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100 The PCB Magazine • August 2016 1 The Newest Flex Shop in the U.S. I-Connect007 sales team member An- gela Alexander and I recently got a tour of Lenthor's new Silicon Valley flex board shop and then sat down with President and CEO Mark Lencioni to discuss the new flex facility, the markets, manage- ment, and the future. 2 The 21st Century PCB Factory–Designed to Eliminate Offshore Cost Advantages More than 15 years have passed since North America and Europe ceased being the center of world- wide PCB fabrication and were supplanted by a Chinese market with low-cost labor, lax environmental re- quirements, and strong government support. 3 Happy's Essential Skills: Design for Manufacturing and Assembly, Part 1 and Happy's Essential Skills: Design for Manufacturing and Assembly, Part 2 Advances in interconnection technologies have occurred in response to the evolution of component packages, elec- tronic technology and increas- ing complex functions. There- fore, it comes as no surprise that various forms of printed wiring remains the most popular and cost effective method of inter- connections. 4 All About Flex: Imaging Methods for Etch Resist, Part 3: LDI When LDI technology was first introduced around 20 years ago, throughput was an issue. LDI was often restricted to low volume or prototype runs. Subsequent ad- vances in equipment as well as faster acting photoresist have made it practical for high volume circuit fabrication. TOP TEN Recent Highlights from PCB007

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