Webinar will examine design for manufacturing

Over the past few years, I’ve written magazine articles covering a wide range of technologies, ranging avionics to automotive electronics to handheld equipment. One of the common threads for many of these articles is the need to get all stakeholders involved in product development.

One of the benefits of this holistic approach is that fewer glitches show up when products move into full volume production. That’s because when designers consider manufacturing capabilities are during the phase, minor changes can eliminate potential problems that hamper yields or reliability.

Figuring out how to design boards for manufacturability is a complex issue that requires constant reevaluation. Like many things in life, it’s an area where getting some technical input from outsiders who know the field can invigorate a program.

One of the quickest ways to learn about new concepts and get a reminder of things we already know is the Webinar. IPC is doing a number of hour-long sessions this summer. Next week’s topic is one that’s as hot as this summer’s temperatures: Design for Manufacturing.

Cheryl Tulkoff, who often speaks on this topic, will provide insight during a Webinar that will run from 10-11 central on Wednesday, August 3. Tulkoff, who is a senior member of the DfR Solutions staff, worked at National Instruments before joining DfR. She’s been involved in reliability and failure analysis throughout much of her career, which also includes work for IBM and Cypress Semiconductor.

She’ll address a number of ideas including printed board design, process material selection, equipment process controls and reliability testing. Matching PCB complexity to supplier capabilities will also be an important part of the discussion.

One hour for a Webinar is a great way to get a lot of good information in a little time. When the topic is something as critical as design for manufacturability, the payoff can be worth far more than kicking back and having knowledge sent straight to your desk.

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