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Compunetics, Inc. is newly qualified by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) (VQE-17-031349) to provide multilayer flex printed circuit boards per MIL-PRF-31032/3 & MIL-PRF-31032/4 certifications and standards. These qualifications, effective 5/4/2017, allow Compunetics to build flexible circuit boards with up to five layers.
Compunetics is certified to MIL-PRF-31032/1 and /2 for rigid PCBs for up 24 layers using FR-4 materials. Additional certifications include the capability to produce PCBs up to 18 layers composed of a mix of FR-4 and ceramic filled hydrocarbon material.
Compunetics is pursuing a new DLA qualification that would certify them to manufacture 14-layer rigid-flex boards. This certification acquisition is expected in the fall of 2017.
About Compunetics, Inc.
Compunetics, a subsidiary of Compunetix Inc., was established in 1968 and has since been engaged in the design and manufacture of special systems for complex information processing applications. In 1969, the company began manufacturing printed circuit boards. Currently, Compunetics’ capabilities include the fabrication of rigid, flexible and rigid-flex printed circuit boards. More information regarding the company can be found here.
Bob Burns, PRINTED CIRCUITS
One question that I hear fairly often, particularly after an initial quotation, is “Why is rigid-flex so expensive?” In this article, I’ll share with designers the cost drivers in rigid-flex relative to standard rigid boards and flex circuits with stiffeners. A typical rigid-flex PWB will cost about seven times the cost of the same design on a hard board, and two to three times an equivalent flex circuit with stiffeners.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
For our first issue of the Flex007 Magazine, we invited a group of flexible circuit experts to discuss their work in this rapidly growing segment. Participants included Jonathan Weldon of DuPont, Mark Finstad of Flexible Circuit Technologies, and Scott McCurdy and Scott Miller of Freedom CAD. In a free-wheeling discussion with Andy Shaughnessy and Barry Matties, these technologists share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities in flexible circuits, as well as what constitutes the cutting edge of flex right now.
Thy-An Tran, Pioneer Circuits Inc.
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