The Superconductive Circuit Board

    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.

    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 - 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 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.

    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.

    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: 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...

    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