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88 PCB007 MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2019 An Examination of Glass-fiber and Epoxy Interface Degradation in PCBs E Multilayer organic laminates, which make up over 90% of the interconnecting substrates in electronics (standard FR-4 represents 85% of the substrates used for laminates), can devel- op a loss of electrical insulation resistance be- tween two biased conductors due to conduc- tive filament formation. Tech-Etch Installs 2nd atg A5NEO Flying Probe Technology for High-speed PCB Electrical Test E Tech-Etch Inc., a supplier of precision engi- neered parts to the medical device, aerospace, and instrumentation industries, and photo-etch and rigid-flex circuits, has installed its second A5NEO Flying Probe tester from atg Luther & Maelzer GmbH. Aismalibar Underscores Commitment to Sustainability E Aismalibar, a manufacturer of high-end cop- per and metal clad laminates for the printed circuit board industry, has taken a step for- ward in terms of environmental sustainabil- ity by installing photovoltaic panels on the r oof of its Barcelona plant. The Big Picture: Globalization— What Happened? E Cheap products and services from places like China and India are good, but giving up the position of being the top dog doesn't sit well with most people—especially when you have leaders around the world reminiscing about the past and wanting to make XYZ great again or something similar. Rogers Addresses Heat Surges in Portable Devices with New HeatSORB Phase-change Materials E Rogers is expanding its line of HeatSORB pro- prietary phase change materials that address thermal management challenges inherent in today's high-end portable electronics. Nano Dimension Launches DragonFly LDM E Nano Dimension Ltd has introduced its new DragonFly Lights-Out Digital Manufacturing (LDM) printing technology, the industry's only comprehensive additive manufacturing plat- form for round-the-clock 3D printing of elec- tronic circuitry. Atotech Acquires J-KEM International E Atotech has acquired J-KEM International, based in Rosersberg, Sweden. J-KEM is a global supplier of high-quality chemical products and processes for the printed circuit board and gen - eral metal finishing industries. Ladle on Manufacturing: The Travelling Engineer, Installment 2 E In this second installment, Marc Ladle contin- ues to give a small insight into how the reality of working as a travelling engineer for a ma- chine supplier matches up to the job descrip- tion. Read on to find out about one of the most difficult trips he had undertaken. Bernd Flossbach Rejoins Ventec as Technical Sales Rep, Germany E As a key member of the German sales team, Bernd Flossbach takes on responsibility for selling and supporting all product lines to help the company further develop its presence in the region.

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