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The Hiring Process – A practical guide

Posted by Paul Jackson on Tue, Mar 03, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

With over thirty years experience culminating in my most recent adventure, PCB manufacturing at Omni Circuit Boards, I have had my share of successes and failures when it comes to hiring.

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Tags: printed circuit board design, commentary, PCB manufacturing

UBC and Omni awarded Engage Grant by NSERC

Posted by Paul Jackson on Sat, Feb 21, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Vancouver, BC, January 7, 2015 University of British Columbia Department of Materials Engineering and Omni Circuit Boards have been awarded an Engage Grant (EG) through the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

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Tags: printed circuit board manufacturing, aluminum pcb, PCB manufacturing, aluminum trace pcb

Omni Circuit Boards signs R&D agreement with D-Wave Systems.

Posted by Paul Jackson on Sat, Feb 21, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

Vancouver, BC, January 13, 2015—Omni Circuit Boards Ltd. announced today the signing of a research and development agreement with D-Wave Systems Inc., the first commercial quantum computing company, in support of the further advancement of aluminum trace printed circuit boards (Al-PCB) for quantum computing applications.

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Tags: aluminum pcb, aluminum trace pcb

Understanding PCB Manufacturing: Panelization

Posted by Paul Jackson on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

The purpose of panelization is to secure PCB boards during manufacturing, shipping and assembly processes while making their separation as painless as possible.

Panelization can be as simple as a rectangular board tab routed with a 100mil (0.100”) space between PCB boards and a 500mil (0.50”) border on four edges. Or, it can be as complex as a panel filled with combination jump v-score / routed rounded polygons.

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Tags: quick turn pcb, printed circuit board manufacturing, drilling, PCB manufacturing, pcb board design

Buying PCB boards with Bitcoin

Posted by Thomas Ruhe on Wed, Oct 08, 2014 @ 11:59 AM

Over a year ago we started hearing about a strange digital crypto-currency that could be easily exchanged through the Internet.

We paid no attention at the time, expecting it would be just another transient Internet fad. But it hasn't faded away. It resurfaced for us during a recent brainstorming session (not my idea) which resulted in many awkward concepts, not to be disclosed here, even though “no idea is a bad idea” except clearly when it is…

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Tags: circuit board, pcb quote, printed circuit boards, PCB manufacturing, printed circuit board

Understanding PCB Manufacturing: Working with Duroid laminates

Posted by Paul Jackson on Wed, Sep 03, 2014 @ 06:45 AM

If you have ever driven in the winter and suddenly lost control for no reason, you probably experienced black ice.

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Tags: circuit board, printed circuit board design, pcb, PCB manufacturing, pcb board design, PCB drilling, printed circuit board, pcb board

Understanding PCB Manufacturing: Odd Layer PCB Boards

Posted by Michael Lesiak on Tue, Aug 05, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

Our cookbook of PCB recipes includes an assortment of odd layer PCBs.

About 8% of PCB boards we are asked to produce are comprised of an odd number of layers. But unless you have a specific requirement, it is usually best to design a multilayer board with an even number of layers. Reducing an even layered board by one layer may seem like a cost-saving move, but from a PCB perspective it is not. It may actually increase the cost as well as lead-time and leave you with a warped PCB board which may not meet your expectations. Let's look at the issues in detail.

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Tags: printed circuit board design, printed circuit board manufacturing, multi-layer, PCB manufacturing, pcb board design, pcb board

A Quality Tragedy about a Chicken Dance and a PCB Board

Posted by Paul Jackson on Tue, Jul 08, 2014 @ 07:10 AM

One common sense business rule is: Sound economic decision making is a requirement for any company intent on succeeding. This rule applies to all aspects of the business, including the quality department.

The following is a series of events from my past with firms who require aliases. The supplier (who will be referred to simply as Fowlmouth) and the customer (who we will call Foghorn) are located within a thirty minute drive of each other and it’s very, very important to note neither is a government agency. I have had the good fortune to work with a few outstanding organizations whose Quality Managers maintained quality programs which helped improve the profitability of their respective organizations; but, this isn’t about one of those...

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Tags: printed circuit board manufacturing, commentary, PCB manufacturing

What You Should Know About Immersion White Tin PCB Manufacturing

Posted by Paul Jackson on Mon, Jun 09, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

If you work with printed circuit boards and PCB manufacturing in your business, then you have probably already heard of immersion white tin, but may have questions about how it actually works and whether it's a process that you should care about.

Given that we are leaders in immersion white tin PCB fabrication here at Omni, it goes without saying that we are heavily in favor of its use. To understand why, you first have to understand the reason behind our preference for white tin in the first place. Traditionally, circuit boards have been finished with a coating of material, usually containing lead, as part of the soldering process. That's great for the functionality of printed circuit boards, but less friendly for the environment since these metals (and the byproducts created) can be extremely toxic.

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Tags: manufacturing, printed circuit board, Immersion White Tin

How to Avoid PCB Board Delays in CAM

Posted by Paul Jackson on Tue, May 20, 2014 @ 12:21 PM

CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) is the art of translating a PCB board designer’s creative CAD (computer-aided design) output into information required in our manufacturing processes.

Our processes require your computer generated files to be converted into phototooling films and drill/router files which will allow us, the printed circuit board manufacturing facility, to produce a custom PCB to your specifications.

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Tags: printed circuit board design, printed circuit board manufacturing, PCB manufacturing, pcb board design, PCB drilling

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