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48 The PCB Design Magazine • April 2017 RTW IPC APEX EXPO: Candor Industries' Unique Capabilities Through an Alternative PCB Manufacturing Process Sunny Patel, Technical Sales Manager with Can- dor Industries, tells Guest Editor Kelly Dack about their unique manufacturing method that not only improves PCB process turnaround time, but also yields much tighter design constraint quality. All About Flex: Considering a Flexible Heater? Custom flexible heaters are available in an infinite variety of sizes, shapes and materials. The most common flexible materials are polyimide and sili- cone rubber. While silicone rubber has tradition- ally been thought of as the higher temperature flexible heater option… EuroTech: Reporting on the Institute of Circuit Technology Spring Seminar There has long been debate over the exact loca- tion of the geographical centre of England, but the village of Meriden has traditionally laid claim to the title, and it offered an appropriate Midlands venue for the Institute of Circuit Technology 2017 Spring Seminar, which followed the Annual Gen- eral Meeting of the Institute. Imagineering Authors The Printed Circuit Buyer's Guide to... AS9100 Certification Imagineering, Inc. recently released their valu- able new resource, "The Printed Circuit Buyer's Guide to… AS9100 Certification." Authored by CEO Khurrum Dhanji, "The Printed Circuit Buyer's Guide to…AS9100 Certification" is the first book in an ongoing series of micro eBooks specifically dedicated to the education of the PCB design, fab- rication and assembly industry. Standard of Excellence: Staying Prepared with Operations Handling the operations of a PCB company these days is a challenge, to say the least. When I started in 1979, we were building single-sided, double- sided, four-layer multilayers, and the occasional six-layer if you really had your act together. We were using FR-4 materials sprinkled in with an oc- casional polyimide build. I-Connect007 Launches New Micro eBook Series on Design for Flex and Rigid-Flex I-Connect007 is excited to announce the release of a new book in our micro eBook series: The Printed Circuit Designer's Guide to…Flex and Rigid-Flex Fundamentals. This micro eBook provides both new and seasoned flex circuit designers with valu- able information that will help to assure first-pass success in getting products to market. Weiner's World—February 2017 IPC APEX EXPO 2017 was the best in five or more years. The 60th annual meeting drew a crowd. The meetings were good and the mood was upbeat. Reports from the show floor indicated new orders from Asia as well as the Americas, and news of in- creasing business. IPC membership was up in all its regions to more than 4,000. Eagle Electronics: Success through 'Building Everything' During a recent visit to Chicago, Editors Andy Shaughnessy and Patty Goldman stopped by Eagle Electronics just outside of Chicago. Chief Operat- ing Officer Brett McCoy gave them a tour of the facility, spoke about the company's plans for the future, and why Eagle is bucking the niche market trend and manufacturing a wide variety of PCBs. RTW IPC APEX EXPO: Lenthor Engineering Updates Rigid-Flex Capabilities Lenthor's CFO Oscar Akbar and EMS Manager Matt Kan share ideas with Guest Editor Kelly Dack on the growing flex market and Lenthor's strategy to grow with it. Vertical Conductive Structures–a New Dimension in High-Density Printed Circuit Interconnect From our previous conversations, I knew that Joan Tourné was working on a novel high-density inter- connection concept. Having eagerly awaited the chance to discuss the technology in detail, I was delighted when he contacted me to confirm that his IP had been secured and that he could now talk openly about VeCS, the Vertical Conductive Structure. PCB007 Highlights

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