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In 2013, Flexible Circuits, Inc. will celebrate 50 years in the flexible and rigid-flex circuits business. In that time, we have always been aware of the need for continuous improvement efforts in order to keep pace with the developing technologies that will allow us to continue to grow with our customers and compete in the industry. One of these areas is the imaging of circuit patterns into the copper substrates. Current technology at FCI utilizes the time-honored process of silver halide photos to print images onto the copper panels. This process has itís challenges, such as variability in photo size over time, front-to-back pin registration, and others. Direct imaging technology was introduced to the printed circuit board industry in the 1990ís, and has developed over time to become the preferred technology for consistency, repeatability, flexibility, and throughput maximization for the imaging process. Flexible Circuits, Inc. is proud to announce that we have secured the purchase of a digital direct imaging system. Through a strategic partnership with Technica USA, FCI has purchased a digital direct imaging machine from Maskless Lithography, Inc. The machine has been delivered on-time and has been implemented into production use as of 12/10/12. The implementation and integration of the Maskless Lithography direct imaging machine has been a seamless one with no interruption to production whatsoever. The Technica USA and Maskless Lithography teams did a flawless job with the delivery and installation of the machine. The team worked very closely with FCIís team, literally around the clock, to ensure a smooth execution of the training and transition plan.

David M. Stollsteimer, President of Flexible Circuits, Inc.
       "We are extremely excited about the new machine and look forward to all the benefits this technology has to offer our company. FCI feels strongly that the LED technology based machine from Maskless Lithography, Inc. has significant advantages over other direct imaging machines, such as the laser based imaging machines. We feel that the overall robustness of the machine will provide a much more cost effective solution in the long run. In our opinion, the overall cost of ownership is much cheaper year to year due to not having a costly service plan to worry about. Plus, the Technica USA and Maskless Lithography teams have proven to be true long term partners with Flexible Circuits, Inc. They have been, and continue to be, an incredible technical resource for us throughout the entire process."

Flexible Circuits, Inc., is an AS9100 registered company.

Flexible Circuits, Inc. products are manufactured to MIL-P-50884 and IPC-6013 types 1,2,3,4. Assemblies meet IPC610 and the ANSI "J" standard.


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