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PCBMay is a one-stop-shop for all your flex PCB assembly needs. We provide superior process control. Our flex PCB assembly can deliver exceptional quality and performance in a wide variety of industrial applications.

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Why PCBMay is Expert in Flex PCB Assembly Manufacturing

PCBMay has over a decade of experience manufacturing a variety of flexible PCB assemblies. As a reputable manufacturer, we can provide a reliable service for your flex PCB assembly. Our in-house manufacturing capabilities and cutting-edge technology ensure that PCBMay can provide you with a cost-effective flex PCB assembly that meets your specifications. Contact us for more information about flex PCB assembly.

Types of Flex PCB Assembly Meet Your Needs

Professional Flex PCB Assembly

Our Professional Flex PCB Assembly features a 0.2mm to 0.5mm board thickness. It is also a polyimide base material that is communications application.

Rigid-Flex PCB Assembly

Rigid-Flex PCB Assembly a flex board that has 1 to 8 layers. It is a laser-cut outline profile that features an ENIG surface finishing.

Mainboard Headset Flex PCB Assembly

PCBMay Mainboard Headset Flex PCB Assembly features a green LPI, single layer, double-sided, etc. This PCB can customize up to 1 to 58 layers.

Custom Flex PCB Assembly

PCBMay Custom Flex PCB Assembly has a black, green, and white silkscreen color. It has an opposite side and a multilayer film surface.

Circuit Board Flex PCB Assembly

This Circuit Board Flex PCB Assembly features an FR4, rogers, aluminum, and halogen-free base material. It has a 0.3oz to 12oz copper thickness.

LED Flex PCB Assembly

Our LED Flex PCB Assembly features different solder mask colors such as green, black, yellow, white, etc. It is an aluminum base, PI, or FR-4 base material.

Why Choose PCBMay for Your Flex PCB Assembly

PCBMay has enough Flex PCB assembly equipment to produce the advanced technological aspects of these components. We possess the necessary intelligence to create a stable and durable flex PCB assembly that is ideal for your projects, as well as any replacement or repair of your boards.

PCB May is a flex PCB assembly manufacturer specializing in custom work for you. Our factory offers a wide range of options and applications for this flex PCB assembly. Send your suggestions and inquiries to me, indicating the type of flex PCB assembly you require.

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Related Flex PCB Assembly

Yellow Beauty Flex PCB Assembly
Yellow Beauty Flex PCB Assembly
It is a custom-made panel board size up to 240 to 650mm. This PCB is a polyimide base material that great for beauty devices application.
Cable Flex PCB Assembly
Cable Flex PCB Assembly
This Cable Flex PCB Assembly is an LCD led strip flexible PCB type. It is perfect for electronic products application that is polyimide base material.
Prototype Rigid-Flex PCB Assembly
Prototype Rigid-Flex PCB Assembly
PCBMay Prototype Rigid-Flex PCB Assembly has a HASL surface finishing that is PE and PI base material. It is a flexible PCB model.
Flat Cable Flex PCB Assembly
Flat Cable Flex PCB Assembly
It features an 0.1mm(4mil)for HDI / 0.15mm(6mil) minimum hole size and 0.075mm(3mil) minimum line spacing. We can custom your PCB board size.
Automobile Flex PCB Assembly
Automobile Flex PCB Assembly
Our Automobile Flex PCB Assembly is a PI and FR4 base material that has 12 layers. It features a 1/3oz to 14 oz copper thickness and FPC type.
Flat Flex PCB Assembly
Flat Flex PCB Assembly
This Flat Flex PCB Assembly is a flat flexible FPC cable type. It features a 0.075mm to 0.80mm board thickness and 12um to 35um copper thickness.
Double Layer Flex PCB Assembly
Double Layer Flex PCB Assembly
PCBMay Double Layer Flex PCB Assembly is an FPC type made of PI+ FR4 stiffener base material. It is white legend color that is great for test equipment application.
Rigi Cable Flex PCB Assembly
Rigi Cable Flex PCB Assembly
Our Rigi Cable Flex PCB Assembly is a multilayer film surface that is great in consumer electronics applications. It features a profiling punching at PI FR-4 base material.

