Manage Cookies Chrome Check These 7 Points for Selecting a PCB Manufacturer

With numerous PCB manufacturers around, selecting one can be tricky. Manufacturers of printed circuit board (PCB) need to have the right kind of expertise and experience, and if you are placing an order, you need to check some of the important details. In this post, we have compiled a list of tips that may come handy in finding the right manufacturer.1. Check the basics. How long has the company been in business? You need to know a manufacturer inside out and the way they do business in the industry. When it comes to electronics, experience is an aspect you cannot afford to take for granted.2. Can they handle your requirements? This is one of the first questions you need to ask when you look for a PCB manufacturer. Some companies just deal with a standard set of specifications and tolerances, mainly because their production capabilities are limited. If you are looking for something very specific, you need a team who can handle that.


3. Who are their clients? PCB manufacturers work with a number of varied clients in the electronics industry, and some of them also deal with military orders. If you want to know a company better, you need to check their clientele and the kind of work they have done for others. With a reputed name, you don’t have to worry about this aspect, because most details will be listed on their website, and the emerging companies won’t mind sharing the references on request.4. Will they offer engineering support? That’s one of the early questions, as well. Before the real money is spent on the fabrication process, you need a company that will test all the aspects and will completely surrender to the needs of the client. They should test the designs, so as to avoid all possible errors in the future. A good company will also spend considerably on enhancing their prospects and capabilities.5. Quality matters. This is a cliché thing to say, but when it comes to PCBs, quality matters more than anything else. You don’t to spend your resources on a company who wouldn’t guarantee that beforehand. Check their working capabilities and the kind of projects they can manage for your business. When it comes to quality, you also need to know their testing process, especially for connectivity.


6. When can they deliver? Now, if you are looking to place a quick order, you need to check this aspect, as well. Many PCB manufacturers require more than a few weeks before they can deliver your order, and that’s not something you would expect in the first place.7. Can they offer certifications? Some companies offer “UL 94V-0 fire resistance certification” on PCBs, and you may want to check for other relevant certifications, as well. In short, the price you pay should be worth the products you get.Finally, do ask details of their vendors for material supply. With PCBs, you have to be extra careful about every aspect. Take your time to evaluate these aspects, and you can always thank us later.

Fear This My Fellow Athlete

Competition is good, just as fear is good – if you will use it to your advantage rather than letting it use you. Fear can frazzle us to make mistakes, become uncertain, and anxious, but fear used to our advantage can propel us to greatness. It’s a double-edged sword. Since fear is internal, you own it, it’s yours to use as you will, if you ignore it, it might hurt you, if you use it, it can help you, give you the edge, especially in competition. How might I know this?

Well, I supposed any seasoned competitor in the human endeavor or athlete understands exactly what I am saying, but in case you need more examples to help you better understand this concept, by all means keep reading.

Recently, I read an interesting article online and watched a great video sponsored by Expert Sports Performance, the video was titled: “How Talented Athletes Deal with Fear,” by Loren Fogelman, a well-known sports psychologist.

In my view I believe that Fear is a wonderful thing, a huge driver of the human psyche, but Loren Fogelman reminds me of the truth that: “it motivates some and stops others dead in their tracks,” which is absolutely a fact.

Still, I believe that if FEAR stops someone from achieving or causes them to choke under pressure, then I would submit to you that:

1.) They don’t understand what fear is; and,
2.) They are not using FEAR as an adrenal shot for peak performance

Well, I say; too bad for them, if they are competing against me or my team. Fear can be a weakness if you let it, or high-octane when you need it, YOU decide which. “It’s all in your head” I always say. Anyway, that’s the way I see it. A great book to read is: “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway!” published by in the 80s as a motivational type book.

As a competitive runner, I used to imagine footsteps behind me and ready to pass. Interestingly enough, I was a pretty good athlete so that didn’t happen much, but when it actually did happen it’s a sound you never forget. This imagination during competitive races propelled me to stay on pace or increase my speed opening up a large gap between me and the other runners. Sometimes when I am out training even today, I will listen to my feet hit the trail and pick up the sounds of the echo and amplify them in my brain to simulate those ever-feared footsteps, thus, propelling me to run faster and faster.