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In this issue, we examine how fabs work with their design customers, educating them on the critical elements of fabrication needed to be successful, as well as the many tradeoffs involved. How well do you really know your customer? What makes for a closer, more synchronized working relationship?
In this issue, the biggest names in PCB manufacturing share their economic outlook for the upcoming year and beyond. As you will see, they were all bullish on our industry, but there was some apprehension as well. No one wants to get burned by another the supply chain disruption.
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Matrix Materials Support Ultra-Long Flexible Circuits ApplicationsMay 31, 2018 | Matrix
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The market for long flexible printed circuits continues to grow rapidly. The performance and high reliability of flexible circuits over traditional hard wiring and cabling continues to expand into new applications in medical equipment, automotive, aerospace and defense applications. One key challenge for manufacturing ultra-long circuits has been obtaining the custom sized long panels or flexible circuit roll materials needed to fabricate these circuits.
Matrix is pleased to announce that it can support long flexible circuit applications with either copper clad flex materials in roll form or custom made long flex material panel sizes made with the leading Panasonic Felios and Matrix Plus brand of flexible circuit materials. Matrix maintains a wide range of roll materials in stock and can provide custom panels on a quick-turn basis from the flex materials conversion center located in our Santa Clara, California location.
“We are pleased to take a leadership role in supporting this exciting market with a growing list of customers that are using proprietary roll to roll and long circuit manufacturing processes.” stated Bob Berg, Matrix VP of Sales and Marketing.
About Matrix USA Inc.
Committed to the motto, “Quality Products, Dependable People”, Matrix was established in 1977 with the objective of providing quality raw materials to the North American Printed Circuit Board Industry. Matrix has four rapid-response warehouses located throughout the US and Canada that fulfill high quality, fast delivery, and custom orders daily. For further information, click here.
After working for a capital equipment supplier for almost 50 years, I’ve found that the most important part of getting to know your vendor is good communication among all parties. While contact between fabricators of a constantly changing product line and the designers of those products may occur daily or weekly, conversations between you and your equipment supplier may be years apart. That lengthy gap often means that previous contacts may have been promoted, retired, or moved on to other opportunities. You may have also migrated to a new supplier with whom you have little or no history. In either case, you will be interacting with someone you are unfamiliar with (as they are with you). Therefore, it is essential for both sides to communicate clearly so expectations will align.
The opening session of the second day’s conference proceedings focused on global PCB trends and was introduced and moderated by Dr. Michele Stampanoni, vice president of strategic sales and business development at Cicor Group in Switzerland. He opened the session with Dr. Hayao Nakahara’s knowledgeable and enlightening video presentation on the IC substrates industry.
The 2024 Winter Conference of the EIPC took place January 30 and 31 at the IHK Academie in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. The keynote session will be reported separately. Here is my review of the first day’s conference proceedings.
Electrodeposition comes down to fundamentals. In the early days of plating, many users considered the nuances of metallization as black magic. Those days are long gone. Having a thorough understanding of the critical parameters that influence electrodeposition will determine success.
High Density Packaging User Group (HDP) is pleased to announce that Shikoku Chemicals Corporation (Shikoku) has become a member.