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Navigating Flexible Circuit Cost Drivers and Electrical and Mechanical Considerations

Join the experts from Flexible Circuit Technologies (FCT) to review flexible circuit fundamentals, explore cost drivers, and mechanical/electrical design considerations.




Originally presented: May 8, 2024
Duration: 1 hour
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Overview

Join the experts from Flexible Circuit Technologies (FCT) to review flexible circuit fundamentals, explore cost drivers, and mechanical/electrical design considerations.

Through case studies and practical examples, participants will gain valuable insights into various cost drivers - including materials, fabrication processes, complexity of design, volume production, and quality assurance measures. By examining each cost driver in detail, attendees will develop an understanding of impacts on overall project budget allocations.

Flexibility in design and functionality is a hallmark of flexible circuits, but achieving optimal performance requires careful consideration of both electrical and mechanical factors. This presentation addresses key challenges such as signal integrity, impedance control, bending radius, flex life, and environmental durability to maximize performance and reliability of flexible circuits.

FCT presents a comprehensive guide for engineers, designers, and industry professionals involved in the development and integration of flexible circuits - empowering them to navigate flex drivers effectively and resolve electrical vs. mechanical conflicts for robust and reliable flexible circuits.

Key Takeaways

  • Review flexible circuit design fundamentals
  • Attain an understanding for key cost drivers that will help you better control costs in support of developing a cost-effective solution
  • Find a balance between the electrical and mechanical considerations to achieve optimal performance, reliability, and longevity in flexible circuits

Speakers

Mark Finstad, FCT Director of Application Engineering, Flexible Circuit Technologies

Finstad, the featured speaker for this event, is an internationally recognized flexible circuit expert with over 40 years of experience in design, fabrication, and testing of flexible circuits, rigid flex, and flexible heaters. He is vice-chair of the IPC Flexible Circuits Committee, member of IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee (TAEC), chairman of IPC-2223 Flexible Circuit Design Committee, and is an active member on the IPC-6013, IPC-4202, IPC-4203, and IPC-4204 committees. He is a senior instructor on flexible PCB design at IPC and PCB Design conferences. Finstad is an established columnist for Printed Circuit Design and Fab magazines and a featured writer for SMT, Connector Specifier, Machine Design, Medial Design, and more!

Carey Burkett, FCT Vice President, Flexible Circuit Technologies

Burkett joined FCT in 2014 and is responsible for market focus, business development activities, prototyping services, marketing activities, and overall customer development and care. Prior to joining FCT, he served as president for two LED lighting companies under the umbrella of Revolution Lighting Technologies. Burkett formerly spent 22 years in management consulting services and is a former partner for PWC and Coopers & Lybrand, where he led the management consulting services practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota.