For PCB designers, producing a comprehensive data package is crucial. If even one important file is missing or output incorrectly, it can cause major delays and potentially ruin the experience for every stakeholder.
Written by Prototron Circuits’ Mark Thompson, an industry veteran with over 38 years of experience, this book describes exactly what a PCB fabricator requires in a design output package and explains the consequences of providing incomplete or inaccurate information. Mark also highlights the importance of earlier communication between the designer and fabricator.
Readers will learn effective ways to eliminate discrepancies and errors, ensure project success, and ultimately reduce costs and wasted time.
With more than 38 years of experience, Mark Thompson, engineering support and CID+ at Prototron Circuits, has reviewed thousands of data packages and worked with customers’ designers and engineers to help them hand off better data. Over his career, he has become one of the most trusted names in the industry when it comes to advising customers on how to productively work with PCB vendors. Mark believes that the PCB will only be as good as the data it takes to build it, and he has dedicated his career to fulfilling this philosophy.
His popular column “The Bare Board Truth,” one of I-Connect007’s most widely read columns, covers design, layout, and engineering practices as they relate to PCB fabrication. Mark also manages Prototron’s “PCB Bare Board Truth” LinkedIn group—a conversational forum devoted to networking solutions to today’s PCB fabrication issues. Mark’s other passions include flying aerobatics, art, history, and music.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With over 30 years in business, Prototron Circuits is one of the industry leaders when it comes to high-technology, quick-turnaround (QTA) PCBs. Their continued outstanding performance (98%+ quality and delivery) has made them a true preferred source of all companies needing reliable QTA PCBs. With their new global sourcing solution, Prototron Circuits is truly America’s board source.
Prototron Circuits has facilities in Redmond, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona. Due to their focus on the high-mix, low-volume market, they see thousands of new part numbers and data packages, making them especially qualified to write “The Printed Circuit Board Designer’s Guide to… Producing the Perfect Data Package.”
In this video, Mark Thompson talks about Prototron’s eBook “The Printed Circuit Designer’s Guide to… Producing the Perfect Data Package” with Steve Williams of The Right Approach Consulting.
Kelly Dack CID+, CIT, EPTAC Corporation
Kelly Dack understands that PCB design involves more than how well a designer can get electrons to flow through a circuit on a PCB. He has dedicated his career to demonstrating that PCB design also includes how well a designer can get a PCB layout to flow efficiently through the manufacturing [...]
Douglas Brooks Retired engineer, Ph.D.
Douglas Brooks has a BSEE and an MSEE from Stanford and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. For the last 27 years, he has owned a small engineering service firm, written numerous technical articles on PCB design and signal integrity issues, and published two books on these topics. He [...]
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What Our Readers Are Saying
Mark Thompson is not afraid to ask for what he needs from a customer to start a job with the end in sight. In fact, he does the industry one better in this book by telling you what a PCB fabricator needs to get the complex job done right. Much appreciated!Kelly Dack, CID+, CIT, EPTAC Corporation
Mark does an outstanding job detailing what needs to be included in the handoff between the board designer and fabricator. Understanding and following his advice will lead to a smooth transition between these two functions. His new book should be required reading for every designer.Douglas Brooks, retired engineer, Ph.D.
If you are serious about creating the best, most perfect data packages available today, do yourself a favor. Download and read this book. It’s simple—the better the package, the better the board.Dan Beaulieu, president, D.B. Management