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Minco’s Design Guide can be a lot of information, but it can also overwhelm someone who just wants to look up a specification or two. In the case of our Flex Circuit Technology Overview, we’ve distilled some key points and stats into a four-page PDF.
If you want to learn more about Minco, your best bet is the Company Overview that we’ve published, seen on the right. It covers the industries we serve and the product areas we manufacture, and even a little about Minco’s 60+ year history as a component manufacturer.
Minco’s New Product Introduction (NPI) process was designed to guide the development of customer projects through design and production and to maximize their quality and manufacturability, ameliorate risks, and manage expectations.
In this podcast Minco Product Managers Brian Williams, Chris Clark, Darrell Hyde, and Steve Romslo discuss Minco’s strengths and capabilities, not only covering our products but also talking about our history as a manufacturer of custom solutions in applications deemed too critical to fail.
One of the primary decisions faced by our customers is whether to employ pads-only or panel plating when designing a flex circuit. You can see the two techniques in the image to theright: Figure A shows a 2-layer flex circuit with pads-only plating, whereas Figure B shows another circuit with panel plating.
We’ve had theopportunity to build solutions for countless companies over the years, and we’ve earned their trust not only because of the quality of the components we manufacture, but also our robust and thoughtful New Product Introduction (NPI) process.
Since the early 2000s, Minco has been using a strategy called Engineer-to-Engineer (E2E) to increase efficiency in our customer relationships. This strategy includes cutting out the “middleman” in hopes that engineers can work more efficiently together.
Traditional etched-foil heaters require sensors to ensure the heater reaches its setpoint, and require a controller to manage the heater and maintain a fixed wattage. SmartHeat allows customers to skip this hardware because the patented polymer-based heater’s resistance is dynamic and increases with the temperature of the heater, automatically throttling power as it approaches the setpoint.
Minco has been building flex circuits for our customers for decades and we’ve encountered countless challenges along the way. We see some of these pitfalls during the design process, others involve problems with documentation, and still others are mechanical issues with the design.
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