Flex PCB Assembly Production Details As Following Up

Lamination
Brown Oxide
Etching
PTH Line
VCP Plating   AOI  Exposure E-Test
ItemCapability
Layer Count1-40layers
Base MaterialKBShengyiShengyiSF305FR408FR408HRIS410FR406GETEK370HRIT180ARogers4350BRogers4000PTFE Laminates(Rogers seriesTaconic seriesArlon seriesNelco series)Rogers/Taconic/Arlon/Nelco laminate with FR-4 material(including partial Ro4350B hybrid laminating with FR-4)
Board TypeBackplane、HDI、High multi-layer 、blind&buried PCB、Embedded Capacitance、Embedded resistance board 、Heavy copper power PCB、Backdrill.
Board Thickness0.2-5.0mm
Copper ThicknessMin. 1/2 OZ, Max. 10 OZ
PTH Wall25um(1mil)
Maximum Board Size1100*500mm(43”*19”)
Min laser drilling size4mil
Min. Spacing/Tracing2.7mil/2.7mil
Solder MaskGreen, Black, Blue, Red, White, Yellow,Purple matte/glossy
Surface TreatmentFlash gold(electroplated gold)ENIGHard goldFlash goldHASL Lead freeOSPENEPIGSoft goldImmersion silverImmersion TinENIG+OSP,ENIG+Gold finger,Flash gold(electroplated gold)+Gold finger,Immersion silver+Gold finger,Immersion Tin+Gold finger.
Min. Annular Ring3mil
Aspect ratio10:1(HASL Lead freeHASL LeadENIGImmersion TinImmersion silverENEPIG);8:1(OSP)
Impedance control±5ohm(<50ohm), ±10%(≥50ohm)
Other TechniquesBlind/Buried Via
Gold Fingers
Press Fit
Via in Pad
Electrical Test

Here there’re many laminate material datasheets, they’re useful and helpful for you, please see them:

SUPPLIERPCB LAMINATETYPEMATERIAL DATASHEETTGTDDK(1MHZ)DK(1GHZ)DK(10GHZ)
KBKB-6160FR4DOWNLOAD1353054.35
KB-6160AFR4DOWNLOAD1353054.35
KB-6160CFR4DOWNLOAD1353144.7
KB-6150
KB-6150C
FR4DOWNLOAD1323054.6
KB-6164FR4DOWNLOAD1423304.8
KB-6164FFR4DOWNLOAD1453404.8
KB-6165FFR4DOWNLOAD1503464.8
KB-6167FFR4DOWNLOAD1703494.8
SHENGYIS1141FR4DOWNLOAD1353104.6
S1141KFFR4DOWNLOAD1403504.7
S1000FR4DOWNLOAD1553354.9
S1170FR4DOWNLOAD1703354.6
S1000-2FR4DOWNLOAD1703354.8
S1155FR4DOWNLOAD1353704.7
ITEQIT-158FR4DOWNLOAD1503404.6-4.8
IT-180FR4DOWNLOAD1803504.5-4.7
TUCTU-768FR4DOWNLOAD1803504.3-4.44.3
TU-872Modified EpoxyDOWNLOAD2003403.8-4.03.8
ROGERSRO 3003Cer/PTFEDOWNLOAD5003
RO 3010Cer/PTFEDOWNLOAD50010.2
RO 4003Hydrocarbon/CerDOWNLOAD>2804253.38
RO 4350BHydrocarbon/CerDOWNLOAD>2803903.48
RT/duroid 5880PTFE/GlassDOWNLOAD5002.2
ISOLAPolyclad 370HRFR4DOWNLOAD1703404.8-5.1
FR406-HRFR4DOWNLOAD1903253.913.863.81
FR408-HRFR4DOWNLOAD2003603.723.693.65
P96PolyimideDOWNLOAD2604163.783.73
HitachiMCL-BE- 67GModified EpoxyDOWNLOAD1403404.94.4
MCL-E-679FFR4DOWNLOAD1703504.2-4.44.3-4.5
MCL-LX-67YSpecial LaminateDOWNLOAD185-195325-3453.4-3.6
NelcoN4000-13Modified EpoxyDOWNLOAD210-2403653.73.6
N4000-13EPModified EpoxyDOWNLOAD210-2403503.43.2
N4000-13SIModified EpoxyDOWNLOAD210-2403503.43.2
N4000-13EP SIModified EpoxyDOWNLOAD210-2403503.43.2
TaconicTLX-6PTFEDOWNLOAD2.65
TLX-7PTFEDOWNLOAD2.6
TLX-8PTFEDOWNLOAD2.55
TLX-9PTFEDOWNLOAD2.45
RF35PTFEDOWNLOAD<3153.53.5
TLC-27PTFEDOWNLOAD2.75
TLC-30PTFEDOWNLOAD3
TLC-32PTFEDOWNLOAD3.2
ArlonArlon 25NCerDOWNLOAD2603.38
Arlon 25FRCerDOWNLOAD2603.58
Arlon 33NPolymideDOWNLOAD>2503534
Arlon 35NPolymideDOWNLOAD>2503634.2
Arlon 85NPolymideDOWNLOAD2503874.2
StablcorST325DOWNLOADThermal conductivity:75w/m.k(with 1oz copper)
ST10DOWNLOADThermal conductivity:325w/m.k(with 1oz copper)
PanasonicR-1566WFR4DOWNLOAD1403304.954.74.65
VentecVT-901PolymideDOWNLOAD2503904.2-4.54.0-4.3
VT-90HPolymideDOWNLOAD2503904.2-4.54.0-4.3
Bergquistht-04503DOWNLOADThermal conductivity:2.2w/m.k(with 1oz copper)

