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All Flex Solutions Installs New Inner Layer FactoryDecember 5, 2023 | All Flex Solutions
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All Flex Solutions has purchased and installed a new inner layer factory in their Rigid Flex Center of Excellence located in Minneapolis. This continues their investments in plants and technology to support customers’ needs for capability, speed and increased yield.
All Flex Solutions has purchased and installed:
- IPS Chemical Clean and Microetch Line
- Teknek Surface Cleaner
- Class 10,000 Clean Room
- Hakuto Mach 6630NP – automatic cut sheet dry film laminator
- IPS Develop Etch Strip Line
- Supported with Orbotech Laser Direct Imagers and Automatic Optical Inspection machines
All the equipment is equipped with thin material support, ideal for the thin materials that are typically used in rigid flex manufacturing.
“Our new inner layer factory is going through qualification now,” said Vern Weik. “It will dramatically improve our factory throughput and inner layer yields. We will be able to load finished layers to the floor, with less handling, improved yields, less labor, greater throughput, finer lines and spacing and at higher speeds because it is all one continuous operation.”
Matt Tannehill, President and CEO of the rigid flex operation said “this continues our commitment to serve our customers and with a state-of-the-art operation, to give them the highest quality rigid flex products on the market at the best possible manufacturing yields! We are very excited to see the line qualified for production by our Engineering and Quality Assurance departments.”
Hernon is pleased to offer its Autobond® line of dispensers, specifically designed for the precise application of sealants. The Autobond® line of dispensers, developed by Hernon's equipment division, is engineered to deliver metered amounts of sealant directly to male fittings, ensuring accurate and efficient application while minimizing product waste.
Cumberland Electronics Strategic Supply Solutions (CE3S), a leading provider of quality goods and services, is excited to announce an upcoming webinar titled "Workplace Health & Safety with PACE & CE3S: Fume Extraction and the Benefits to your Workforce." The webinar will take place on Thursday, March 28, from 1-2 p.m. EDT.
An important but sometimes overlooked aspect of flex and rigid-flex fabrication and assembly is the flex circuit tail, which is attached to a rigid PCB with pressure-sensitive conductive adhesives. This sub-assembly is becoming very common. We often see this applied to glass displays and microelectronic applications.
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All Flex Solutions has started the equipment build-out of a completely new flexible circuit manufacturing facility in Minneapolis. The building was purchased in 2020, and was completely renovated to accommodate the company’s plans for a brand new state-of-the-art flexible circuit fabrication plant.