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18 The PCB Design Magazine • January 2016 by Dan Beaulieu D.B. MAnAgeMenT grouP When it comes to innovative fabricators, American Standard Circuits is always at the front of the pack. Naturally, when Editor Andy Shaughnessy asked me to talk to a fabricator about PCBs for the medical market, ASC was the one company that immediately came to mind. I spoke with CEO Anaya Vardya about fabricating medical PCBs, the medical electron - ics market, and the future of this fast-growing segment. Dan Beaulieu: Anaya, it's good talking to you again. Anaya Vardya: Thanks, Dan. It's great to catch up again. Beaulieu: please give us a little background on American standard circuits. Vardya: ASC has been in business for more than 27 years. Throughout, we have migrated from a simple double-sided shop to a company that builds a wide variety of products. Today, we build flex, rigid-flex, RF/microwave, metal- backed PCBs and IMPCBs. We are able to build prototypes, quick-turn, high-mix/low-volume and low-mix/high-volume products. We are continuously reinvesting in our business in terms of people and equipment. This year, we have invested over $1.5 million. We are also in- vesting in improving our quality systems. Beaulieu: When did you get involved with medical pcBs? Vardya: We first started building parts for medi- cal products in 2009. Often, these products start out as prototypes and take quite a few years to ramp up. We have built flex, rigid-flex, RF/mi- crowave and metal-backed product for the med- ical industry Beaulieu: Without getting into specific customers, what sort of medical products do you build pcBs for? What do your boards go into? Vardya: That's a good question, because we cover a very wide variety of applications includ- ing medical. For example, we build flex boards that are used in a digital inflation device for american standard circuits: leading the Way in Medical electronics feature interview

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