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all4-PCB, supplier of PCB process equipment to the North American market, has installed Penta Hot Air Solder Leveling (HASL) systems at Flexible Circuits and Jet Technologies.
The Penta series of HASL equipment, manufactured by Pentagal of Bochum Germany, has a wide process window for panels of different sizes and thicknesses and flexible circuits. In addition to the Penta 580 or Penta 550 for solder coating, Pentagal offers a complete line of support equipment for the HASL process.
Flexible Circuits, Inc, Warrington, PA has been an industry leader in manufacturing flex circuits for over 55 years. Their customer base is mostly in the military and aerospace industries and require high-precision, high-quality flex circuits and assemblies.
Jet Technologies, Inc, New Berlin, WI is a supplier of single sided PCBs up to 18-layer PCBs, with quick turn as a specialty. As a family-owned business, Jet technologies has been in operation since 1971.
all4-PCB, headquartered in Glendale, CA, partners with their European and Asian suppliers to offer the North America PCB manufacturing base the finest in process equipment. In addition to equipment sales, all4-PCB also has a fully stocked warehouse of spares and a network of service technicians across North America.
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
David Thomas, master IPC trainer at EPTAC, says that the more you understand the work and technology that go into your processes and products, the better you can serve your customers. That includes knowing the basics.
Chris Wall, technical director, Electra Polymers
Ever since liquid photoimageable solder masks (LPISMs) were introduced, their UV exposure speed has been a key factor in their performance. The LPISM is coated onto the PCB, dried, and then selectively exposed with UV light via a phototool, or more recently, via direct imaging using LED or lasers. The exposed areas polymerise and become insoluble in the developing solution. The polymerisation is initiated by one or more chemicals called photoinitiators, which are components of the LPISM.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Widely believed to be the traditional Centre of England, Meriden was a popular venue for a gathering of the UK printed circuit community this month. They braved the forecast of heavy snow for the Institute of Circuit Technology’s annual general meeting to learn about current developments and challenges in a thought-provoking technical seminar and to network with industry peers and contemporaries. Thankfully, the forecasted heavy snowfall did not reach Meriden until after the event; we only had a few flurries, although the weather caused considerable disruption elsewhere in the country.