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Nano System installs Tongtai 2-station drill machine at Colonial CircuitsFebruary 15, 2016 | Nano System
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Nano System Incorporated has announced the installation of a Tongtai Model SD-216B CNC drilling machine at Colonial Circuits in Fredericksburg, VA. This machine is equipped with 160,000 rpm Westwind air bearing spindles and the NSI optical inner layer registration system. Automatic tool change with 300 tools per station; tool diameter, length, and dynamic runout check; and a blind via depth control system accurate to ± 20 microns will provide Colonial Circuits with industry leading capability to fabricate HDI multilayer PCB’s with very accurately placed blind and buried vias and line widths and spacing down to 50 microns.
About Colonial Circuits
Colonial Circuits is currently in its 35th year as a full service manufacturer of high quality circuit boards. The company's 60 dedicated employees serve military, space, and commercial markets from its 40,000 square foot facility in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Colonial's capabilities include rigid, flexible, and rigid/flex, prototype through low volume offering a wide range of technologies including HDI, Blind/Buried vias, laser drilling, micro filled vias, controlled depth drill/rout, sequential laminations, hybrid-constructions/mixed laminates and heavy copper circuitry. Lead times as short as 24 hours make Colonial a prime choice for the industry's low volume, high reliability needs. For more information click here.
Tongtai Machine & Tool Company of Taiwan is a leading manufacturer in Asia of precision CNC machine tools for the PCB and other industries. Since 1969 Tongtai has delivered over 100,000 machine tools to industry - over 4500 in the PCB industry with six drill and seven routing models available and airbearing drill spindles up to 300 krpm and ball bearing routing spindles up to 80 krpm.
About Nano System Inc.
Nano System Inc., the North American distributor for Tongtai machines, provides technical support, service, and spare parts for Tongtai machines from facilities in Milpitas, CA and Manchester, NH. In addition Nano System Inc. designs and manufactures standard and customized laser drilling and routing machines at the Manchester facility.
For more information on Nano System’s products and services or to schedule an evaluation of a mechanical or laser machine, contact Sam Sekine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.