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Screaming Circuits
Screaming Circuits company blog
Interests: Assembly, RoHS, smt, BGA, QFN, pcb, chocolate, prototype, quick-turn
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Sometimes, we find things that kind of defy explanation. Fortunately, this didn't come from Sunstone, our normal board house. Regardless of who it came from, I'm sure it was a one-off mistake, but, wow. How could anyone miss this? It... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Screaming Circuits
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Here are the top 10 best Valentine's Day movies for engineers, loaded with actual story, in addition to human (mostly human) emotional interaction: Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Screaming Circuits
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Joining our sister company, San Diego PCB, at DesignCON, in Santa Clara, CA. If you're in the bay area Feb 1st or 2nd, stop by and see us in booth 1155. Show hours are 11:00 to 6:00 on both days,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Screaming Circuits
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Here at Screaming Circuits, having three perfect circles are vitally important. The three circles are 1) Quality 2) Speed and 3) Cost. They must each be a perfect circle in order for our company to function in unison. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Screaming Circuits
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What is the difference between electronics in a robot vs., say, a stationary temperature monitor and control device? For one, if the temperature controller goes haywire, you can pull it off the wall and stomp on it, while you might... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Screaming Circuits
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There was a time when the Bison ran free on the plains and power components were easy to design with. Everything, with the exception of an exotic few, used either the TO-220 or TO-3 packages. Even when surface mount came... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Screaming Circuits
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Today's illustration isn't a super-bad problem. You can usually make this work - unless you've got to align up with a hole in case. I'm talking about the venerable 3.5 mm audio jack. They aren't used all that often these... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Screaming Circuits
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I've already written my top-ten predictions for the coming decade, in this blog post. But, while predictions might be fun to muse upon, they really won't help you get your job done. My top-ten8 pieces of PCB assembly advice for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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Surface mount components are carefully packaged up in strips, tubes, or trays, because they're machine assembled. The assembly robots need order and organization to properly do their job. Thu-hole parts, on the other hand, are almost always manually inserted by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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In the year 2525... Not long ago, social speculators talked about how the younger generation grew up with computers, the Internet, and cell phones; that they have fully integrated this technology into their lives. I would maintain that today, it's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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Part numbers are incredibly important, but can also be incredibly annoying and confusing. Obviously, we all need them, but it would be nice if there were some semblance of a standard. Well, there are some standards, like capacitor grades and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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It’s a no-brainer that we would not be as advanced as we are today if it was not for J Presper Eckert and John Mauchly—what? Oh, you know who they are. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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Do you love your job? We pretty much live the majority of our lives at work, so naturally it would seem important that we chose a career that we love, just like choosing a spouse to commit too, you should... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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The USB 3.1, type C standard have been around long enough such that the connectors and chips are readily available. But, it's a more complex set up and may have far more capabilities than is needed in your design. As... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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Sir William Crookes was the inventor of the vacuum tube, discoverer of helium and master experimenter. He was also a very spiritual man and often experimented with the paranormal. Someone as smart of him MUST have been onto something. Nikola... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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It's not always possible to have all of the information needed for a successful PCB assembly printed on the blank PC board. When this is the case, we ask for an assembly drawing - like I suggest here. But what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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I was asked to write a little something about “makers” and how they are relevant to what we do here. A what? The first step was to ask Google “What is a maker” and find out what I had just volunteered for. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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Today, October 11, is Ada Lovelace day, and the day of the first manned Apollo launch in 1968. What do the two have in common, you might ask? Ada Lovelace is considered to be the first programmer, for her work... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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Happy National Coffee Day! I've been told that much of the world economy exists only because of coffee. That's a bit of hyperbole, but I'm going to have to say that it's accurate hyperbole. @Atmel tweeted a diagram describing the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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Check out the specifics of our 10/10/10 parts attrition guidelines here. And, read the following to see why... Surface mount assembly robots are amazing machines. Not long ago, I read that the pick and place heads in the fastest, highest... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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September is usually a decent month to be in Minnesota. The snows haven't arrived, and the summer thunderstorms are past - well, usually. Last night, the lightning looked like a 1970's disco strobe light, and the rain was so intense... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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Most of us have heard the quote: "The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result." It's generally attributed to Albert Einstein, but there's enough contrary "evidence" to cast doubt on that attribution.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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Am I a broken record? Pretty much - especially when it comes to confusing diode marketing. For example, everyone knows what the diode symbol looks like, and pretty much everyone knows which side is the anode and which is the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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The first answer to that question is probably going to be along the lines of: "put them on the board." But, sometimes you can't have reference designators on your board. Maybe it's too densely populated and there isn't room. Maybe,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Screaming Circuits
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So, dancing robots are now in the Guinness Book of Records. Not too many things can compete in the category of "dancing robots", so a world record is not all that impressive a feat. Of course, when you're talking over... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Screaming Circuits