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1. DHL

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DHL partners with PCBMay and offers very competitive rates to customers of PCBMay.
It normally takes 3-7 business days for the package to be delivered around the world.

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UPS gets the facts and figures about the world’s largest package delivery company and one of the leading global providers of specialized transportation and logistics services.
It normally takes 3-7 business days to deliver a package to most of the addresses in the world.

UPS Forwarder

3. TNT

TNT has 56,000 employees in 61 countries.
It takes 4-9 business days to deliver the packages to the hands
of our customers.

TNT Forwarder

4. FedEx

FedEx offers delivery solutions for customers around the world.
It takes 4-7 business days to deliver the packages to the hands
of our customers.

Fedex Forwarder

5. Air, Sea/Air, and Sea

If your order is of large volume with PCBMay, you can also choose
to ship via air, sea/air combined, and sea when necessary.
Please contact your sales representative for shipping solutions.

Note: if you need others, please contact your sales representative for shipping solutions.

On our website you can use the following payment methods:

Telegraphic Transfer(TT): A telegraphic transfer (TT) is an electronic method of transferring funds utilized primarily for overseas wire transactions. It’s very convenient to transfer.

Bank/Wire transfer: To pay by wire transfer using your bank account, you need to visit your nearest bank branch with the wire transfer information. Your payment will be completed 3-5 business days after you have finished the money transfer.

Paypal: Pay easily, fast and secure with PayPal. many other credit and debit cards via PayPal.

Credit Card: You can pay with credit card: Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro.

    PCBMay- The Ultimate Supplier of Flex PCB Assembly

    We are a professional PCB assembly company since 2008. PCBMay is your primary source for flex PCB assembly. We distribute not only in China but also in all of the world’s major markets.

    The PCBMay Flex PCB assembly is referring to as flexible circuit boards or FCBs. Flex boards will use as connectors or fully assembled circuits. And yes, it can withstand soldering heat; additionally, it can withstand much higher temperatures than rigid ones, depending on the type of film material used. But don’t worry PCBMay is here to help you.

    PCBMay manufacture high-quality flex PCB assembly. Ensure you the best quality because we have the skilled engineers and technical team working with us for 20 years now. We guarantee you we can give you the best flex PCB assembly and other related products.

    We deliver PCBMay flex PCB assembly worldwide. We receive a lot of positive feedback from our clients, both new and old, and they are always amazed by our craftsmanship; we have the best design team to ensure that you receive an excellent product.

    As a leading flex PCB assembly company, we adhere to the ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2015 production process, REACH, and UL qualified. It’s no surprise that PCBMay is the best flex PCB assembly company you could ever trust.

    You can order your customized flex PCB assembly for the lowest possible price. You are welcome to send us suggestions and inquiries about the Flex PCB assembly standard. We will respond immediately to your needs and ensure that your package is safely secured.

    Choose PCBMay as your primary flex PCB assembly supplier for your business. We guarantee superior quality at an affordable price.

    Enquire now for your next Flex PCB assembly!

    Flex PCB Assembly

    Flex PCB Assembly – The Ultimate FAQ Guide

    A flexible PCB assembly is something you’re interested in upgrading?

