Queries to Ask When Choosing a Flex PCB Prototype Manufacturer

Most of today’s flex PCB manufacturing process begins with a prototype production. There are several advantages of building a working model of the flex circuit before attempting the mass production of these boards. Building a prototype not only helps to test the board’s function but also aids in improving it as per the requirement. Additionally, prototype creation helps in detecting errors at the earliest, and decide upon the final design and other specifications of the board. Since prototype creation plays such a decisive role, it must be executed by an experienced service provider. But, how to find an experienced service provider? Do not worry, you can evaluate the competencies of flex PCB prototype making by asking a few questions such as:

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flexible pcb

1.How long have you been providing Flex PCB prototypes to the customers: Although the question seems basic, it helps to evaluate the total experience of the manufacturer. A PCB manufacturer with several years of experience will be certainly equipped and professional enough to understand your prototype requirements than a startup.

2.How long will you take to complete the prototype making from the order accepted date? Although the turnaround time varies as per the capabilities of the manufacturer, the manufacturer must be able to create Flex PCB Prototypes in 24 to 48 hours or within a week’s team. More than the said time frame is not usually acceptable when it comes to prototype creation.

3.What are the quality standards you implement to get the prototype right and functional? Again, standard and certification compliance varies across the industry. Since there are several international standards formulated to ensure the boards quality, you must know the quality standards followed by the chosen manufacturer.

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flexible circuits

4.Do you own a well-equipped manufacturing facility to proceed with the approved prototypes for mass production? There are some PCB production manufacturers that are specifically functioning to meet the prototype demands of the customers, and not in mass production. Lack of cutting-edge production facilities, advanced equipment, and man power are amongst a few reasons why such production houses limit their service to only prototyping. Hence, you must ensure the extent of their service.

5.What methods do you use to assure quality? It is inevitable to have the same level of quality checks throughout every stage of the flex PCB prototypes production. Hence, while choosing a PCB production manufacturer, it is extremely significant to ensure that they are performing the inspection stringently utilizing the best of techniques such as visual inspection, X-ray inspection, and Automated Optical Inspection.

Flex PCB prototypes can be extremely helpful as they help both the manufacturers and customers to check the board against various parameters before the mass production. Best Technology, your best supplier of flex PCB prototyping services with consistent good quality. Contact us to get a free quote today.

Introduction to A Flexible Circuit Coverlay

During the flexible printed circuit board manufacturing process, a flex circuit coverlay (aka coverfilm) is used to encapsulate and protect the external circuitry of a flexible circuit board.
flexible circuit coverlay serves the exact same function as solder mask that is used on a rigid printed circuit board. The difference with a flex coverlay is the needed element of flexibility and durability it provides to the flex PCB design.
The coverlay consists of a solid sheet of polyimide with a layer of flexible adhesive that is then laminated under heat and pressurized to the circuit surfaces. The required component feature openings are mechanically created using drilling, routing, or laser cutting.
Typical coverlay thickness is 0.001″ polyimide with 0.001″ of adhesive. Thicknesses of 0.0005″ & 0.002″ are available, but only used as needed to meet specific design requirements.
For more information visit our website to learn more about our flex & rigid-flex PCB manufacturing process!

The Future of Flexible Circuits

As predicted by Best Technology Co.,Ltd., the market for flexible circuits is going to continue to expand steadily in the future, just as it has been doing for the past three decades. The reasons for this are not hard to find, as, on one hand, flexible circuits continue to support the existing technology so important to different industries, while on the other hand, advanced flexible circuits are able to comfortably meet the futuristic demands being made by up-coming industries, including the military, avionics, aerospace, telecommunication, consumer electronics, medical, and automotive.

One of the latest applications that flexible circuits have independently triggered as an explosion is the wearable electronics market. Wearing electronics on the body essentially calls for comfort, and flexible circuits guarantee this. Some examples of wearable electronic applications prevalent on the market are wrist-worn activity and body function monitors, foot-worn sensors, wearable baby monitors, medical sensors, pet monitors, and electronics on worn clothing. By bending and forming flexible circuits to suit the curve of the human body, the applications provide comfort for long wear and use.

Since establishment on June 28, 2006, Best Technology has been dedicated to being your best partner of flexible circuits solutions for our customers. We prefer to lose quantity rather than lose quality and with adhering to the company culture for so many years, more and more customers have been attracted by us. We are so grateful for what we have obtained so far and we will insist on providing the most satisfactory products and services for our customers. Welcome to Best Technology.

