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news PCB007 Supplier/New Product News Highlights Camtek Moves Forward with GreenJet Development Ha'emek, Israel-based Camtek Ltd. recently reconfirmed to the media and its investors that it was in advanced stages of developing GreenJet, its digital 3D printing system for the deposition of soldermask designated for the PCB industry. Atotech Unveils New Through-Hole Fill System "This new equipment can completely fill throughholes, such as those laser drilled in panels up to 200 µm thick with a surface diameter of 100 µm. It is the only horizontal production system worldwide which can provide a consistent inclusion-free copper filling." Enthone Develops Supplier Quality Engineering Audit Enthone has introduced a comprehensive Supplier Quality Engineering (SQE) audit to enable the immediate identification of PCBs coated with the company's patented ENTEK organic solderability preservatives. The audit includes OSP verification, process line optimization, and consultation on other PCB final finish options based on application requirements. DuPont Expands Printed Electronics Product Line DuPont Microcircuit Materials (DuPont) is expanding its suite of low silver, conductive ink materials specifically tailored for membrane touch switch (MTS), radio-frequency identification (RFID), and wearable electronic applications. Atotech Innovates the Surface Finish Process To comply with new technical requirements, as well as cost and environmental regulations, the PCB industry is constantly searching for alternative manufacturing solutions. Atotech's solution is a new direct palladium surface finish process (PallaBond) with an optional gold layer. The process allows the direct deposition of palladium on copper, without using any nickel. 50 The PCB Magazine • January 2014 Technica to Assume NGS Product Line "The NGS product line is a great complement to the other products Technica distributes to the printed circuit board manufacturing industry, chemical milling, and other related markets," said Jerry Shirley, president of NGS, Inc. LPKF Raises 2013 Guidance LPKF remains on track for success, even though revenue growth has slowed somewhat in the year's third quarter, as expected. After rising by almost 40% in the first six months of the year, the nine-month revenue posted by the laser equipment manufacturer is up 21% over the prior-year period. PCB Solutions Offers Expanded Stocking Program The company is now offering a complete stocking program that enables customers to take advantage of volume pricing, but assists them with cash flow and inventory relief. Customers are allowed to stock their inventory at their own facility and pull releases based on purchase order requirements. National Technology Announces Equipment Investments President Bob Keisler says, "Our customers continue to drive us technologically, with more demanding and complex needs and requirements. The technological edge is not limited to product processes alone; our environmental policy assures that both of our facilities surpass all compliance regulations in effect, not only today, but in the future as well." Option Technologies Continues Growth in North America Managing Director Steve Law explains, "Option has been supplying this market since 2004 and has established a very loyal customer base over the years. We have now opened a sales office in the U.S. to help manage the increasing demand for drilled mass-lam, and have appointed Ray Breton to head the sales operation."

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