The most common PCB design mistakes: the drama certainly doesn't end with the schematic

The foundation of any PCB design is a properly executed circuit diagram. In our last article, we wrote tips on how to get it right and what to look out for. But the work is far from over with the schematic. We'll show you how to design a working PCB - the first time, without mistakes.

Why it doesn't work or the most common mistakes in PCB schematic design

Why doesn't it work? Every HW developer has asked this question during the course of their development career. What mistakes can lead to non-functionality of the designed electronics? And how can design software help you?

Rigid-flex is a hit. We'll tell you why

Today, flexible and rigid-flex boards are becoming a dynamically growing segment in the portfolios of electronics manufacturers. One of the reasons is the minimization of electronics and the associated need to use all the available space efficiently. Also, the gradual introduction of technologies for the new generation of 5G networks requires the use of new durable materials capable of operating at high frequencies even in very diverse environments. Another significant impetus for flexible joints today is the production of electric cars, and especially their batteries, which combine weight and space saving compared to conventional solutions.

Hard to Read Print? The Reason is Speed and Ecology

Digitization brings a number of undisputed benefits. Unceasing acceleration of the production of the printed circuit board itself, simplification of the production process or lower error rate of people in routine work. But not everything is perfectly resolved - as shown, for example, by more frequent complaints from customers regarding lower quality of service printing . We asked Zdeněk Cápal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gatema PCB, why this is the case, what are the trends in the development of printed materials, and what can be done about it. That is, a company that has been relying on the extraordinary speed of production of prototype printed circuit boards for years.

The production of PCB is often hampered by minor details. Keep an eye on it.

No, we are not going to try to tell you that Industry 4.0 is a hot trend today. It is 2021. And companies that postponed or underestimated the automation and digitization of the production and all linked processes have been stripped naked by the pandemic and are often fighting for bare survival today. Elsewhere, machines are already taking over routine activities – and these are by far not only the operations in production halls. It is a whole chain of events that precede and follow the production. Automation affects the actual input into production and ends with the dispatch of the product from the warehouse. Radim Vítek, the production manager of Gatema PCB a.s., which is one of the fastest manufacturers of printed circuit boards throughout Europe, could also talk about it. In practice it means precisely that they endeavour to save minutes and seconds of time on every detail. “We know that we cannot compete with Asian manufacturers in price, so we have to offer other advantages. The quality of production and the express speed of delivery. In extreme cases, we can produce certain types of boards even in fourteen hours, where logically no distant manufacturer is able to deliver at the same time. Compared to many European plants, we also have a three-shift operation so that we do not have downtimes and could be constantly flexible,” he explains.