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EI provides a variety of services for manufacturing SMT circuit boards, including engineering expertise in product design.
Printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer Electronic Interconnect Technology Inc. (EI; Elk Grove Village, IL) is offering customers a variety of surface mount technology (SMT) PCB design and manufacturing services.
“Not only can our engineers help with the design of the board to head off potential assembly problems, but our capabilities in the SMT arena are wide-ranging, including all types of component footprints from standard to fine pitch, from BGAs [ball grid arrays] to microBGA land patterns,” says Pratish Patel, president and CEO of EI.
In addition to SMT boards, EI manufactures mixed technology boards, single-sided, double-sided, and multiple-layered boards. Class I, II, and III SMT PCBs can be made from a variety of materials including aluminum clad, flex, arlon, polyamide, duroid, and kapton. Customers can choose from surface finishing and plating options such as hot-air solder leveling, electroless nickel immersion gold, immersion silver, white tin, immersion nickel, and hard gold. EI applies the solder resists.
A full range of data verification services catch design flaws before initial prototypes are created. These services include design for manufacturing analysis on incoming Gerber files, prototypes, or production. EI says the process is useful when working with complex SMT boards because several types of soldering technology, such as reflow and selective soldering, might be used on the same assembly, which could raise different design concerns.
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