Minco Helps Engineers Meet Industry Need for Smaller, Thinner & Lighter Components with New Instructional Flex Circuit Design Kit

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Minco is responding to OEM design engineers’ need to understand how the dynamic nature of flex circuit technology allows for a multitude of design options.

http://www.minco.com -- Minco, a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, today announced the launch of its Flex Circuits Design Kit for engineers who are serious about incorporating flex circuitry into their projects.

The Flex Circuits Design Kit provides design engineers with everything they need to start incorporating flexible circuits into their designs.

“Flex circuits offer the same advantages as printed circuit boards: repeatability, reliability, and high density. However, the most important attribute that has made designers adopt to flex circuit technology is the capability to design three-dimensional configurations,” said Merle Tingelstad, Global Marketing Manager, Flex Circuits Division. “Flex circuits also respond to the industry need for smaller, thinner and lighter components by providing compact, low mass packaging that can reduce space and weight by up to 75%.”

The Minco Flex Circuit Design Kit comes with a Start-up Guide that details design guidelines, specifications and manufacturing procedures supported by detailed illustrations with descriptive call-outs. The Kit also includes a Design Kit Sample Case that holds over 25 actual pieces of raw material and circuit examples. Understanding the intrinsic nature of these pieces and how they interact when stacked-up can impact the quality of a flex circuit.

“Although flex circuits are made to bend, most field failures occur as a result of these bending or flexing operations,” said Mark Finstad, Principle Application Engineer, Flex Circuits Division. “To avoid failures, a designer must factor in all parameters that involve bending and flexing including bend radii, dielectric thickness and type, foil weight, copper plating, number of layers, and number of flexures.”

Minco’s Flex Circuit Design Kit also comes with an offer for a free mechanical sample of your design made with actual flex circuit stack-up materials. A mechanical sample ensures that a flex circuit is the right size and shape and is properly constructed for its environmental interfaces which will help avoid installation problems or latent mechanical issues that could cause failures.

Also included in the Kit is a CD compilation of technical documents and nationally published articles written by Tingelstad and Finstad.

For more information on the Minco Flex Circuit Design Kit, visit http://www.minco.com/flexkit or contact Merle Tingelstad at 763-586-2934.

Additional educational kits from Minco include:

Flexible Heaters Prototype Design Kit - http://www.minco.com/heaterskit
Non-Invasive Sensors Design Kit - http://www.minco.com/sensorkit

About Minco

Minco designs, manufactures and markets critical components for critical applications. The company is unsurpassed in its ability to integrate and assemble flexible Thermofoil™ Heaters, Flex Circuits, Sensors and Instruments into a single component for greater efficiency. Minco helps companies minimize the risk of product failure by providing highly reliable components and expert design services.


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