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Why Choose IBE as Your Flexible PCB Manufacturer?

We are known as the leading PCB manufacturer in China. Since 2005, we have over 17 years of experience in providing flexible PCB manufacturing services. Providing one-stop PCB and PCB manufacturing services, IBE promises to meet your customized demands at an affordable price wiht high-quality products. Feel free to ask if you have any questions regarding flexible PCB manufacturing services.

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2 Layers Aluminum Board

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Thermal Conductivity: 4.0W/km
  • Layer: 2L
4 Layers Rigid-Flex PCB

4 Layers Rigid-Flex PCB

  • Material: FR4+PI
  • Technology: Rigid + Flex
  • Layer: 4L
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8 Layers HDI PCB

  • Material: FR4 TG170
  • Technology: Buried and Blind Via
  • Layer: 8L
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Custom Flexible PCB Services- IBE Electronics

We, IBE Electronics, are a global supplier of flexible PCB for several years and have developed a global reputation in the market. IBE Electronics serves clients and has specialization in multilayer PCB. We here in IBE electronics can help you with your flexible PCB needs and our services under it are detailed below:

1.flexible PCB Prototyping
If you’ve got a circuit design idea, the first step would be creating a prototype to test if the design is viable or not. While that might sound like a hectic, we’re here to help you with your flexible PCB prototyping. We can create first samples of your designs and convert your digital ideas into a physical PCB.

IBE Electronics can help achieve a better vision of your futuristic ideas to check if you should proceed with your circuit idea or modify it as needed.

2.flexible PCB Design
Once your prototype is finalized and is ready to move to the second phase, called “PCB Designing”, we’ll help you get a final product on your table. IBE Electronics uses latest and up-to-date software and well-oiled machines to get the finest flexible PCB PCBs for your electronics projects.

At IBE Electronics, you’ll get fast and robust service, which’ll help you complete your projects on time. You don’t have to worry about the design, because we can also help you optimize the design before printing it on a circuit board. That will help you save money on the manufacturing costs later.

3.Flexible PCB Manufacturing
IBE Electronics is a fantastic solution to your flexible PCB manufacturing needs. You don’t have to worry about where to get those PCBs printed after getting a prototype and design finalized. If you get your prototypes and designs done by us, the manufacturing process will be super fast because we will have all the prerequisites in hand.

Moreover, if you’re looking for quality raw materials such as high TG flexible PCB PCB manufacturing, there’s no better choice than IBE Electronics. We have a team of highly skilled professionals and have acquired the most brilliant minds, that’ll keep your flexible PCB manufacturing smooth and flawless.

4.flexible PCB Assembly
One the manufacturing is complete, we’ll do all the assembly, so all the required components are on the circuit plate. It might sound a bit complex for companies, but IBE electronics has been helping brands get PCBs done from scratch for their electronic products.

We have all the electronic components available in stock so that the assembly phase doesn’t slow down or face any raw material shortage delays.

How to Get A Customized Flexible PCB- Easy Steps

Thank you for your support and trust. About the price, you need to send us an inquiry/drawing, then we can quote for you after evaluation. About placing orders, you can follow the steps below step by step. Or contact us to help you: ibe@pcbaaa.com

1.Visit the official website and request for a free quote from IBE Electronics. Enter PCB Assembly Quote page, input your circuit specification, assembly requirements, and order quantities, upload Gerber file, drilling file and BOM, then click Submit quote button.

2.A customer service representative will get in touch with you to collect all your requirements and quote the best possible deals for you. Assembly quote will be sent to your email inbox within 1-2 working days. Please give feedback on the quote.

3.Once the offer is agreed, you will be guided to place the order and release the payment.

4.BOM confirmation and DFM Check will be carried out once order is received. Production begins only after everything is confirmed.

BOM and Gerber files are the essential documents needed for getting a quote. If you have other requirements like functional test, IC test, please provide some documents as well.

Process

Flexible PCB Manufacturing Process

The complete flexible PCB manufacturing process is based on the design package that makes the circuit board in physical form. Following is the process of flexible PCB which starts with design and ends with testing:

Step 1: Pre Production Engineering

According to the manufacturing data and requirements provided by the customer, our engineers will compare it with standards and capabilities to make sure compliance and conduct related checks.

Step 2: Photo Plotting

A laser photo-plotter can be used to plot a film for each individual layer. A laser photo-plotter is a tool used to create photo-tools for solder mask and silkscreen.

