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    The Hiring Process – A practical guide

    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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    UBC and Omni awarded Engage Grant by NSERC

    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.

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

    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.

    Understanding PCB Manufacturing: Panelization

    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.

    Understanding PCB Manufacturing: Working with Duroid laminates

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

    Understanding PCB Manufacturing: Odd Layer PCB Boards

    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.

    A Quality Tragedy about a Chicken Dance and a PCB Board

    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...

    What You Should Know About Immersion White Tin PCB Manufacturing

    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.

    How to Avoid PCB Board Delays in CAM

    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.

    Omni PCB boards on the cover of Time magazine

    So how would you respond to appearing on the cover of Time magazine?

    PHOTOGRAPH BY GREGG SEGAL FOR TIME