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Compunetics, Inc. is newly qualified by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) (VQE-17-031349) to provide multilayer flex printed circuit boards per MIL-PRF-31032/3 & MIL-PRF-31032/4 certifications and standards. These qualifications, effective 5/4/2017, allow Compunetics to build flexible circuit boards with up to five layers.
Compunetics is certified to MIL-PRF-31032/1 and /2 for rigid PCBs for up 24 layers using FR-4 materials. Additional certifications include the capability to produce PCBs up to 18 layers composed of a mix of FR-4 and ceramic filled hydrocarbon material.
Compunetics is pursuing a new DLA qualification that would certify them to manufacture 14-layer rigid-flex boards. This certification acquisition is expected in the fall of 2017.
About Compunetics, Inc.
Compunetics, a subsidiary of Compunetix Inc., was established in 1968 and has since been engaged in the design and manufacture of special systems for complex information processing applications. In 1969, the company began manufacturing printed circuit boards. Currently, Compunetics’ capabilities include the fabrication of rigid, flexible and rigid-flex printed circuit boards. More information regarding the company can be found here.
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Designing with flexible PCBs is not much different from doing the same with rigid boards, except that the designer must account for the mechanical complexity associated with flex circuits. For instance, a flexible PCB can tear if flexed beyond its capability during installation. Therefore, it is very important to create a mechanical model of the PCB and test it for a proper fit, before taking up the electrical design.
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