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EMC Gains License to Produce Arlon ProductsNovember 9, 2022 | Arlon Electronic Materials
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Arlon Electronic Materials, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, is pleased to announce the company has entered into a licensing agreement with Elite Materials Co. Ltd. (EMC), Taiwan. Under the terms of this agreement, EMC will commence volume production of Arlon’s flag ship polyimide material 85N. Arlon’s and EMC’s product engineer teams initiated this effort in early 2022. The polyimide product produced by EMC will be marketed as EM-85N. The EM-85N material meets or exceeds the performance requirements of IPC-4101-WAM-1. The product will be certified to both /40 and /41. Offering equivalent product performance to Arlon’s 85N at a lower production cost through EMC is the goal in creating EM-85N. EMC is granted file copy authorization by Underwriters Laboratories to manufacture Arlon’s 85N utilizing Arlon’s file number E48692.
“This collaborative effort will greatly benefit the users of Arlon’s 85N product in Asia, Europe, and North America.” Stated Mark Carlson, Arlon’s Global OEM Marketing Manager. “The location of EMC’s Taiwan volume production facility will reduce the logistics costs to our customer base in SE Asia. Leveraging the production capabilities of EMC to manufacture EM-85N in Taiwan provides a cost advantage on EM-85N that is not obtainable if produced in North America. The EM-85N laminates will be available to Arlon’s North American customer base in early 2023.” Added Mr. Carlson.
Data sheets for the product are available at: www.emctw.com or www.arlonemd.com.
On the cusp of another IPC APEX EXPO, we focus on how bare board fabricators can maximize their time and investment at the show. We visited with Matt Kelly, IPC chief technologist, and Julia Gumminger, IPC professional development and events manager, as well as Udo Welzel and Stanton Rak, the chairs of the technical program committee, to discuss the technical depth and breadth that the 2024 show will bring to fabricators and professionals all along the supply chain.
Each quarter, IPC releases a list of standards that are new or have been updated. To view a complete list of newly published standards and standards revisions, translations, proposed standards for ballot, final drafts for industry review, working drafts, and project approvals, visit ipc.org/status.
IPC’s efforts in government relations and advocacy have been pivotal in getting legislation like the CHIPS Act passed. In February, IPC President and CEO Dr. John W. Mitchell was back in Washington, D.C., representing our industry in a meeting convened by the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he discussed workforce issues in our industry and how to ensure that our businesses have the workforce they need. In this audio interview, he reviews his concerns and solutions on workforce development.
Like any great tech industry event, IPC APEX EXPO pushes us out of our busy 24/7 manufacturing bubbles. It forces us to pay attention to things that are important but not always present in our day-to-day lives. But there is so much to see and do. This issue of PCB007 Magazine previews many of the important events taking place at the show this year and highlights some changes and opportunities. Let us help you map out your show plan. This issue is focused on the PCB fabricator’s show experience and how you can get the most from your valuable time and investment in attending the show. So, buckle up. We are counting down to IPC APEX EXPO 2024.
It’s been another busy week in the industry. We lost another old friend last week. The EIPC show happened, and Pete Starkey provided us with complete and compelling show coverage, from start to finish. Recently, we posed the question, “When is it time to introduce embedded components into your PCB design?” which was asked and answered by design aficionado Kris Moyers in the latest issue of Design007 Magazine. We are proud to be a part of the exciting Global Insights weekly newsletter, which Nolan Johnson and Brian Knier explored in their interview, and we rounded out the week with some big merger news. Here are my picks for the past week’s must-read news items.