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60 PCB007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2020 In the PCB fabrication process, there can be multiple actors involved, ranging from design- ers to developers, project leaders, salespeople, business developers, accounting personnel, government officials, and industry associa- tions. How can you ensure that all these ac- tors are cooperating to maximize the positive effects and minimize the negative effects of the pillars of PCB fabrication? It might sound like an insurmountable task, but there is a path that can increase your chances of success. PCB Fabrication Pillars The First Pillar: Technology PCB capability and production can be challenging. If you stumble in this phase, you might end up with costly mistakes and delays later in the process, so keep your focus and consider the following questions: • What are the demands for the product? • What technology is feasible for your demands and design? • Will the design require flexible, rigid, or rigid-flex printed circuits? • What PCB laminates are suitable, considering whether the product needs reliability for harsh environments? The Second and Third Pillars: Labor and Cost Choosing the right internal team, as well as partners and manufacturers, is vital and con- stitutes your labor force. HMS and routines must be fulfilled and monitored. As the world goes greener, so is the A Path to Successful PCB Fabrication The PCB Norsemen Feature Column by Didrik Bech, ELMATICA

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