Insulectro and Isola Combine Exhibits to Create Materials Super Booth at IPC APEX

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Insulectro, the largest supplier of materials for use in the printed circuit board and printed electronics, will be partnering with Isola to create the largest exhibit in the materials section at this year’s IPC APEX EXPO at the San Diego Convention Center, February 14 through 16, 2017. The exhibit space (3733/3833) will showcase new, innovative products from Isola and Insulectro’s best-in-class suppliers

Ken Parent, Insulectro Vice President of Sales & Product Management commented, “We welcome the chance to partner with Isola to create a totally unique exhibit experience at IPC this year in San Diego. There is a lot to talk about and see this year, and, our 1200 square booth provides a perfect arena for attendees to observe what’s changing the industry.

“As we all know the PCB industry changes at an ever-increasing pace. On the technical side, circuit boards are continuing the relentless trend towards thinner, smaller, and faster. OEM designers are demanding a new breed of materials with lower loss and lower Dk to design and build boards that were never before possible. As a materials distributor, we are very pleased to be able to present a host of exciting products to the electronics industry during IPC’s annual tradeshow. In addition to Isola’s amazing high speed digital and RF laminates, we will also highlight innovative new products from DuPont®, LCOA®, Pacothane, Focus Tech, and EMD Performance Materials. Add to that the premiere line of copper foil from Oak-Mitsui, and Shikoku Chemicals’ leading edge products in organic solderability preservatives (OSP) and advanced pretreatment categories,” Parent added.

Norm Berry, Director of Laminates and OEM Marketing concurred with Parent, “There is a lot of excitement around Isola resin systems particularly with Tachyon 100G. 100G is the next generation resin, blending signal integrity performance and production friendly processing. We fully expect this product to maintain its aggressive growth and become the next ‘must have’ for designers. Stop by our booth (3733/3833) and I’ll show you the impressive data.

“Other high speed showstoppers include  Isola’s I-Tera MT40, I-Speed, and Astra laminates,” Berry concluded.

Insulectro Director of Product Management Michelle Walsh plans on making a big splash by demonstrating DuPont’s Yieldmaster Wet Lamination process at IPC APEX, “Wet Lam is something that interests more and more fabricators due to the increase in VLP copper used to meet the demand for improved signal integrity. Thanks to DuPont, we are showing an actual laminator in demo mode with an integrated wet lam system. Attendees will be able to see, close up, what this system can do for them.”

“In addition, you’ll learn about DuPont’s Interra thin copper clad laminates. These laminates are highly reliable, no-glass solutions for rigid fine-line applications. They offer low dielectric loss, high dielectric isolation and strength, and tight thickness tolerance along with finer line capabilities and improved electrical performance,” Walsh continued.

“And this is just one of the incredible DuPont materials Insulectro distributes. Come see me and I’ll bring you up to date on the Pyralux flexible laminates and all of the Riston dry film photoresist materials,” Walsh continued.

In addition to PCB materials, Insulectro distributes a full line of conductive inks and pastes from DuPont for the PE market. Kevin Miller, Vice President of Sales for Printed Electronics, commented, “As you’ve probably seen, there is a lot of energy around printed electronics – it’s everywhere. You’ll find our products in everything from membrane switches to medical devices, and most exciting in wearable goods.

“In our booth, you will see a functioning printed electronics ink printer provided by Meyer Burger Ltd. that will demonstrate additive, drop-on-demand, digital inkjet printing. Plus, an enormous 4 foot by 6 foot printed electronic used in a whiteboard system will be on display. It features DuPont conductive inks.

 “The wearables market is exploding, come see a sports garment capable of monitoring a variety of bodily functions as the wearer works out – anything from body temperature to heart rate. And it’s all due to DuPont innovation with conductive, stretchable inks,” Miller added. “This is a great opportunity for PCB fabricators to learn more about PE materials. In our highly-attended Power Chats, you can get a 13.5 minute overview of the potential with ‘Printed Electronics 101’ presented by Insulectro VP of Technology Chris Hunrath and Printed Electronics Product Specialist Jeff Parker.”

“Guaranteed to also stop traffic is a functioning PlayStation 4 Virtual Reality goggle headset containing OLED screens and other printed electronics,” Miller concluded.

“Longtime Insulectro supplier Pacothane is presenting a brand-new product Paco•Clutch - a two-side releasable film, engineered specifically for use by PCB Multilayer manufacturers that laminate etched copper laminate cores, in place of copper foil. In the outer layer lamination process. This state-of-the-art product performs a dual purpose in the production of Cap Layer constructions.

“In addition, Pacothane will present the ThermoLam system of extreme temperature release film (ThermoFilm) and press pads (ThermoPads),” Ken Parent added, “Plus, we will be exhibiting the remarkable Ormet Sintering Paste from EMD Performance Materials and our superb drill room products from LCOA.

“Let’s not forget chemistry,” stated Insulectro Vice President for Chemistry Chris Hrusovsky. “We have two excellent suppliers with longtime partner Focus Tech and their amazing process chemistries and control system; and, Shikoku Chemicals with their electronic chemicals comprising organic solderability preservative and microetching solutions, and advanced and specialty chemicals.

“We know we offer the best products available but another thing we are proud of is our Insulectro service model,” Parent continued, “Customers need tomorrow’s solutions today. They can’t wait. We are putting a lot of emphasis on product and service innovation this year. We take innovation very seriously. One of our core values is our commitment to the entire PCB supply chain. We enjoy forging trusted partnerships among suppliers, us as distributor, fabricators, and OEMs.  We know the challenges we all face in a rapidly evolving marketplace and one of our goals is to bring solutions that strengthen everyone’s businesses.”

About Insulectro

Insulectro is the largest supplier of PCB and printed electronics materials. With ten stocking locations across North America, Insulectro supplies advanced engineered materials manufactured by DuPont, Isola, LCOA, CAC, Inc., Pacothane, Oak Mitsui, Shikoku, Focus Tech Process Chemistry, and EMD Performance Materials. These products are used by its customers to fabricate complex, multilayer circuit boards in a variety of end markets including telecom, data communications, high speed computing, mobile devices, military, and medical. For more information, click here.


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