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Manufacturer invests in specialist high voltage production

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AWS Electronics has added a high voltage production capability to its plant in Newcastle Under Lyme. The electronics manufacturing services company, which is investing £30k in the facility, now has a manufacturing space purely for work that requires up to 50kV; high currents of up to 180A can also be accommodated. The most likely customers for the high voltage facility are operating in the ...

The “Hateful Five” of PCB manufacturing


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Design done, PCB laid-out and components are sourced, but the biggest challenge is yet to come getting it manufactured. David Marrakchi describes the pitfalls to avoid You just completed your last design review, got that needed approval signature, and the finish line has never been closer, or so you think. Even after your components are sourced and your board is ...

Picosecond lasers target electronics production

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Coherent of Santa Clara has introduced a range of picosecond lasers for use in microelectronics, display and solar cell fabrication. HyperRapid NX product range includes 1064nm output models with pulse energies as high as 250μJ (10ps pulse typical at repetition rates up to 2MHz. “This enables high throughput processes, including enough power for the beam to be split in order to ...

Power chip start-up benefits from specialist ams foundry

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Austria-based mixed-signal IC foundry ams has confirmed, at the CDNLive event in Santa Clara/CA, that it is manufacturing Sarda’s advanced high-voltage CMOS drivers which are used in its Heterogeneous Integrated Power Stage (HIPS). US-based Sarda has developed the technology to address the rapidly escalating power consumption in data centres by offering fast and efficient voltage regulators. The driver is currently ...

3D printer makes PCBs

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DragonFly 2020 is a 3D printer that can print PCBs, including flexies, from Israel-based Nano Dimension. Due to be available later this year, the printer uses a combination of nano-particle conductive and dielectric inks and can print multi-layer PCBs. Most recently, it filed a patent on a way of printing conductors with printed shields to cut cross-talk between high-speed signals. “By ...

Why aerospace firms are using 3D printing

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One of the most talked about trends in 3D Printing is how major aerospace suppliers are using the manufacturing technology for production parts. Bastian Schaefer of Airbus will describe the design and manufacturing process of the world’s largest 3D printed airplane cabin component at 3D Printing Europe on 27th & 28th April in Berlin. Brian Rosenberger from Lockheed Martin will talk ...

Electrolube adds materials tech support in UK

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Production materials supplier Electrolube has set-up a technical support team based at its headquarters in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. The team is headed by Jade Bridges, Electrolube’s European Technical Support Specialist, who was formerly the company’s R&D manager. They will provide industry-specific and circuit protection chemistry expertise and will be the primary technical support to the supplier’s divisional account managers by addressing ...

CPI adds roll-to-roll process for printed electronics

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The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has recently installed a specialist roll to roll line for the printing, coating and patterning of a range organic and inorganic solution based coatings. The pilot production line is available on an open access basis and will aid the commercialisation of printable electronics applications including photovoltaics, OTFT and printed batteries amongst others. The new ...