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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

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

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

Just how Many Parts Do you Need?

Check out the specifics of our 10/10/10 parts attrition guidelines here. And, read the following to see why... Surface mount assembly robots are amazing machines. Not long ago, I read that the pick and place heads in the fastest, highest... Read more

What do you do if you can't have reference designators?

The first answer to that question is probably going to be along the lines of: "put them on the board." But, sometimes you can't have reference designators on your board. Maybe it's too densely populated and there isn't room. Maybe,... Read more

Building boards for the Intel Edison

I've recently spent some time getting familiar with the Intel Edison. The Edison has a dual-core 500 MHZ Intel Atom processor, with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It comes with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of eMMC internal storage, and a USB... Read more

Top 5 Things to Know When Moving from Hand Assembly to Robotic Assembly

A lot of factors go into the decision to hand build or outsource circuit boards. I hand build my own sometimes, simply because I enjoy the challenge. Of course most of the projects I design are for my own use,... Read more

How Should You Mark Your Diodes?

Current flows through a diode from the anode to the cathode - it will pass current only when the potential on the anode is greater than the potential on the cathode. This is mostly true, but not always. For the... Read more

Continuous Strips of Parts

Not long ago (No Need To Waste Parts), I wrote about the use of tiny cut strips here at Screaming Circuits. That's good information, but only part of the story. (When has anything ever been the whole story???). There may... Read more

No need to waste parts

We love parts on reels. Who doesn't? But reels aren't always practical - and it's not just about cost. Cost is, of course, important, but there may be other factors to consider. Say, for example, you need 20 2.2K Ohm,... Read more