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MAY 2021 I PCB007 MAGAZINE 99 EIPC Technical Snapshot: Supply Chain and Material Price Pressures E EIPC's seventh Technical Snapshot webinar on April 14 was timely and appropriate. In the context of current supply chain issues and ma- terial price pressures facing the PCB industry, particularly in Europe, the EIPC team brought together an outstanding group of experts— each a leading authority in his field—to analyse and comment upon the areas of concern and to respond to questions raised by a capacity audi- ence. As Alun Morgan said, "If you don't use the European supply chain, you won't have it anymore!" ICAPE Group Boosts PCB Quotation Process with Ucamco's Integr8tor E Global PCB supplier ICAPE Group, headquar- tered in France, realized that its PCB quotation process represented a bottleneck for its future growth and business targets, and that this part of its service had to be automated, made more professional, and offer faster turnarounds. LPKF: Calculating the Savings Potential for Depaneling E With the Panel Layout Optimization Tool (PLOT), LPKF offers a tool for calculating the materials savings that can be achieved with la- ser cutting. APCT Increases Technology with Rigid Flex Optical Registration from DIS E APCT Inc has added Rigid Flex Optical Reg- istration™ (RFS), developed by DIS Inc of Is- landia, N.Y., to enhance their PCB registration capabilities. e RFS machine is built specifi- cally to process difficult flex, rigid and rigid- flex jobs. Using DIS, Inc proprietary Optical Registration™ technology in conjunction with SmartWeld, the RFS has the ability to align in- ner-layers and pre-preg without the use of ex- pensive pin-tooling. Agfa Announces Price Increase for PCB Phototooling Films E Agfa announces worldwide price increases on all IdeaLINE phototooling films used for the production of printed circuit boards and metal structuring applications. New Desmear Line from TSK Schill GmbH in Operation at Hofstetter PCB AG E TSK supplies its long-standing and highly val- ued customer with a new horizontal chemical wet process machine. Insulectro Promotes Industry Veteran Michelle Walsh to Vice President of Product Management E Insulectro, the largest distributor of materi- als for use in manufacture of printed circuit board and printed electronics, has promoted Michelle Walsh to Vice President of Product Management. VARIOPRINT Converts to Peters Solder Resist E In the course of a quality campaign, VARIO- PRINT AG relies on the ELPEPCB® Elpe- mer® AS 2467 solder resist system. e Swiss company will use this solder resist in the future for a large part of their printed circuit board types.

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