Leading the way for over 40 years
If you are specifically looking for flex PCBs for your high-density, ultra-compact or high-performance equipment or devices, you can count on Mer-Mar Electronics. We have over 4 decades of experience in fabricating and assembling the most high-quality flexible circuit boards. Not without reason; This is made possible on account of our state-of-the-art infrastructure as also our team that brings years of experience and passion to the each and every project. The fact that we are equipped with industry best practices means that you do not need to make costly mistakes or reinvent the wheel. Count on us for your rigid, flexible and rigid-flex PCB requirements.
A flex PCB utilizes a flexible based material, with or without a flexible circuit coverlay. On account of the material used and its structure, flex circuit boards, as their name suggests offer flexibility and render them fit for use in compact spaces.
State-of-the-art facility – Our superior equipment and experienced manpower translates into high quality PCBs. No matter how complex the design with blind/buried vias or how many layers you require, we have the necessary expertise to offer you quality products.
Stringent manufacturing Processes – Strict adherence to IPC guidelines and industry best practices ensure a high degree of reliability. In addition, our robust testing protocols do not leave room for errors.
Catering to all volume requirements – From prototype quantities to full production runs, we cater to all volume requirements. What this means is that you do not have to worry about scaling up operations at any point in time.
Quick turnaround time – Quick go-to-market is the source of one of the largest competitive advantages in a crowded marked. Our quick turnaround times ensure that you reap this advantage.
Should you face an issue with ripped or cut flexible material or heat damaged pads or damaged conductors, you can count on us for meticulous repair and rework. Our personnel have hands-on experience in flexible printed circuit boards repair and rework with a high degree of precision.
The detailed process of fabricating Flexible PCBs involve the following steps:
This step involves cutting the material as per different sizes, designs and layout specifications.
Depending on the exact design, this involves drilling different holes such as alignmnet holes, testing vias, component holes and more.
Post drilling the next step involves through-hole copper plating to establish connection between layers.
Dry film lamination
Pre-treated boards are passed through hot roller to laminate the dry film on it.
The designated circuit pattern image is transferred to the dry film to cretae an exposure area.
By casting UV light on the film, the dry film on the exposure area is hardened while the one on the non-exposure area can be removed.
This process involves initiating a chemical reaction on the non-exposure area and ensuring the protected area remains unchanged.
At this stage, the dry film covering the circuit pattern is removed.
AOI (Automated Optical Inspection)
A robust process, this checks the quality of the circuit boards.
An insulating layer called the coverlay is introduced to protect the circuit boards.
Next, the board is passed through a hot press to ensure adhesion.
The bonding area is coated with metal, often gold or nickel.
Silk screening is applied to print information such as logos.
Robust electrical and functional testing ensures efficacy of the circuit boards.
Reduced assembly time and costs
Not only do they require less manual labor, they also take away the high cost of routing, wrapping and soldering wires. The fact that they also lend themselves to reduced errors in PCB assembly, is an added perk.
Freedom of Design
As opposed to rigid boards that offer restrictions, flex boards offer endless design options. In fact, at Mermar Electronics we take great pride in designing highly complex boards that can stand the test of time in harsh environments.
Ease of Installation
Once again as opposed to rigid boards, flex PCBs lend themselves to ease of installation. With flex boards you do not have to contend with space or weight issues.
Ideal for high-density Applications
With miniaturization being the need of the hour, the demand for flex PCBs has increased as it frees a lot of space and can fit in easily.
Improved heat dissipation
With the compact design of PCBs, it allows a shorter thermal path and hence lends itself to improved heat dissipation.
With fewer interconnections, Flex PCBs offer improved reliability.
Flex PCBs are being extremely thin; they allow not only for streamlined designs but also reduced package size and weight.
At Mer-Mar Electronics, the following are our capabilities when it comes to Flexible Circuit Boards:
|Layers||Multilayers up to 20 layers|
|Minimum Annular Ring||4Mil|
|Copper Weight||0.5-2.0 Oz|
|Minimum Hole Diameter||8 Mil|
|Materials||PI, PET, PEN, FR-4, Polyimide (Kapton), Adhesiveless Copper Clad Base Material, High Performance Epoxy Laminate and Prepreg, and High-Performance Polyimide Laminate and Prepreg.|
|Stencils||Laser cut stainless steel and Nano-coating|
|Surface Treatments||Lead-free: ENG Gold; OSP, Immersion silver, Immersion Tin|
|Max / Min Board Size||0.2″ x 0.3″ Max: 20.5″x13″|
|Copper Thickness||1/3oz – 2oz|
|Max / Min Insulation Thickness||2mil/0.5mil (50um/12.7um)|
Flexible circuit boards find both static as well as dynamic application. While a static application involves designing circuits with a small amount of flex, a dynamic application involves the circuit being flexed repeatedly. Such applications are designed with RA Copper.
Some of the industries that Flexible Circuit Boards find extensive application in, include:
- Military and Defense
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If you have any queries regarding to our flexible PCBs or need an urgent assistance, then please don’t hesitate to contact our team of skilled personnel’s. Send us an email with your queries at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (760) 244-6149. We are looking forward to hearing from you.