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36 PCB007 MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2023 Feature Interview by Barry Matties I-CONNECT007 In this interview, IPS President Mike Brask shares some insights about the company's lat- est automated ENIG line installed at SEL's new $100 million PCB facility in Moscow, Idaho. As Mike explains, this line features quite a few innovations not usually seen in North America. Mike, let's start with some details about the features of this fully enclosed ENIG line. Just how long is this line? Overall, this line is 81 feet long. Typically, ENIG lines haven't been this big in North America. One of the things we also had to do on this line was to elevate it two feet to facilitate the above-ground drain system SEL installed. Everything has gravity feeds into their pump stations to move solutions to their zero-dis- charge waste treatment area. One other feature to note is that each tank has a continuous level-control system to auto- mate the dosing of chemicals, which allows them to dial in their concentrations of water and chemistry. ey're totalizing water flow usages, productivity on all the rinses, and maintaining checks and balances on all the key tanks so that this line can run without constant operator intervention. We have installed individual double-jack- eted nickel tanks that allow for smaller batches of boards to work. With any of these hot pro- Innovations in Final Finishing

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