    Are you planning to install rigid and flexible parts on the PCBs?

    Well, we’ve got all your questions answered!

    In the following guide, we have gathered some reasoning questions to solve all your queries.

    Let’s get right to it:

    What Is A Flex PCB Assembly?

    A flex PCB assembly is the most common type of printed circuit board assembly made rigid along with the flex materials on the other side.

    It is known as the most patterned arrangement of the circuit boards and components made up of flexible made materials.

    The flexible materials used in the construction of the flex PCB assembly are available with or without flexible coverlay.

    You can fabricate all the flexible electronic assemblies with the help of components that are made up of rigid printed circuits.

    All types of flexible circuit boards can conform to the desired shape during their application in different electric appliances.

    The cost of flex PCB assembly is slightly higher than the rigid PCB circuits because of the complexity of extensive materials and processes involved in its manufacturing process.

    However, the manufacturing steps of flexible circuits of PCB are the same as that of rigid PCB board circuits.

    The flexible circuits of PCB use stiffeners to make them slightly rigid, enabling them to work as a stable component in electrical devices.

    Flex PCB Assembly

    Flex PCB Assembly

    How Are Flex PCB Assembly Made?

    The manufacturing process of flex PCB assembly are listed as under:

    • Introduction to Material Handling

    The first step in manufacturing flexible PCB circuits is material handling since it determines the high production part yield rate and finishing of the manufactured circuits.

    Handling of the flexible PCB circuits involves the production of scrap material and coping up with reliability issues.

    All thin materials are equipped with a particular type of instrument to transport without damaging them.

    • Pad Plating

    The second step in the manufacturing of flexible PCB circuits is evaluating how and where copper must be plated on the parts of the circuits. Thus, the Pad Plating method is used in this step.

    The pad plating method corresponds to the placement of copper in the holes and similar circular areas surrounding the circuits’ parts. No additional copper is placed in this step.

    It is the most crucial step because any plated copper on the flex circuit can decline the flexibility of the circuit.

    • Polyimide Coverlay Manufacturing

    Cover lays the solid sheets of Polyimide, which are available with adhesive backing. These coverings are used to expose the SMT or PTH pads in the circuits.

    Thus, the CNC knife cutting method is used to manufacture the polyimide coverlay. After the manufacturing of Polyimide, they are positioned and laminated with the help of heat and pressure.

    Many other manufacturing rules are also included in this step, such as the feature size, shape of the board, and configuration.

    • Determination of Material Dimensional Tolerances

    All types of flexible PCB circuits are thinner than rigid boards and are available with no reinforcement. The thin layer of the flexible PCB circuits results in the dimensional stability of the materials.

    Thus, stable materials are needed for tooling or registration systems. In this step, all flexible materials will shrink when exposed to moisture or heat.

    Experts suggest using the smaller production of the panel sizes compared to the dimensions involved in mitigating material stability in rigid PCB boards.

    • Laser Profile Cutting

    It is a crucial method involved in cutting the polyimide materials with a laser. The primary reason for adopting this step is to ensure the accuracy of the complex profile.

    Besides laser technology, the routing method is also used to limit the profiles’ complexity, resulting in the ragged part’s edge.

    However, the laser cutting method will leave a small amount of carbon residue on the circuit parts, but the IPC standards deem these carbon residues.

    • Plasma Desmear

    The complex designs of flexible PCBs need an impressive desmear process and etch-back steps to ensure the reliability of the plated holes and inner layer interconnects.

    Etch back process is mainly used on rigid and flexible boards. This process causes inconsistent results in the finished parts of the PCB board circuits.

    After plasma desmear, plasma etch back is used to prefer the production of high-quality PCB circuit boards.

    Manufacturing of Flex PCB Assembly

    Manufacturing of Flex PCB Assembly

    What Are Flex PCB Assembly Used In?

    The flex PCB assembly is used in the following devices:

    • They are used in industrial equipment to operate the stressful conditions
    • These PCB circuits are used to improve the flexibility of the machinery design
    • They are used in the radio frequency communication technology
    • FlexPCB assemblies are used in the power distribution control circuits
    • They are used in the aerospace devices
    • The consumer electronics work with the flexible circuits of PCBs
    • Medical devices contain flexible PCB assembly
    • All industrial devices and tools include flexible models of PCB circuits.

