenced by the physical board constraints, such as size, materials, layers, and planes,  The post Printed Circuit Boards: The Devil is in the Layout appeared first on ACDI.
Trying to assemble a printed circuit board (PCB) or electronics assembly without a quality bill of material (BOM) is like trying to put together a puzzle without a picture to reference. Critical to the quality of an electronics manufacturing project is a complete and accurate BOM. The BOM is more than just  The post A Quality BOM is the BOMB appeared first on ACDI.
Recently we discussed the potential pitfalls of PCB design. Your best bet is to work with a manufacturer with in-house PCB designers as it opens dialogue between design and production, which helps to avoid mistakes and increase efficiency. However, if that option is not in the cards and you find yourself needing to outsource PCB  The post PCB Design Expertise-What to Look For appeared first on ACDI.