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Royal Flex Circuits Receives AS9100:2016 (Rev D) and ISO 9001:2015 Certifications

Royal Flex Circuits, a leading manufacturer of flex and rigid-flex circuit boards, today announced it has received the AS9100:2016 (RevD) and ISO9001:2015 certifications. Both certifications were awarded after an extensive audit conducted by Performance Review Institute, the global authority in administering special process accreditation programs.

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Royal Flex Circuits Welcomes Richard Rodriguez to Its Team

Royal Flex Circuits, the leading provider of flex and rigid-flex circuit boards, today announced the appointment of Richard Rodriguez as Sales Representative. In this role, Rodriguez will use his extensive industry experience and a strong customer focus to help provide design engineers with the best possible experience when incorporating flex circuit boards into their electronic products.

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Evolution of the Flex Printed Circuit Board

The evolution of flex printed circuit boards is very interesting. The concept of PCBs started in the 1900s with construction of electrically conducting paths on insulated surfaces or boards. Manufacturers used these for developing equipment such as radios and gramophones. The through-hole technique came into existence around this time.

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Benefits of Using Flex Circuit Boards

A majority of our daily existence is intertwined with a wide range of electronic devices including cell phones, medical devices, wearables, computers, servers and many more, regardless of their sizes, shapes, and uses. While most devices are flexible, efficient, and lightweight, have also have another thing in common—each includes at least one flexible printed circuit board.

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Applications for Flex Printed Circuit Boards

Nearly all modern electronic products have benefited from flexible and rigid-flex circuitry technology. Today, electronic equipment typically uses flexible circuitry for applications that must process critical signals, need to perform flawlessly in extreme environments, enable national defense, manage heat and power distribution, reduce automobile accidents and more, and do so through increasingly miniaturized design.

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Using Flex in High-Speed Applications

The printed circuit board industry makes copper-clad circuits in four different classes, the traditional rigid circuits, flexible circuits, circuits meant for high speed and high frequency, and High Density Interconnect or HDI. Flex or flexible circuits are available in many variations. Traditional flex circuits are popular as they are primarily of low layer-count, are highly flexible, and used in static as well as dynamic motion applications. Static cases are usually applications of a one-time bend—assembly forms the circuit into a specific shape that does not need to flex again.

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Flex Circuits' Role in Wearable Electronics

Wearable technology is not exactly new. We have had sophisticated biofeedback devices, hearing aids, Bluetooth technology, insulin pumps, and other wearable products for decades. However, today we have them in much smaller, and they are faster, lighter, and less expensive. All this allows for easier expansions to more applications.

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Materials for Flex Circuit Boards

The dynamic nature of flex circuits allows the designer a multitude of options. Compared to discrete wiring or use of ribbon cables, flex circuits offer customized repeatable routing path within the assembly. While this gives the necessary dependability, the long life spans of flex circuits reduce service calls. Flex circuit boards come in different types.

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Flexible PCB with Stiffeners

Manufacturers add value by improving the reliability of flexible PCBs through use of stiffeners that support soldered components and connectors. Although not all rigid-flex and flex PCB need stiffeners on both sides, laminations on the top and bottom of the PCB are essential when components are to be assembled on both sides. Additionally, some designs may need epoxy strain relief if a bend is situated close to the rigid PCB section or the stiffener.

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Flex Circuits: The Ultimate Packaging Savior

As electronics continue to get smaller, flex circuits have become the true packaging savior, replacing many typical rigid board applications. Watch this webinar to explore recent trends in flex circuits, materials and design tips.