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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 […]


From Gerber to working prototype – a PCB manufacturing overview

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The electronics industry – just as with marketing… even politics – is often guilty of an over reliance on jargon.  This is also true of the ubiquity across the industry of O.P.As (often pointless acronyms). That’s not to say, of course, that the process isn’t complicated, with many precise stages in the process between your […]


The flexible circuits revolution

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Imagine printed circuit boards manufactured to be flexible enough to bend and even fold. Welcome to the world of flexible (flex) circuits, which promises to completely change the way electronics devices are made and used. Flex circuits are circuits screen printed on top of flexible substrates. They are likely to make an impact in a […]


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; […]


Screen printing in PCB production

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The art of screen-printing has long been a mainstay in PCB production, used in many processes from applying etch and plating resists over the copper surface, through to the application of solder and peelable resists and of course, legend or ident inks. It’s probably fair to say that, as technology has advanced over the years, […]


HI5’s new printed circuit board manufacturing equipment

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Our latest acquisition is this drilling machine from Pluritec Industries – the Multistation L. It’s a very high performance micro-drilling machine for Printed Circuit Board manufacturing and features the following key points: •    Flexibility •    Accuracy and repeatability •    High speed productivity •    Minimal space requirements. The boards are loaded and unloaded by an ingenious […]


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 […]


PCB Fabrication – Scoring & Routing

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Printed Circuit Board fabrication has come a long way. There was a time when, if a customer ordered 100 PCB’s that’s exactly what he got. 100 individual Printed Circuit Boards. My very first job in the industry, way back in 1978, was to Pin Rout hundreds of boards…all day, every day! We can of course […]