Milwaukee Electronics, the parent company of San Diego PCB Design, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jered Stoehr to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), succeeding his father, P. Michael Stoehr, who will serve in the role of Executive Chairman.

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Milwaukee Electronics’ San Diego PCB Design Division likes to help its customers minimize design spins wherever possible. One way to take at least one spin out of the mix is to ensure the most common errors are addressed prior to PCB layout. Here are five of the most common errors and ways to avoid them.

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This article will be continually updated with our most current status. All designers for San Diego PCB Design are on duty full time, working from home.

As of June 1, 2020:

  • Electronics designs directly related to diagnostics and treatment of COVID-19
    will be given priority. Please let us know if you are requesting COVID-19 related
    medical electronics
  • San Diego PCB Design is up and running with full CID+ design support
  • All designers are working remote and have full design capacity available

Our parent company, Milwaukee Electronics is an essential supplier to the medical industry and key national infrastructure segments and is remaining open for electronics manufacturing.

Due to a recent US Supreme Court decision, sales tax rules on interstate commerce are changing. This means that very soon Milwaukee Electronics, including divisions Screaming Circuits, San Diego PCB Design and Automation Controls Group, will need to collect sales tax on all shipments into US states that we are registered to collect tax in. This impacts sales conducted over the Internet as well as non-Internet business. It impacts products we manufacture and services we provide. Organizations that are exempt from payment of sales tax will need to present proof of exemption.

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Despite what physics or an old song may say, I am going to declare that logistics make the world go round. Okay, declare may be a bit strong, but go with me here. Whether you realize it or not, logistics make up your day to day. Timing to get up, get ready, and commute time are all critical in determining when and how you arrive at work. Undoubtedly, you have a busy day shuffling papers, people, parts, or something else for at least 8 hours. If you do not have a busy job, let me know where you work! Just kidding…getting home is a logistical nightmare if you are at peak time and have traffic like we do in San Diego…or worse. Yes there is a lot worse than SD. Family life is also a logistical ordeal. Making sure that tidy happens in some form or another and that meals hit a table, or maybe at minimum an easy chair.

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TIP OF THE DAY :

Almost every PCB needs to interface with the outside world in some way or another, or interface with other PCB’s within the internal structure. This means that power and I/O connectors are very common, and unfortunately requirements are commonly overlooked.

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TIP OF THE DAY :

Similar to the connector issue, it’s vital that you clearly define any “keep out” zones intended for aspects such as mounting holes or sensitive circuitry. While you are defining those zones, remember that solder mask isn’t considered a reliable insulator, so take care that there is proper distance between copper and any mounting hardware.

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TIP OF THE DAY :

Connectors – especially thru-hole connectors – present opportunities for error in both layout and in assembly. First, it’s not always obvious to the PCB layout specialist which side of the board the connector needs to go on. Then, during assembly, the electronic data often doesn’t specify which side of the board a thru-hole component will go on. We’re left to rely on silk screen or notes in the mechanical assembly drawing.

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Depending on who you are, change can be a scary thing.  Maybe you are the type that is not scared, but excited.  Some people simply enjoy it.  In all cases though, no matter how you react, change requires work.  And sometimes, it can take a few tries to figure out how to make the change work.

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A few days ago, I took a rare day off and went whale watching. We got many warnings and recommended remedies to help the kiddos keep from being sea sick.  We followed nearly all of them.  However, I was surprised to find out that my older daughter, who has a loooong history of car sickness, did just fine.  My younger daughter surprised me even more.  At one point she was bouncing around some other kids that were just trying to remain vertical while she shot to and fro playing tag as if she were a salty old sailor with 25 year-old sea legs.
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