How Many Parts Do You Need for PCB Assembly?

Surface mount assembly robots are amazing machines. The pick and place heads in the fastest, highest volume SMT machines travel so fast, that they are just short of supersonic. The placement logic takes into consideration the distortion and swing of…
Top 3 PC Board Storage Hazards

It’s late. Do you know where your PC boards are? Let me rephrase that: Can unused PC boards be stored for future use? Yes, they can — if stored properly. Keep them wrapped up or sealed in a bag. Anti-static…
Electronic Skin Tattoos Literally Bring Circuit Boards Alive

ard that comes in the shape of a temporary tattoo. Known as SkinMarks, these incredibly thin e-tattoos would turn a person’s skin into a touch-sensitive control, meant primarily for interacting with digital devices. If the invention works, SkinMarks could be…
How Should You Mark Your Diodes?

Current flows through a diode from the anode to the cathode — it will pass current only when the potential on the anode is greater than the potential on the cathode. This is mostly true, but not always. For the…