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September 6, 2018 - Half Day Workshop

Part Placement Choices and Consequences

Date: Thursday September 6 2018

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


There are many ways to place parts on any board, but clearly some ways work better for physics, electrical, and mechanical purposes. If a new board works electrically but won’t interface properly with the rest of its system, it may require costly and time consuming re-design and re-testing. Designers must understand the board, electrical and system needs, as well as typical placement and routing guidelines and the consequences of not adhering to them. When they understand the reasoning behind these things, and the affects they have on one another, designers will intuitively know how to make good decisions for their own board designs, and so avoid problems. In this presentation, we will discuss choosing effective parts, approximate order of overall placement, placement to set up routing and channels, board and system consequences, and more.

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.