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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

My top ten predictions for 2026 - Cyborgs are upon us

In the year 2525... Not long ago, social speculators talked about how the younger generation grew up with computers, the Internet, and cell phones; that they have fully integrated this technology into their lives. I would maintain that today, it's... Read more

How Much of that part number is important?

Part numbers are incredibly important, but can also be incredibly annoying and confusing. Obviously, we all need them, but it would be nice if there were some semblance of a standard. Well, there are some standards, like capacitor grades and... Read more

Today in tech history....

It’s a no-brainer that we would not be as advanced as we are today if it was not for J Presper Eckert and John Mauchly—what? Oh, you know who they are. Read more

Inspired to Become an Engineer

Do you love your job? We pretty much live the majority of our lives at work, so naturally it would seem important that we chose a career that we love, just like choosing a spouse to commit too, you should... Read more

Is it time for USB Type C?

The USB 3.1, type C standard have been around long enough such that the connectors and chips are readily available. But, it's a more complex set up and may have far more capabilities than is needed in your design. As... Read more

TESLA’S MENTOR: SIR WILLIAM CROOKES

Sir William Crookes was the inventor of the vacuum tube, discoverer of helium and master experimenter. He was also a very spiritual man and often experimented with the paranormal. Someone as smart of him MUST have been onto something. Nikola... Read more

Fab Drawings or Assembly Drawing Standards?

It's not always possible to have all of the information needed for a successful PCB assembly printed on the blank PC board. When this is the case, we ask for an assembly drawing - like I suggest here. But what... Read more

A What?

I was asked to write a little something about “makers” and how they are relevant to what we do here. A what? The first step was to ask Google “What is a maker” and find out what I had just volunteered for. Read more

Ada Lovelace day, and more

Today, October 11, is Ada Lovelace day, and the day of the first manned Apollo launch in 1968. What do the two have in common, you might ask? Ada Lovelace is considered to be the first programmer, for her work... Read more