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28 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2021 Feature Article by Ian Huibregtse, CID CALUMET ELECTRONICS Do you have a preferred PCB manufacturer? Do you have a contact in their engineering group? Do you have a contact in their qual- ity department? What technologies could your PCB manufacturer introduce that would improve your products the most? Whether you are beginning board layout, building the first run of a prototype, or you're making a change to a mature product several years into its life span, there is no incorrect time to consult your PCB manufacturer. Cir- cuit boards today are dense with features that push the limits of manufacturing technology, and as designers employ these technological advances it's easy to venture off the well-docu- mented path of standard manufacturing. A PCB manufacturer can offer answers, advice, and a partnership to ensure your next generation electronic system is successful. We have integrated PCB designers and process engineers into our front-end engineering team and established a dedicated product realiza- tion team to ensure that complex problems are approached head-on and in direct communica- tion with designers and supply chain managers. A robust PCB manufacturer can serve as a consultant. If you are looking to try some- thing new, push the limits of feature density, incorporate embedded passive components, stick to a tight schedule, or reduce materials or manufacturing costs, it is in their best interest to deliver you the best product they can. is is especially true as you grow your arsenal of technologies. While it could be your first foray into sequential lamination, your manufac- turer has most likely been building a variety of sequential lamination boards for some time. Communicating directly with your manufac- turer early in the process allows them to help you identify design pitfalls and manufacturing difficulties before they cause delays and before a new design is released. PCB front-end engineering talent is in short supply on a national scale and all new board designs pass through an extensive DFM pro- cess, therefore it is important to find a PCB manufacturer with an advanced front-end

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