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September 5, 2018 - Half Day Workshop

Building a Bridge from Design to Manufacturing

Date: Wednesday September 5 2018

Time: 1.45 pm registration for 2.00 pm start   Finish 5.30 pm approx


There is so much more to board design than placing parts and connecting the signals electrically! Those who design the board can make a HUGE impact on the ease of fabrication and assembly just by the practices they put into place as they work. Knowledge and use of standard (best) practices, whether IPC or company standards, ensures that what is sent to the manufacturer will be understood and incorporated with minimal questions, and that can be a real time and cost savings.

In this class, we will talk about good practices for building footprints, how parts might be placed for manufacturability, routing practices that are helpful, trace widths and spacings that are producible, a stackup structure that can realistically get the impedance and return needed, and documentation for the manufacturer that is complete and understandable. This presentation is not about how to build a board, but rather about the practical things the board engineer can do to help make fabrication and assembly easier and therefore increase yields and lower the cost for all.

The Presenter:

Susy Webb

Senior PCB Designer, Design Science (USA)

Susy Webb is a senior PCB designer with 37 years of experience. Her career includes experience in coastal and oceanographic oil exploration and monitoring equipment, point-to-point microwave network systems, and CPCI and ATX computer motherboards. She has set up company standards, documentation, procedures, and library conventions for several companies. Webb is a regular speaker at the PCB, IPC and international Design conferences, and consults for individual companies as well. Her presentations discuss practical implementation of complex engineering concepts into board layout, and methods to improve the overall design and flow of printed circuit boards. She is CID certified and a former writer/columnist for Printed Circuit Design and Fab magazine. Webb is also an active member of the IPC Designer’s Council Executive Board and Education Committee, and is a member and past president of the Houston Chapter of the IPC Designer’s Council.