Apex Industries Selects Vycom Flametec® Cleanroom PVC-C to Fit Stringent Needs of Clients Serving Semiconductor Industry

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Vycom's Flametec(R) Cleanroom PVC-C material has been selected by Apex Industries (Tigard, Oregon), a precision machining and fabrication company for the machine parts and weldment it supplies to ClassOne Technology to build its Solstice (R) technology platform. Solstice is used for wet-chemical processing of semiconductor wafers to prepare them for plating and electroplating.

Apex Industries has selected Vycom's Flametec Cleanroom product for components and housing for ClassOne Technology's Solstice wet-chemical processing equipment.

Apex uses Vycom's Flametec Cleanroom PVC-C because it meets fire-safe compliance standards, is chemical and moisture-resistant, machinable, easy to fabricate and stands up to punishing environments.--Jason Shostrand, sales and business development manager, Apex.

Apex Industries, a precision machining and fabrication company in Tigard, Oregon, has chosen Flametec® Cleanroom PVC-C for the machine parts and weldment it supplies to ClassOne Technology for use in its flagship product, the Solstice® technology platform. Solstice is used for the wet-chemical processing of semiconductor substrates, performing steps that not only prepare wafers for plating, but also the electroplating itself, as well as the post-plating wet chemical process steps.

Flametec Cleanroom PVC-C, is ANSI FM-4910 compliant, a designation given to a material that passes the Factory Mutual test for fire propagation and smoke damage. Contamination from smoke particulates and toxicity can cause damage to factory facilities, products and technologies and endangers employees. In addition to FM4910, PVC-C also meets UL-94 5VA and is RoHS and REACH compliant.

“Apex uses Flametec Cleanroom PVC-C because it meets fire-safe compliance standards, is chemical and moisture-resistant, machinable, easy to fabricate and stands up to punishing environments,” says Jason Shostrand, sales and business development manager, Apex. “This allows us to design and manufacture solutions that serve a multitude of semiconductor wet process tools used for cleaning, etching, plating and chemical and fluid distribution applications.”

Apex specializes in the design and manufacturing of custom products where purity and chemical resistance are critically important. The company offers flexible turnkey manufacturing options where materials selection plays a critical role. Flametec Cleanroom PVC-C, sourced from local Vycom authorized distributors, is used to wrap and build many facets of the ClassOne Technology’s Solstice plating systems, but most notably, the housing. The material is also used in many components in the CopperMax™ chamber itself to ensure the bath remains clean and bath life is extended. Several types of wet chemical processes such as cleaning, etching, stripping, and electroplating, can be performed by mixing and matching the appropriate processing chambers in the Solstice.

Shostrand points out, “Just as important as the design and manufacturing of these wet processing systems are the PVC materials that go into them—with their own set of performance properties that improve the end result and provide processing benefits to the OEM or end-user chip fabricator.”

“Materials are of critical importance to ClassOne and its customers in the semiconductor industry,” agrees Kevin Witt, president of ClassOne. “As our flagship product, the Solstice is sold to deliver precision results across a range of demanding technologies. This means that each component and sub-assembly is scrutinized in terms of performance and cost to ensure that it is compatible and capable of getting the job done.”

He adds ClassOne’s customers expect all materials to be FM4910 compliant, to mitigate the risk to their site and employees. “There are many factors that influence the choice of material for these demanding conditions,” said Witt. “Safety is the number one concern – so process equipment like the Solstice must be designed properly and be made of the right materials.”

Learn more about Vycom’s PVC and Olefin products on its website at http://www.vycomplastics.com.

Solstice® is a registered trademark of ClassOne Technology, Inc.

About ClassOne Technology:
Founded in early 2013, ClassOne Technology is a semiconductor processing equipment manufacturer, delivering advanced wet-chemical process tools specifically for the cost-sensitive producers of MEMs, Power Devices, RF, LEDs, Photonics, Sensors, Microfluidics and other emerging technologies — all of the market segments that have long been underserved or ignored by the larger equipment manufacturers. Based in Kalispell, Montana, ClassOne Technology has built upon many decades of experience from industry veterans who continue the ClassOne tradition of delivering first-class quality, innovative new solutions and customer service at an affordable price. Learn more at https://classone.com or call 1-406-407-7814.

About Apex Industries:
Apex Industries was founded in 1997 and quickly became a leader in precision plastics machining, fabrication, integration and engineering services for Semiconductor process, chemical containment and fluid distribution applications. With an eye for quality and passion for customer satisfaction, Apex prides itself on an ISO-certified facility with state-of-the-art tools, certified craftsmen and ‘copy exactly!’ procedures. Their versatile teams work closely with some of the world’s leading manufacturers to supply complex, custom designed and Build-to-Order (BTO) OEM components and completed assemblies that require incorporating metals, composites, electrical systems and automation. To learn more, visit http://www.apexind.com or call 1-(503)-235-8324 or email IndPM(at)apexind.com

About Vycom:
Vycom, a division of CPG International, is dedicated to maintaining an environment where quality meets performance. Vycom offers the largest range of products, capabilities and inventory for all your Olefin and PVC needs. For more information, visit http://www.vycomplastics.com.

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