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Lenthor Engineering, Inc., a California based designer, manufacturer and assembler of Flex and Rigid-Flex printed circuit boards, has announced the installation of three new EMMA E4M6151 Flying Probe test units from Microcraft. This addition provides Lenthor with five fully automated bare board testers eliminating bottlenecks and streamlining overall cycle times. The investment is helping to reduce lead times for the critical product needs of our growing and diverse customer and product mix.
Rich Clemente, Lenthor’s COO provided, “The management team worked hard over the year to keep the company fully operational, the employees safe and focused on servicing our customers. We also stayed focused on continuing our trend of making capital investments like this one to increase automation, technological capabilities, capacity and beefing up infrastructure to support our growth.”
Sean Nachnani, NextFlex
Emerging innovations in the flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) domain are enabling new applications across multiple industries due to their highly flexible structures and additive manufacturing processes. The smaller form factor, lighter weight, and conformal capabilities are ideal for IoT edge devices in health and fitness monitoring, military asset identification and tracking, automotive displays and sensors, aerospace radar, and soft robotics. Significant industry research led by NextFlex is optimizing the processes from design through manufacture for FHE products.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
I recently spoke with Bert Horner of the Test Connection Inc., about the current state of flex and rigid-flex assembly testing. He explained some of the differences between testing flex and rigid PCBs, the requirements for testing specialties such as high-voltage flex, and the added demands of handling flexible circuits.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
I recently spoke with Jamin Taylor, vice president of sales and marketing at All Flex Flexible Circuits in Minnesota. We discussed the company’s recent merger with Printed Circuits Inc., and some creative new flex applications, including flexible heaters and catheters for the medical field. As Jamin explains, "It’s always interesting to see different technologies amongst different companies. We’re working on a few new applications and products, like being able to do some fine lines and flex materials, but with large format, a longer format than usual. Some of their capabilities with lasering and fine features really help with our long flex capability; when we merge the two, we see a new market being created for that technology."