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RBP is proud to announce the release of MAGNUM N-499, an additional innovation to their PTH process product offering for printed circuit boards. MAGNUM N-499 is a specially designed neutralizer based on hydrogen peroxide that removes residues of manganese dioxide from drilled holes after permanganate desmear in preparation for metallization of multilayer circuit boards. MAGNUM N-499 is effective on a variety of resin materials including high performance epoxy resins and polyimide. It is easily replenished and does not require circuit boards to be dried prior to processing. MAGNUM N-499 should be used in conjunction with MAGNUM K-401 OXIDIZER or MAGNUM N-501 OXIDIZER for optimal performance in the desmear sequence.
Positive Customer Impact
This new product provides the fabricator with wide process latitude with respect to neutralizing manganese dioxide residues that could negatively impact the metallization of high reliability, high aspect ratio printed wiring boards. The process is easily controlled with simple wet analysis and has a long working solution life.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Örebro, Sweden on June 15 brought a bright and early start to Day 2 of the EIPC Summer Conference for those who had enjoyed the previous evening’s networking dinner, but had resisted the temptation to over-indulge or to carry on their long-awaited catch-up conversations with old friends into the small hours. All but a few were in their seats for 9 a.m., awake and attentive for Session 4 of the conference, on the theme of new process technologies, moderated by Martyn Gaudion, CEO of Polar Instruments.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
The I-Connect007 Editorial Team speaks with Technica’s Frank Medina, Ed Carrigan, and Jason Perry about trending hotspots that provide the PCB fabricator a high return on investment (ROI). A theme that carries throughout the conversation is that traditional methods for calculating ROI are being replaced by models that include more qualitative factors.
Nolan Johnson, PCB007
The first steps in process improvement are to determine what the gap is and why it happens. Having a process is not sufficient; the process needs to be effective as well. For those responsible for creating and maintaining processes, the ultimate goal is to create a procedure that becomes self-perpetuating, that seeps into the fabric of the company’s culture. For better or worse, plenty of procedures do indeed become ingrained in company culture. How does one go about ensuring that company culture is loaded with effective processes that deliver a positive outcome? That is the question, to be sure.