When You Want Your Flex Circuit Boards on Time

If you have a new product launch on the books, and it’s going to be a big project. Your PR department is already spinning the press release, and your marketing department has been laying the groundwork for months. Suddenly, your flex circuit board vendor says that they’re running two weeks behind. That’s not a problem, is it?

As a business owner, you can’t afford to miss a product launch deadline or to run out of inventory when your customers are eager for your products. That means every single step in your supply chain must be reliable. If one vendor falls behind, the entire system grounds to a halt, meaning costly delays or mad scrambling, which is unacceptable.

Then,when you are seeking for vendors, consistency is the key. At Best Technology, we understand how important it is to meet your deadline. We are experts in manufacturing flexible circuit boards and rigid flex circuits based on the highest quality standards and we have accumulated much experiences since our establishment on June 28, 2006. We also own an excellent shipping department capable of getting your order to you on time wherever you are. You can rest assured we will not fall behind and cause delays!

If you are looking for a new flex circuit vendor or are unsatisfied with your current vendor, contact us today. We will give you a surprise.

Imaging Process for Flexible Circuits

One of the first steps in manufacturing a flexible circuit is to build a circuitry pattern. In order to define the circuit pattern correctly, one needs to understand the basic process for building a circuit. Processes tend to fall in one of the following two categories:

1. Subtractive

The substrate begins with copper bonded to the dielectric, the unnecessary metal is removed; the remaining metal defines the circuit traces. The basic process steps for a subtractive process are:

Create resist pattern

Etch away exposed metal

Remove resist

Continue to process

Many possible methods are adopted for the creating the resist pattern, the following are two of the more common ones.

I. Screen Print

Screen print resist pattern

Cure resist

Etch

Remove resist

II. Photo Image

Apply resist coating

Photo expose image onto resist

Develop away unexposed resist

Etch

Remove resist

Screen printing stands for a tool made by forming a negative of the desired pattern on a woven screen mesh. The resist material is pushed through the open mesh and forms the circuit pattern on the substrate. The initial state of the resist material is normally a paste or semi-liquid. After the material is applied to the substrate, the resist needs to be cured. The cured resist protects the covered copper areas during the etching process.

In regards to photo imaging, a photo tool is created that is the negative of the desired pattern. The photo tool is placed over the resist coated substrate and flooded with a UV light. The photo tool allows the light to cure the resist where the pattern is to be created and blocks the light everywhere else. The UV light causes a chemical reaction in the resist and transforms it to have the chemical and physical properties to withstand the etching process. The developing solution strips away all the “un-cured resist” exposing the bare copper to be etched away.

2.Additive

The substrate begins with just the bare dielectric (possibly with a seed coating), the metal is added to the surface to directly form the circuit pattern. The basic process steps are:

Apply conductive material

Cure conductive material

Continue to process

The additive material is usually a paste and is often applied by screen printing. The applied paste is then cured to reach its optimal properties. Materials that have outstanding conductive properties tend to require very high temperatures to cure. The dielectric substrate for flexible materials is a limiting element for the temperature level and tends to restrict the types of additive materials that are used to create a circuit pattern. Generally speaking, the electrical, physical and chemical properties of this type of circuit are significantly lower than the properties achieved via the subtractive process.

Merry Christmas


Christmas Day is a holiday observed generally on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. It’s a national holiday in western countries resemble the Chinese New Year. But now, it has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.

Christmas means a joyful time of year. It brings friends and family together. Everyone smells joy in the air and everyone is celebrating Jesus’ birthday. It’s a matter of opening gifts, you can get a lot of presents from “Santa Claus”.

Christmas Day is the time spending with your family, seeing all the beautiful lights, decorating the tree, eating all the food you can eat, send gifts to each other. How Happy!

The Christmas atmosphere in China is getting more and more strong these years. Many family and supermarkets also have a decorated Christmas tree. People sent gifts and cards to show their blessings . All Peole are doing expect for the new year .

Christmas to me means when you think of people that love you and the people who are loved by you, not just all the presents and the decorations. It’s all about giving and recieving and spending time with your loved ones.

With the Christmas Day approaching, Best Technology take this opportunity to celebrate a fruitful results in 2010 and wish good luck and success in 2011 .

Warm greetings and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year!
Wishing everybody peace, joy and happiness through Christmas and the coming year.