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In January 2015, Eurocircuits, a leading European PCB prototype manufacturer, purchased a Ledia SD direct imager from Ucamco for its manufacturing facility in Eger (Hungary).
“Conventional phototool-based exposure are very expensive for us, because we use the films to make relatively small numbers of panels, yet we can't re-use them," said Luc Smets, managing partner at Eurocircuits. "We realised some years ago that DI would eliminate our film costs, and so we started tracking our materials and processing costs vs. the costs of investment in the technology. Last year, the numbers finally made sense: DI systems costs had decreased sufficiently, and at our Eger plant alone, we used a record 36,000 films for inner and outer layers, and 25,000 films for soldermask. It was time to make the switch."
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
Although it was originally proposed to hold a one-day face-to-face EIPC conference in Frankfurt, travel restrictions in Germany made this impractical. But the Technical Snapshot webinar format has proved so successful that it was decided to run an extended version as an alternative—two sessions, with three presentations each. It worked extremely well. The carefully selected program on February 23 featured excellent speakers, and seamless organisation added up to an outstanding event.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
No matter how you look at it, we’re already off to a roaring start in 2022. Here on the West Coast of the U.S., heavy and persistent rains are doing what they can to fix years of drought through the southwest United States. The eastern seaboard is seeing plenty of rainy weather as well. As they say on the salt containers: When it rains, it pours.
That adage is rather true in the news of the industry this week. Therefore, my must-reads include a celebration of longevity in business, the launch of our next space telescope, and the sale of equipment for the printing of electronics. On a more circumspect note, we also bring you the IPC’s report on rising material and labor costs, and an article on cybersecurity.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
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