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Guest Editor Dick Crowe and Nick Koop, Senior Application Engineer at TTM Technologies, discuss the latest revision of the flex/rigid-flex standard that is underway. The flex/rigid-flex circuit industry is booming and in many cases North America is the preferred area for manufacture. Nick also encourages those with an interest to participate in IPC subcommittee activities. Not only can your company's voice be heard, but it is a great learning experience.
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
ESI equipment has been in high demand with the recent rise of flex and HDI. But when Barry Matties met with Patrick Riechel and John Williams at HKPCA, they explained that it is really ESI’s future protection and flexibility in the process that keeps them ahead of the market and allows for ongoing success.
Today, Brigitflex is building unique custom-made boards for companies all over the world, from large defense and aerospace companies to small incubator companies inventing new products. They have become well-known as the shop to go to when nobody else can solve your problems.
Akber Roy, Rush PCB Inc.
Designing with flexible PCBs is not much different from doing the same with rigid boards, except that the designer must account for the mechanical complexity associated with flex circuits. For instance, a flexible PCB can tear if flexed beyond its capability during installation. Therefore, it is very important to create a mechanical model of the PCB and test it for a proper fit, before taking up the electrical design.