Manufacturer invests in four year R&D project - Embedded.com

Manufacturer invests in four year R&D project

LONDON — Exception PCB has embarked on a four year research partnership with two U.K. universities – Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt and London's Greenwich universities.

Exception has partnered with the universities to fund two graduate students to support its research into the megasonic plating process – an area of innovation for printed circuit board manufacturers.

The partnership will use the students’ education and expertise to enable Exception to develop new technologies that support high density interconnect (HDI) solutions.

Focusing specifically on the megasonic process, the students will work with standard chemistry and utilise custom plating baths with transducers, to enable micro-vias and blind-vias of varying diameters and depths to be plated.

Heriot-Watt University will provide a student to join Exception for the life of the programme as an engineering doctorate with a view to joining the company permanently as part of the advanced technology team. Greenwich University will supply a PHD student to support the foundations of the programme, also with the opportunity to join permanently on completion of studies.

Exception has also worked closely with the University of Hertfordshire to secure two students to work at its Tewkesbury plant as part of their gap year.

“This is the first time Exception has undertaken the support of graduate students. Establishing these links is an important step forward for us. As a manufacturer of world-class HDI technologies we need to invest continually in research and development to maintain our competitive edge. We’re excited about this partnership that will keep us at the forefront of technological development in our specialist field of electronics,” Garry Myatt, sales and marketing director at Exception PCB.

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