Electronics Manufacturing Forum Printed circuit board assembly, surface mount technology and electronics manufacturing forum discussions from Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:35:16 GMT Hi anyone have recommended pcb manufacturer? Hi anyone have recommended pcb manufacturer? My require: quick delivery time; best quality; affordable price; best service; PCB Assembly provided Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:34:23 GMT DEK 265GSX " Board Stop not retracted" Hi, I have DEK 265GSX. Just got error message " BOARD STOP NOT RETRACTED" Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:35:01 GMT Need small quantity of chemicals for PC board fabrication We have in-house PCB fabrication capability for items such as simple single-sided prototype boards, copper shields and copper stencils for our paint shop. We are having difficulty acquiring small containers of chemicals, especially developer and stripper. Manufacturers are selling these chemicals in large drums only, where we only use 1-2 gallons per year. 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