American Standard Circuits is now offering high technology book binder rigid-flex printed circuit boards.
Book binder rigid-flex technology is a special rigid-flex design where the outer flex layers are increased in length, compared with the inner layers, by enough to keep them from interfering with each other and buckling. The result is a panel of laminated circuitry with a hump or bulge in it to accommodate the added outer layer length. The appearance is similar to the center of a bound book opened face-down on a tabletop.
This technology allows the end user to extend and adapt the circuitry to fit the exact parameters of the product. Although it is estimated that book binder flex technology is three times more difficult than traditional rigid-flex products, actually involving three times more process steps than other rigid-flex fabrication, it is so useful to the end user that that demand for this product is increasing steadily.
When President and CEO Anaya Vardya released this statement noting that his company was successfully producing the book binder rigid-flex product, he also commented, “The need for this kind of technology is growing so rapidly that our team at ASC felt it was mandatory that we develop our own process for building this technology. It was certainly a challenge, but in the end, we the challenge was worth it in order to continue providing our customers exactly what they need.”