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    PCB design: Design for manufacturability

    Prior planning prevents poor performance, they say. With PCBs, effective planning involves Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA). That means thinking past the “sky’s the limit” PCB-design phase to consider the realities of putting a product together.

    DFMA principles focus on creating an efficient manufacturing process that lowers production costs. Too often, there’s a disconnect between […]

  • The secret to PCB perfection—inspection and testing

    The electronics business is made up of serious perfectionists whose basic assumption is that devices will perform flawlessly time after time. But perfection is hard to come by.

    In the real world, a printed circuit board’s many components and solder joints must meet design specifications exactly for the PCB to function properly. To ensure perfection, inspection is a critical part of PCB fabrication.

    What PCB inspection methodologies are there? Which ones will work best for your project? All you need to know is in our white paper.

  • Caltronics Solderjet Printer

    Solder jet printing: What you need to know for SMT PCB outsourcing

    Solder jet printing: What you need to know for SMT PCB outsourcing “More good boards, faster.” That’s the basic reason for using solder jet printing. Since solder quality is a major factor in SMT board defects, high-quality solder jet printing can play a major role in striking the balance between throughput (speed) and output (PCB […]

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    3-D AOI: A new dimension in PCB inspection

    3-D AOI: A new dimension in PCB inspection Move over, 2-D automated optical inspection (AOI). There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to PCB inspection. Introducing 3-D AOI. With the growing use of surface mount technology (SMT) and chip packages like ball grid arrays (BGAs), solder connection planarity issues come up that call […]

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    PCB inspection: Taking it to the next level with X-ray

    PCB inspection: Taking it to the next level with X-ray No one thinks it’s OK for a diagnostic device to just stop working. Or for flight instruments to conk out. Dependent on complex PCBs for their smarts, these devices have to be 100%, 24/7 reliable. Is it any wonder that PCB inspection is a critical […]

  • MIRTEC MV-6

    Caltronics purchases MIRTEC’s award-winning MV-6 OMNI 3-D AOI machine at SMTAI 2016

    Caltronics purchases MIRTEC’s award-winning MV-6 OMNI 3-D AOI machine at SMTAI 2016 Caltronics is proud to announce our purchase of a new MIRTEC MV-6 Omni 3-D automated optical inspection (AOI) machine for PCBA inspection. Since purchasing  our first MIRTEC AOI machine in 2008, Caltronics has seen the most common resistor sizes drop from 0805 to 0402 […]

  • Caltronics Hires Alexander Domek

    Caltronics Hires Alexander Domek Caltronics is proud to bring Alexander Domek on board as a new Design & Development Engineer. Alex brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and problem-solving skills to our team, and we are glad to have him working on our behalf…on your behalf. He specializes in designing and developing biomedical devices and biometric technology, […]

  • Caltronics Design & Assembly Receives ISO 9001 Certification

    Caltronics Design & Assembly Receives ISO 9001 Certification Caltronics Design & Assembly has received ISO 9001 certification for its quality management system after completing a rigorous certification process through ISO registrar, DEKRA. Said Caltronics COO Evan Johnston, “As a company dedicated to continuous process improvement, this certification exercise has been very well received by our […]

  • Solder Jet Printers!

    Solder Jet Printers! You’ve spent months developing your newest product—a revolutionary medical device sure to transform the healthcare world. The mechanical parts are sourced, with other custom parts 3D printed for your first batch of prototypes. And you’ve brought on your electronics contract manufacturer to build 25 circuit boards for testing. Rush fees are gladly […]

  • Get What You Want from Your PCB Team

    Get What You Want from Your PCB Team In any relationship, there needs to be clear communication between all involved parties around expectations. That is true for friendships and vendors. At Caltronics we have found the importance of communicating clearly with our clients to make sure the product they receive accomplishes what they need and […]

  • How do I Improve My Design?

    How do I Improve My Design? At Caltronics, we have been a part of many interesting designs and projects. Sometimes these prove to be great lessons for us that we carry into new work. One of those lessons we learned is about optimizing a project for our clients. Here are the things we look at […]