Cost and Price of a Flexible Circuit

March 26, 2018

In the right application, flexible circuits can reduce wires, eliminate connectors and rigid circuits. They might also simplify component assembly and reduce wiring errors. But competitive products such as rigid circuits, wires and connectors also have their place in the interconnection packaging world. These substitute products all can offer cost...

Flexible Circuitry Processing Summary

February 22, 2018

All Flex has several resources on its website posted with the intention of educating visitors on design, fabrication and applications for flexible circuits and flexible heaters. Perhaps the three more common resources are: The on-line Design Course Our Posted Articles Our Video Library These three resources tend to address common...

FAQ’s on UL Listings for Flexible Circuits

January 25, 2018

Most electrical consumer products in the US have a UL (Underwriters Laboratory) listing, which means that the product meets certain safety standards.    In some cases it may be a requirement for a product to be UL listed, in other cases it becomes a sales and marketing decision.   UL requirements are...

Design and Construction Features that Can Cause Trace Fracturing in a Flexible Circuit

January 22, 2018

Flexible circuits are used in applications requiring millions of flex cycles. But this does not suggest they are indestructible. In fact, occurrences of performance issues as the result of fractured traces have been experienced in a variety of applications. Solutions are often the result of design, construction, and feature location...

Copper Grain Direction

December 15, 2017

Many materials have different characteristics depending upon the orientation of the material.  For example woven textile materials have a warp and a weft direction.  The warp direction is the longitude direction and the weft is the transverse.   The cloth will behave differently depending on which direction the tension is applied. ...

Polyimide vs. Silicone for Flexible Heaters

November 21, 2017

Our last blog post “Options When Purchasing Flexible Heaters” provided an overview of a few options when specifying a flexible heater circuit.  In this article we would like to continue with that theme, with a focus more on the insulation materials that can be used. Backing up a bit, we...

Copper Thickness Requirements for Flex Circuits

November 15, 2017

There are many reasons an end user will specify the copper thickness of a printed circuit.  The most obvious reason would be for current carrying capacity, but copper thickness also directly impacts thermal performance and impedance.  All these are vital properties impacting the functionality and reliability of a flexible circuit....

Options When Purchasing Flexible Heaters

November 10, 2017

Flexible heaters represent a product technology generically described as thin and flexible heating elements used as attachments to various heat sinks to provide freeze protection, consistent temperatures, and thermal control from -80C to +230C and higher. Options exist in terms of materials and shapes, resulting in custom engineered thermal performance. ...

Getting information on Flexible Circuits

October 27, 2017

Our blog will be 4 years old in February 2018 and the interest and readership continues to grow.  Sharing technical information with potential customers helps us educate users about how to successfully implement our product offerings.  The following are three of the most popular blog topics: Soldering to Flex:   Just...

More on UAV’s and Flexible Circuits

October 20, 2017

The use of Drones or Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAV) is growing at a nearly exponential rate.  Drones are used by the government, private companies as well as hobbyists.  If you have $100, you can find a long list of drones for purchase. With this technology rapidly advancing in the marketplace,...

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