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Industry experts urge government for change in UK electronics sector

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A series of open letters written by industry experts urge the new Government to make changes which would benefit the UK electronics sector. The letters, which were published in full on the Electronics Weekly website, highlight the significance of the electronics sector to the UK economy and suggest some changes which could help promote industry growth. […]


The 4 best PCB surface finishes

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Scratch the surface and you’ll find there’s a lot more to PCB finishes than you think.  Actually, don’t scratch the surface… that is very much the point.  It is the finish will ultimately protect the copper on the board from oxidation. The possible finishes to your PCB are varied, and can have very different impacts […]


Graphene Valley – Manchester’s big news for electronics and PCB manufacturers.

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Here at Hi-5, we are proud of both our Rochdale roots and location within Greater Manchester, especially when you consider the innovative and successful industrial history of this grand northern city.  This was the city where Rutherford split the atom, where Turing helped invent the computer.  And now it’s born witness to another incredibly exciting […]


Protective PCB manufacture

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Printed Circuit Boards have an almost limitless array of uses: computers to mobile phones, stereo equipment to i-Pads.  Our reliance on PCBs is now ubiquitous… our lives seem completely plugged in to this pulsing, electronic world. To service this market, PCB manufacture takes in a massive array of styles and designs, from multilayer to flexible; […]


Our PCB production process just got a ‘hole’ lot quicker!

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Hi 5 have now completed the investment plans for the 2012/2013 financial year and, with it, upgraded their PCB production process. We have invested in two pieces of high technology equipment which further enhance our capability to produce quality printed circuit boards in the shortest possible time. Our AOI, a Lloyd Doyle Excalibur, was selected […]


A Happy Finish for PCB Manufacturing

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From my last post about the top-class work (ahem!) done by our Front End Team, I’d like to move onto one of the last processes carried out in printed circuit board manufacturing, i.e. the PCB finish. The “finish” refers to the final coating which will cover the component pads. Sometimes, the via holes (the links […]


“Front End” PCB Manufacturing

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Front End is the term used to describe what is essentially, the start of the PCB manufacturing process. It’s here that a customer’s files will arrive and it’s then down to us to manipulate these files into the various formats used in printed circuit board manufacture. First of all, the customer sends us his “Gerber” […]