Graphic plc invests in high-end process equipment

Graphic plc invests in high-end process equipment (PresseBox) ( Freudenstadt, )
Schmid delivers an MECEtchBond system in record time. The system was set into operation at the beginning of the year at Graphic plc. Schmid's entire production equipment for the printed circuit board industry is manufactured under stateoftheart conditions by their subsidiary in China, Schmid Zhuhai Ltd.

The MECEtchBond process provides a unique copper surface topography, in this instance, to enhance the adhesion of Dry Film Photo Resist. The standard process comprises the cleaning, degreasing, conditioning and microstructuring of the copper surface. The British printed circuit board manufacturer, Graphic plc, opted for the PremiumLINE variant of the modulardesign system, which has been optimised by Schmid especially for use in clean room conditions and is therefore particularly suitable for the "hightechnology" sector. The gentle transport system is designed for ultrathin, innerlayer flexible circuits with a material thickness down to 0.025 mm.

Schmid fulfilled the requirements specified by Graphic plc to their full satisfaction in all points particularly with regards to increasing the capability to reduce both feature sizes and pitch. The printed circuit board manufacturer was very impressed by the quality of the Schmid system and the speedy implementation of the project.

Background information:


Graphic plc is a PCB fabricator specializing in hightechnology. It has two stateoftheart manufacturing facilities - one based in Crediton, Devon, England and the other in Donnguan, mainland China. The Crediton facility is the head office for Graphic plc and focuses on leading edge technology. With a large capital investment plan now and in the future it is wellplaced to be one of the most technically competent companies in Europe. Currently employing approximately 170 people, the company holds most international approvals. From this location, customers across the world in the medical, military, aerospace and general industry sectors are serviced with hightechnology, quality products in small to medium volumes.

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