LONDON Labtech Microwave, a designer and manufacturer of standard and bespoke microwave component technology, has invested £180,000 in new machinery at its Presteigne microwave printed circuit board production facility.
Equipment brought in includes a March PCB-1600 plasma treatment system and a Hurco VMX24 machining centre. The PCB-1600 will provide increased capability for producing plated-through-hole Teflon and ceramic substrate pc boards; offer uniform treatments for blind vias, higher aspect ratio holes, and a faster, more reliable removal of residual resin on the pc baord surface following laser cutting.
As well as having the capacity to process solvent sensitive microwave pc boards materials such as RO3000 and RO6000, the machine will contribute to the company’s environmental impact targets by reducing their reliance on Fluoroetch (the removal of fluorine from Teflon based pc board substrates). Labtech Microwave’s present product mix is characterised by smaller batch sizes, complex and higher tolerance work. This often requires operator intervention and special programming which can affect run times and impact cutter usage on some jobs. The multi axis VMX24 achieves tolerances of better than ±0.025mm and the 24-station automatic tool changer goes from tool-to-tool in three seconds.