    Uses of Flexible PCBs

    Uses of Flexible PCBs

    How Do I Order a Flex PCB Assembly?

    You can order the Flex PCB assembly by following the given steps:

    • Choose the Right Manufacturer

    The first step in ordering the flex PCB assembly is choosing the most reliable and efficient manufacturer to meet your standards.

    Once you figure out everything about the manufacturer, make sure to contact them through their website.

    • Pick the Best Option

    The manufacturer will have the options for both flexible and rigid models of PCB. Thus, try to enter the price parameters for your needs.

    Add the flexible mode of PCB to your cart at PCBMay and complete the audit to generate the order.

    • Communicate the Support Team

    Before finalizing the order, try to communicate with the manufacturer’s support team to get a brief insight into the specifications of flex PCB assembly.

    You can contact the support team through the provided email or phone number.

    • Confirm the Production

    The complex manufacturing process of flex PCB assembly requires longer durations for the manufacturer to produce them.

    Thus, ask the manufacturer about the exact time duration of the generation of flexible circuits of PCBs.

    • Get an Instant Quote

    Once you have finalized everything about the flex PCB assembly, it’s time to get an instant quote. Fill in all parameters that you need to evaluate the price and shipping fee of the model.

    After selecting the quote, make sure to choose the proper audit to complete the payment order.

    Order a Flex PCB

    Order a Flex PCB

    How Thick Is A Flex PCB?

    A flex PCB has a thickness ranging from 0.05mm to 0.8mm.

    However, different layers present in the flex section of PCB have different thickness levels.

    The lower thickness of the flexible models of PCBs as compared to the rigid PCBs has enabled them to be used in many essential appliances.

    This lower thickness level also improves the working efficiency of the flexible circuit boards of PCBs.

    There are also multilayer flexible circuit boards of PCB which have more thickness than the estimated value.

    Thickness of Flexible PCB

    Thickness of Flexible PCB

    What Is Material Used In Flex PCB Assembly?

    The following materials are used in the Flex PCB assembly are listed as under:

    • Ordinary Film Substrate

    The most basic material used in constructing the flexible models of PCBs is the common film substrate because it provides the best conductor carrier capacity to the circuit board.

    It also acts as an insulator between the circuits. Besides insulation, it also makes it easy for the manufacturers to bend or curl the PCB.

    • Polyimide Substrate

    Another substrate film present in the flexible models of PCBs is the polyimide substrate. It remains flexible even after thermosetting. Thus it increases the flexibility of the circuit.

    However, the PI film is not efficiently resistant to humidity and tears, but now the upgraded PI film helps in its mitigation.

    • Adhesive Base

    In addition to all these materials, the flexible models of PCBs require an adhesive or a particular type of base that attaches its different layers.

    The manufacturers have now issued an adhesiveness PI that connects copper without any adhesive material to cope with this need.

    Material Used In Flex PCB

    Material Used In Flex PCB

    What Is The Structure Of Flex PCB Assembly?

    The structure of the flex PCB Assembly consists of the following materials.

    • Insulating Substrate Material

    This material is used with the flexible insulating film between the two layers of the flexible circuit board of PCB. Insulating substrate material acts as the primary carrier with all its mechanical and electrical performance.

    • Adhesive

    Many substrate materials are used as the primary adhesive to attach copper layers to the circuit. The use of adhesive eliminates the need for other adhesive materials.

    • Metal Conductor Layer (Copper Foil)

    A thin copper foil is integrated between the different layers of flexible circuit boards of PCB. The copper foil acts as the substantial conductor layer between the parts of the PCB.

    • Cover Layer

    The cover layer in the flexible models of PCB is made up of the highest quality of Polyimide integrated with the layers of flexible adhesive. This cover layer plays the role of the solder mask.

    In addition to the structural parts of the flexible circuit board of PCB, there are the following types of PCB flexible models.

    This type of flexible circuit of PCB has a simple structure and can easily be fabricated.

    It compromises a complex structure and offers many control difficulties.

    This type of flexible circuit board in PCB has a complex structure compared to single and double-layered PCBs.

    Some other types of PCBs based on the structural differences are:

    • Single-side rigid-flex PCB
    • Double-side rigid-flex PCB
    • Multi-layer rigid-flex PCB

    Structure Of Flex PCB

    Structure Of Flex PCB

    What Is The Flex PCB Assembly Process?

