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Colonial Circuits Hosts Annual IPC DFM Workshop

Sep 12, 2012

Mark Osborn, President and founder of Colonial Circuits announced today that his company will once again be hosting the annual IPC Design for Manufacturability workshop to be held Wednesday and Thursday September 19th and 20th. 2012. This will be Colonial's eighteenth year hosting this important event.

I feel that it is so important that PCB designers and fabricators are completely in sync when it comes to designing and fabricating printed the circuit boards. I consider this workshop the epitome of extending that philosophy and why we at Colonial always consider hosting this even an important privilege,” commented Mr. Osborn when making this announcement. “Of all of the significant workshops that IPC provides I feel that this one is the most critical. In these times of severe global competition it is crucial that we do all that we can to help our American companies to compete in this highly competitive global market, this event helps us to do just that. We are always happy to welcome IPC and the designers into our facility as part of our contribution to this important effort.”

Event Information from IPC:

Printed board design today is about tough choices and trade-offs between increasingly sophisticated fabrication technologies. This workshop will address tolerance characteristics that make sense using the capabilities of today's manufacturing equipment. Here is a unique opportunity to learn about design issues firsthand, with a tour of a printed board manufacturer.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is a must for all involved directly in printed circuit board design. Recommended for: process, manufacturing, packaging, reliability and purchasing engineers, managers and staff. Great background for your marketing and sales team.

What You Will Learn:

  • Design parameters (rigid, flex & tolerances)
  • Material selection (laminate & platings)
  • Leaded parts vs. lead-free
  • Small hole technology (through-hole, blind, buried and microvias)
  • Imaging, conductor definition and lamination
  • Solder mask and legend (plugged vias and surface finishes)
  • Final fabrication and quality control (defect verification)
  • Component requirements (new plating and size restrictions)
  • Board design for assembly (components clearances and test nodes)
  • Assembly material properties (new material impact on design)
  • Land pattern design (mathematical models and library tools)
  • Assembly considerations (new process restrictions on materials)
  • Electrical testing (techniques and data transfer methods)
  • Future changes contemplated for IC packaging


  • Two full days of instruction begin at 8:30 am and conclude by 5:00 pm.
  • Please plan to participate in the networking reception after class on September 19, 2012
  • A tour of the Colonial Circuits facility is also included
  • Please note: Colonial Circuits is an ITAR-certified facility. Only U.S. citizens may join the tour.


Colonial Circuits, Inc.
1026 Warrenton Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22406


The registration fee for this workshop is $400 for IPC members and Designers Council participants, $450 for nonmembers. To learn more, contact IPC at +1 847-597-2861.


Country Inn & Suites
656 Warrenton Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22406

Make your reservations by telephone at +1 540-656-2398.

Be sure to tell the hotel that you are participating in an event at Colonial Circuits to receive the special courtesy rate of $85, plus tax.

For 32 years, Colonial Circuits has been a leading full-service manufacturer of high-quality circuit boards serving the military, space and commercial markets from its 40,000 sq ft facility in historic Fredericksburg, VA. Colonial Circuit’s capabilities include multilayer constructions, a collection of rigid, flexible, rigid/flex materials, blind/buried vias and a variety of other skills not found in many shops. Lead times as short as 24 hours make Colonial Circuits a prime choice for the industry’s low-volume/high reliability needs. For more information go to

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