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The Shaughnessy Report: Designing for Material Conservation

August 8, 2022 | Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007

The supply chain issues plaguing our industry don’t seem to be going away any time soon. Like an annoying mother-in-law, they’ve moved into our guest room, rearranged the furniture, and generally overstayed their welcome. Why don’t they take a hint? We’re seeing all sorts of interesting tactics for dealing with 50-week lead times. One of the most basic concepts I’ve heard lately is material conservation—when it’s hard to get the parts you need, why not just design PCBs with fewer parts? Materials typically make up 20% of the cost of the board, so we’re not talking nickels and dimes. Sometimes less is more!

August Issue of Design007 Magazine Available Now

August 8, 2022 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team

We’re seeing all sorts of interesting tactics for dealing with 50-week lead times. One of the most basic concepts that we’ve heard about lately is material conservation—why not just design PCBs with fewer parts? As we point out in this issue, sometimes less is more. Our experts share a variety of strategies and technologies to help reduce your overall material consumption, allowing you to lower costs and add competitive advantage.





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The New Chapter: My Time on the IPC Board of Directors—Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

August 4, 2022 | Hannah Nelson & Paige Fiet, IPC Student Directors

At Joe O’Neil’s Hall of Fame ceremony in January, he talked about his first IPC APEX EXPO. He said he felt he was sitting at a table with the “giants of industry.” That analogy perfectly describes how I felt...

The Pulse: Field Solver Finesse for Modelling Transmission Lines

July 28, 2022 | Martyn Gaudion, Polar Instruments

When I-Connect007 asked me to contribute for this issue on field solvers, I wondered what more could be added to this extensively discussed subject, but as a supplier and developer of field solvers, Polar still gets asked the same...

Less Is More Featuring:

  • Material Conservation Demands Stakeholder Buy-in, a conversation with Happy Holden
  • PCB Design Strategies to Reduce Costs, by Barry Olney
  • Design Tips for Lowering Costs of Fab and Assembly, by Cherie Litson
  • Material Conservation: The PCB Designer’s Role, a conversation with Alun Morgan
  • Design for Material Conservation Means Changing Attitudes, a conversation with Dana Korf
  • Design Tips for Inflationary Times by John Watson
  • Practical Packaging Density in PCB Design, by Kelly Dack
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