    The Flex PCB Assembly process is divided into two types:

    In this flex PCB assembly process, all parts of the flexible model of PCB are mounted directly on the surface of the flex or rigid-flex circuits,

    This method is now known as the best alternative to the assembly processes of flexible circuit boards of PCB.

    Compared to the surface mount technology (SMT) assembly, the through-hole assembly corresponds with the connection of components by soldering wire leads.

    The wire leads are embedded into the holes of the circuit board. This method is generally performed manually.

    Some other potential flex PCB assembly methods include:

    • Flip Chip Assembly Method
    • Ultrasonic Welding
    • Wire Harness
    • In-circuit Testing
    • X-Ray Inspection
    • Pressure Sensitive Adhesives (PSAs)

    Regardless of all the above-mentioned assembly processes for flexible circuit boards of PCB, the general steps of assembly are listed as under:

    Assembling Process Of Flex PCB

    Assembling Process Of Flex PCB

     

    What Are The Properties Of Flexible PCB Assembly?

    The properties of flexible PCB assembly are listed as under:

    • Deformation from Flexible PCB to Rigid PCB

    The flexible circuit boards of PCB are directly assembled on the SMT manufacturing line. Thus, to ensure the correct flex PCB Assembly, make sure about the flatness and accuracy of the bard carrier.

    In addition to this, the positioning and consistency of the board carrier improve the quality of the PCB circuits.

    • A large Number of Panels

    They are mainly used to miniaturize electronic products, including all cell phones and digital cameras.

    Moreover, it works with a low number of components in a single circuit board. It improves the assembly and efficiency of the panels.

    • Low Density

    The low density of the flexible circuits of PCB is supported by the availability of a low number of components on the board.

    There are only two types of connectors that work with not more than 50 components.

    • High Product Quality

    The repetitive bending and control accuracy of PCB circuit boards meet the demands of their applications in the environment.

    The high-quality cleanliness and anti-static precautions, and soldering reliability is ensured in the flexible models of the PCB as compared to the rigid PCBs.

    • High Assembly Cost

    The cost of the flex PCB assembly is a bit higher than the rigid types of PCBs because of a wide range of fixture applications.

    In addition to the application fixtures, the more extended manufacturing and low equipment utilization rates are responsible for high assembly costs.

    Properties Of Flexible PCB Assembly

    Properties Of Flexible PCB Assembly

    What Are The Different Types Of PCB Assembly?

    The different types of PCB assembly are listed as under:

    • Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Assembly

    This assembly process corresponds with the direct mounting of the components on the surface of the rigid-flex circuit.

    • Through-Hole Assembly

    This assembly process is related to the use of soldering wire leads into the holes of the circuit board. It is the manual process for assembling flexible circuit boards of PCB.

    • Flip Chip Assembly

    In this assembly method, the components are directly bonded to the substrate of the flexible circuit board of PCB.

    • Ultrasonic Welding

    The ultrasonic welding works by producing a weld by the local application of high-frequency vibratory energy.

    • Wire Harness

    It uses the cable harness or wiring assembly for producing the systematic and integrated arrangement of cables within the circuit.

    • In-Circuit Testing

    This testing method is used to carry out electrical probe tests of the populated printed circuit board for eliminating the causes of short circuits.

    • X-Ray Inspection

    This inspection method is used to identify the corrosion under insulation by using the non-destructive inspection method of radiography.

    • Pressure Sensitive Adhesives (PSAs)

    These adhesives temporarily arrange the PCB components by holding them in the gaskets in the right position.

    Different Types Of PCB Assembly

    Different Types Of PCB Assembly

    Why Is Flex PCB Assembly More Costly Than Rigid One?

    Flex PCB circuit boards are more costly than rigid ones because of their wide range of applications of fixtures.

    The longer manufacturing process and hefty assembling of the flexible circuit models of PCB are some of the substantial factors that impact the higher cost of the flexible circuits of PCB as compared to the rigid models.

    Another factor responsible for the higher manufacturing costs of flexible PCB circuits is the increased demands of accessories and staff.

    The manual production and assembly of the PCBs need higher costs for the flexible models.

    You can explore the options available at PCBMay to get the premium quality of flexible PCB models.

    They make sure to stand rightly on all manufacturing standards to construct flexible PCBs.

    What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Flex PCBs?

