Web Site Upgrades

Converted to SSL Secure site in all pages.

January 3, 2018

The URL at the top of the page on GoldenGateGraphics.com should show and this padlock icon Secure https.

However, if a page on GoldenGateGraphics.com is not secure, it will show instead this icon Not Secure. If this occurs on one of our pages, please contact us and we will inform the webmaster.

Using Cascading Style Sheets to Create Liquid Layout and More Useful Navigation

April 6, 2009

We are in the process converting our web pages to Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) "liquid layout." Starting with the home page, we have redesigned the appearance and flexibility and added a navigation menu near the top of the page. We will propagate that layout across our web site over the next several weeks. Please let us know how you like our new home page.

After that project is completed, we are going to expand and re-format our PCB glossary.

In the News of Printed Circuit Board Manufacture and Design

Lead and other Hazardous Materials:  RoHS compliance in Europe required by July 1, 2006

The lead-free movement is well under way in Europe. The new compliance requirement is called RoHS--Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (Waste from Electric and Electronic Equipment). These restrictions are required by the European Council, promulgation of laws and regulations are the responsibility of the European countries individually, and implementation is required of manufacturers of electrical products to be used in Europe.

"The RoHS Directive (Directive 2002/95/EC), which was finalized by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on January 27, 2003, bans the placement of new electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) containing lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium and both polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominatedc diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants starting July 1, 2006." [Quoted from IPC (Association Connecting Electronic Industries) Review, Vol 45, No. 9 of November 2004 ]

What's new at Golden Gate Graphics' web site:

Software compatability listed

We have expanded and so have updated our software compatability page in February 2009.

Tutorial on GCPrevue Version 13 Begun

We have added a tutorial for GCPrevue Version 13 on how to make assembly drawings plots from Gerber files.

Online training site updated August of 2003

An article called "Pieces of Eight" was added, along with a few others.

Updates as of Saturday, March 14, 2009

Direct email links from website replaced with on-line forms

Because of spammers using our email links, we have replaced all email links with on-line forms. Make your initial contact this way and then we can communicate via email from that point forward.

Updates as of Friday, July 18, 2003

Guestbook discontinued due to spam

On Friday, July 18, 2003 we discontinued the use of our guestbook, as it was being used almost entirely by spammers.

Updates as of Monday, June 03, 2002

1  Glossary of PCB Design and Manufacturing

If you refer to the "lining-up" of artwork as "registration" (as many of our most distinguished fellows do),  read this definition and then imagine what we all must sound like to members of the printing profession.

2  Checking Gerber files with GC-Prevue. 

This tutorial has been updated and revised several times.   Get the tutorial now!

Added on Thursday, November 08, 2001

1.  What Is a PCB Designer Anyway?

For you recruiters out there who are asked to find one, and for anyone else interested, this is a plain English description of a Printed Circuit Board Designer. Hint: It is not the same as an electrical engineer.

Added on Tuesday, August 21, 2001

1.  What an Electrical Engineer Wants.

Are you an electrical engineer? Here's an article on what a certain PCB designer thinks it is that you want. Click here to read it now.

2.  Streamlined PCB Design Training Site Updated.


Added articles on the motto for Streamlined PCB Design:

"How do you know when a job is really done?"

"What an electrical engineer wants." Because we would like feed back from electrical engineers, we are making that last article available outside of the training site. Click here to read it now.

Added on Friday, April 27, 2001

1.  How to Use GC-Prevue

Get the tutorial now! If you are involved in electronics product development or PCB design and don't already have the low cost software program GC-Prevue, you might want to get it. GC-Prevue is a full-featured Gerber and NC Drill file viewer. It's a great tool for viewing, checking and plotting shared printed circuit board data over a network. Because it is low cost, it is available to most people in your information stream.

2.   Glossary updated.

Our glossary of printed circuit design and manufacturing has been one of the most-used features of this web site.

3.  Valuable Final Product check lists improved.

See On-Line Training for updated check lists.

Added on July 26, 2000

Product development links area added.

Hook up with industry insiders using these links to engineering and manufacturing related sites.

Added on May 28, 2000:

On-line training pilot project updated.

1.   Check lists: Valuable Final Product Qualification

Available for your use and adaptation are checklists for verifying the quality of your products in CAE and PCB CAD, regardless of particular software used. The checklists for new designs were just updated. Among the new additions are checklists for ECO's, or new revisions of schematics and PCB designs.

The checklists are in RTF (Rich Text Format), so should be adaptable to a variety of platforms and word processors, and can be edited by yourselves to match your own particular technologies and CAE/CAD software.

2.   Log sheets

Also added are handy time log and schematic stat (production statistics) sheets, both in HTML, for doing time studies of your work and productivity;these can double as your billable-hours logs as needed.

3. The overall outline for Streamlined PCB Design was updated.

For one, the Java and non-Java versions now match.

Added on April 6, 2000

On-line training pilot project launched.

On-Line Training for printed circuit designers: You can participate in this new site free of charge.

Added on April 4, 2000

A new guestbook. (Removed on Friday, July 18, 2003 due to spam)

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