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    Aluminum Trace Printed Circuit Board Innovation

    The journey to develop a circuit board which features aluminum circuitry (Aluminum PCBs ) has been challenging.

    Beginning in 2008, Omni Circuit boards was challenged by a strategic partner with developing a circuit board with fine-line aluminum traces. The reason for aluminum in the initial quest was for its superconducting (cryogenic) properties. But as time went by, we began to appreciate how developing this capability could also benefit customers who have a requirement for aluminum wire bonding of critical components.

    Whaling on the Open Road

    The internet is rife with business school articles debating whether outside salespeople are still required in this age. But this isn’t one of those. This is a story about an outside sales rep and me and a very long road trip.

    A PCB Manufacturer’s Brush with Market Research

    A how-to conduct market research for small and medium tech businesses

    For SME businesses, conducting market research can be a daunting task which above all else requires the skill of listening.

    Development of Low Temperature PCBs

    Mid 2011 was the beginning of the collaboration between Omni Circuit Boards and D-Wave Systems to produce superconducting, low temperature printed circuit boards (PCBs).

    Development was driven by D-Wave’s need for low temperature PCBs which could provide mono-metal superconductive connection to their unique processors. The PCBs would operate at low-temperature, be solderable and be suitable for wire-bonding. The PCB would also withstand multiple temperature cycling from below 500 Millikelvin to 20C.

    Understanding PCB Manufacturing: Avoiding File Errors

    At Omni not all PCB files we receive are from seasoned PCB design professionals.

    Designs also come to us from enterprising individuals who can credit their body of knowledge to the results of internet searches. The inspiration for this article came from one such individual.

    The Hiring Process - Group Decision Making

    By now the selection team has met with all the applicants and graded their interviews. Next we meet to arrive at a consensus.

    < Conducting Interviews 

    The Hiring Process - Conducting Interviews

    Interviewing provides the opportunity to learn about the applicants skills, abilities and how well they respond under pressure.

    < Short Listing the Candidates  Group Decision Making >

    Set the rules for the interview team

    Before the interview, sit with the team and review the rules of engagement. Basic rules include no questions regarding religion, ethnicity, family, sexual orientation or any topic which would make a reasonable person uncomfortable. If someone on the team doesn’t grasp the limits, replace them now.

    The Hiring Process - Short Listing the Candidates

    By now you have received a multitude of resumes and cover letters so the fun can begin.

    < External Job Postings  Conducting Interviews >

    The Hiring Process - External Job Posting

    Constructing an external Job Posting may be one of the least fun tasks but it is one of the most critical in the hiring process.

    Make it too vague and you will be spending the next three weeks filtering resumes out of your inbox. Make it too precise and you will find yourself with too few choices. When it comes to creating an external job posting, a few simple rules apply.

    < Short Range Search  Short Listing >

    The Hiring Process - Short Range Searches

    By now you have established a need for the role, you have reviewed or developed the job description, established the base salary and assembled your hiring team. Next comes the short range candidate search.