    The advantages and disadvantages of a flexible type of PCB are given as under:

    Advantages of Flexible PCB

    • They can be bent or shaped according to the type of device
    • They can be twisted in a wide range of configurations like the rigid types of PCBs
    • It is also possible to make the stacked configurations of a flexible kind of PCB
    • The installation process of flex PCB is pretty easy
    • Higher flexible applications include the single-sided flexible structures of PCB
    • They don’t need connectors or wire harnesses to install or assemble
    • They meet dynamic requirements of flexing
    • Flexible models of PCBs increase the reliability and repeatability of the device.
    • They can withstand a wide range of temperature
    • They improve the aesthetics of the device
    • They are responsible for uniform providing the electrical for high-speed circuitry.

    Disadvantages of Flexible PCB

    • They have a higher cost of production and assembly as compared to the rigid ones.
    • They have a poor utilization of panel
    • They come with a high probability of damages
    • They are tough to handle
    • The assembly process of flexible models of PCB is quite complex
    • They are difficult to repair when damaged

     

    What Are The Relevant Certifications Of Flex PCB Assembly Manufacturers?

    The relevant certifications of flex PCB Assembly manufacturers are given as under:

    • ISO 9001:2008 Standards

    This quality certification for the manufacturers of flex PCB Assembly is used to specify the quality management at the manufacturing place.

    Besides quality management, this certification is also required for contractual purposes.

    • UL Standards

    These certifications correspond with the extensive safety of the UL and scientific expertise.

    It is regarded as the essential quality-relevant certificate in the US and Canada.

    • IPC-A-600G Class 1 and 2 Classifications

    IPC standards are commonly regarded as the essential requirement that is used to build quality electronic products.

    This certificate is related to providing public advocacy and market research to the manufacturers.

    • ISO 90001:2015

    This quality certification is required for demonstrating the consistent production of reliable products that meet customer demands.

    This certificate is also related to meeting the statutory and regulatory requirements in the manufacturing of flex PCB Assembly.

    PCBMay is one of those Chinese manufacturers that fulfill all the quality and safety standards while producing flexible PCB circuits.

    What Are Heavy Copper Flex Circuit Boards?

    Heavy copper flex circuit boards are defined as the particular type of PCB that contains 3 ounces of copper in outer or inner layers.

    They are considered the most common types of circuit boards because of their thermal management capabilities.

    The integration of heavy copper in the circuit boards keeps all inner components cool and improves their performance.

    Heavy Copper Flex Circuit Boards

    Heavy Copper Flex Circuit Boards

    What Are Double-Sided & Multi-Layer Flex PCBs?

    The double-sided flex PCB comes with two conductive layers made up of copper.

    These two conductive layers are insulated with the help of a polyimide material present between the external insulating layers.

    The circuit connection in the double-sided PCBs is provided with the through-holes.

    The multi-Layer flex circuit of PCBs contains more than three layers of conductive materials.

    They have flexible insulating layers between the inner and outer polyimide insulating layers.

    The circuit connection in multi-layer flex PCBs is also supported with through-holes.

    Double-Sided & Multi-Layer Flex PCBs

    Double-Sided & Multi-Layer Flex PCBs

    What Are The Requirements For Flex PCB Assembly Outsourcing?

    The requirements of Flex PCB assembly outsourcing are listed as under:

    • Availability of the Bill of Materials
    • No contradiction of BOM with the manufacturing process
    • Fulfillment of all anti-static requirements
    • Orientation of the component appearance marking
    • Compliance of the soldering in the manufacturing of flexible PCB

    What Are Flexible PCB Assembly Soldering Requirements?

    The flexible PCB Assembly soldering requirements are explained as under:

    • Suitable height of the solder joint required for the tin penetration
    • The conical shape of the entire covering pad
    • The soldering surface must be smooth and bright
    • The soldering joint must be equipped with thoroughly wetted pads and pins
    • There should be no spikes or barbs on the cross-sectional area of flexible circuits of PCB
    • The welding must be needle-based

     What Are Flex PCB Assembly Production Equipment?

    The flex PCB assembly production elements are listed as under:

    • Solder paste printer
    • Pick and place machine
    • Reflow soldering
    • AOI detector
    • Component trimming machine
    • Wave soldering
    • Tin furnace
    • Cleaning machine
    • ICT Test Fixture
    • FCT Test Fixture
    • Aging Test Frame
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