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PCB | September 16, 2011

Stevenage Circuits invests

Many of the latest upgrades to the manufacturing facility of UK-based PCB-manufacturer Stevenage Circuits centre around the installation of a new Class 7 clean-room which is already certificated and fully operational.
The clean room houses the specialist Laser Direct Imaging machines (LDI) that allow the company to precision match the board image to drilled hole or micro-via patterns. This process enables the PCB manufacturer to produce the very latest technology HDI boards whilst delivering increased productivity rates for high layer count HDI flex/rigid boards that require IPC 6010 Class 3 product release. In addition to the LDI technology, UV LED collimated light sources are used for the most demanding of solder-mask applications.

The recent clean room upgrades, together with the newly installed automation for the Paragon LDI machines, have enabled this area to easily cope with 50% greater capacity whilst increasing manufacturing efficiency and yields.
The new clean room area has enabled Stevenage Circuits to increase manufacturing output by some 20% and meet the stringent demands of the Medical Industry. Investment made for the latest automated lamination technology (the first in the UK) from Hakuto enables a unique processing capability, allowing the company to process ultra-thin flexible core materials as thin as 25um with features of 50µm or less.

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