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Bent PCBs use cases in every nook and cranny

Deutschlaender exhibits at „electronica 2010“ – Stand B1.210

(PresseBox) (Landshut, ) Deutschlaender manufactures single-layer and multi-layer PCBs as well as electro-mechanical components for medium-sized enterprises. Comprehensive know-how and long-term expertise are the basis for innovations like the innovative 3d-bent PCB, a cost-efficient alternative to rigid-flex boards. The 3d-bent PCBs enable the use of every nook and cranny even in complex and compact housing designs. Deutschlaender’s thinking outside the box recommends the company as a creative solution provider for complex problems.

In many cases, PCBs only need to be slightly bent in order to fit into a tight, complex housing. For these applications, flexible PCB materials and technologies like rigid-flex are overspecified and needlessly expensive. While looking for a space-saving and cost-effective solution for this problem, Deutschlaender came across the 3d-bent PCB. The catalyst was a customer requirement to fit a circuit into a tight, cylindrical housing. The tailor-made solution is a PCB that can be bent in different directions and angles in order to make optimum use of the space available. The distances between areas carrying components were reduced to an absolute minimum; the usual additional assembling of contacts or cramps was made obsolete.

The 3d-bent PCB technology is ideally suited for one-term bending during production at defined bending positions as well as small fitting movements during mounting and trimming into the three-dimensional space available.

When it comes to conventional PCBs, Deutschlaender’s product range stretches from simple single-layers to highly complex multi-layer boards. According to customer specifications, skilful experts create layer designs, layer arrangements and films, and programs for drilling and milling as well as checking routines for electrical testing. The minimum width of a PCB as well as the minimum distance between two conductors is as few as 100 µm; the smallest bore hole has a diameter of 200 µm. PCBs are available from 0.5 mm to 2.4 mm material thickness; the thickness of the copper layer can be chosen in a range from 35 µm to 235 µm. Individual copper layers are available upon request.
In order to protect the surface of the copper layers, Deutschlaender offers an array of finishing technologies, like HAL (leaded or lead-free), chemical Ni/Au, chemical Sn, Chemical Ag or galvanic Ni/Au. Standard delivery time is eight days (single-layer PCB) to ten days (multi-layers). An optional express handling charge shortens these delivery times to 2 to 3 days.

Electro-mechanical components
Aside from PCB manufacturing, Deutschlaender also produces customer-specific electro-mechanical components. Like in PCB manufacturing, the company places emphasis on state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and an effective quality assurance. The product portfolio comprises soldering strips, sliding switches, push-buttons, rocker switches, connectors, fuse holders, lamp sockets, prototyping boards, clamps, terminals and many more, including innovative solutions.

About Cluster Mikrosystemtechnik

Founded in 1922, Deutschlaender’s first products were electro-mechanical components. In 1964, the company started manufacturing PCBs, today’s mainstay of turnover. The progressive technical development in the area of electronics has ever since been accompanied by Deutschlaender’s constant modernisation, process development and expansion of production capacities. Today, the family-owned company has state-of-the-art manufacturing premises on 2.800 sqm at its disposal. The order processing and quality assurance processes are cutting edge; more than 50 highly qualified employees in production and management look after all projects from proposal to shipment.

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