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Let's Talk About HAL - For Big Parts Only

The board surface names: HAL and HASL (hot air leveling and hot air surface leveling) refer to the same thing. They are interchangeable terms. With that out of the way, I'll get to my point, which is that HASL is... Read more

Milling Madness

Sometimes, we find things that kind of defy explanation. Fortunately, this didn't come from Sunstone, our normal board house. Regardless of who it came from, I'm sure it was a one-off mistake, but, wow. How could anyone miss this? It... Read more

Top 10 Valentine's Day Movies for Engineers

Here are the top 10 best Valentine's Day movies for engineers, loaded with actual story, in addition to human (mostly human) emotional interaction: Read more

DesignCON 2017, with San Diego PCB

Joining our sister company, San Diego PCB, at DesignCON, in Santa Clara, CA. If you're in the bay area Feb 1st or 2nd, stop by and see us in booth 1155. Show hours are 11:00 to 6:00 on both days,... Read more

The Three O's

Here at Screaming Circuits, having three perfect circles are vitally important. The three circles are 1) Quality 2) Speed and 3) Cost. They must each be a perfect circle in order for our company to function in unison. Read more

Designing for Movement

What is the difference between electronics in a robot vs., say, a stationary temperature monitor and control device? For one, if the temperature controller goes haywire, you can pull it off the wall and stomp on it, while you might... Read more

Surface mount power component footprints

There was a time when the Bison ran free on the plains and power components were easy to design with. Everything, with the exception of an exotic few, used either the TO-220 or TO-3 packages. Even when surface mount came... Read more

Start the Year Right, without PCB placement overlap

Today's illustration isn't a super-bad problem. You can usually make this work - unless you've got to align up with a hole in case. I'm talking about the venerable 3.5 mm audio jack. They aren't used all that often these... Read more

Top-ten PCB Assembly tips for 2016

I've already written my top-ten predictions for the coming decade, in this blog post. But, while predictions might be fun to muse upon, they really won't help you get your job done. My top-ten8 pieces of PCB assembly advice for... Read more

Suspect Thru-hole Packaging

Surface mount components are carefully packaged up in strips, tubes, or trays, because they're machine assembled. The assembly robots need order and organization to properly do their job. Thu-hole parts, on the other hand, are almost always manually inserted by... Read more