Step 3: Imaging and Develop or Etch

This process applies the primary images such as pads and traces onto the circuit board. Here is what to do in this step: Apply photo imageable to the copper panels. Furthermore, image the panels using LSI. Etch off the whole exposed copper from the panel. Strip the remaining Dry Film and just leave the remaining copper pattern for the inner layers.

Step 4: Automated Optical Inspection

AOI basically inspects different layers of flexible PCB before laminating all layers together. The optics compare the PCB design data to the actual image on the panel.

Step 5: Oxide

Oxide is a chemical treatment to inner layers before lamination for flexible PCBs. It is an important step to increase the roughness of copper to enhance the laminate bond strength.

Step 6: Lamination

To produce a flexible PCB, different layers of epoxy-infused fiberglass are laminated together. The presser and heat cause the fiberglass sheet to melt and tightly join the layers together.

Step 7:Drilling

All PCBs need some holes to link copper layers, attaching components and mounting the PCB. We can drill holes using some advanced drilling systems. Furthermore, these have a design for the fast removal of chips in abrasive materials.

Step 8: Electroless Copper Deposition

After drilling, manufacturers deposit a thin coat of copper on the exposed surfaces of the panels chemically. Furthermore, they deposit a copper coat on the hole walls using electroless plating.

Step 9: Dry Film Outer Layer

After copper deposition, you must apply the outer layer images to prepare the panel for electroplate. So we can utilize a laminator machine to coat outer layers with the dry film. The dry film is a photo imageable material.

Step: 10 Plate

The electroplating process involves copper plating onto the conductive pattern. Plus on the hole walls of the PCB as well. The thickness of the plating is around 1 mil. After copper plating, you need to deposit a thin layer of tin plating.

Step 11: Striping and Etching

After completing the plating process on the panel, the dry film remains. Then, removing the uncovered area of copper by tin. So traces and the pads around the holes and copper patterns remain there. At last, remove the remaining tin that is covering holes and traces chemically.

Step 12: Surface Finish

It is the last and final chemical process to manufacture a multilayer printed circuit board. Solder mask covers almost all circuitry. So the surface finish prevents oxidation of the remaining exposed copper area.

Faq

Flexible PCB FAQ

Flexible printed circuit board PCB is a special type of circuit board that can be bent into the desired application shape.

We provide a variety of flexible PCB testing services, for example

  • ICT Test
  • Flying Probe Test
  • Function Test
  • X-ray Test
  • Laser Detection
  • AOI Inspection

Flexible PCBs have a flexible substrate that typically consists of a polyimide film

1. Single-layer flexible PCB
2. Double-layer flexible PCB
3. Multilayer flexible PCB
4. Rigid-flex PCB
5. HDI flexible PCB

Yes, we can provide a multilayer PCB sample (based on request).

1. High-speed digital/RF/microwave connectors
2. Industrial sensors
3. Instrumentation consumables
4. Medical Devices-Wearables
5. Car
6. satellite
7. Avionics
8. Consumer electronics

Advantages: flexibility, reduced volume and weight, increased reliability, controllability of electrical parameter design.

Disadvantages: high one-time initial cost, . The change and repair of soft PCB is difficult, improper operation and easy to damage.

You can email us at ibe@pcbaaa.com or call us at +86-75527629184 within 7 days. We will provide the best possible option to you!

Any questions can contact us : ibe@pcbaaa.com

1.Visit the official website and request for a free quote from IBE Electronics. Enter PCB Assembly Quote page , input your circuit specification, assembly requirements, order quantities, upload Gerber file, drilling file and BOM, then click Submit quote button.

2.A customer service representative will get in touch with you to collect all your requirements and quote the best possible deals for you. Assembly quote will be sent to your email inbox within 1-2 working days. Please give feedback on the quote.

3.Once the offer is agreed, you will be guided to place the order and release the payment

4.BOM confirmation and DFM Check will be carried out once order is received. Production begins only after everything is confirmed.

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Get a Quick Flexible PCB Manufacturing Quote

Looking for flexible PCB manufacturing service? You can use flexible PCB manufacturing quote request form and submit information. Alternatively, you can email us BOM and Gerber files along with information of flexible PCB volume and type of testing requirements you might have on ibe@pcbaaa.com or call us on +86-75527629184 in case any other clarification is required in respect to our PCB manufacturing services.

How to Select a Flexible PCB manufacturer

Flexible PCB is a highly reliable and extremely flexible printed circuit board made of flexible copper clad laminate (FCCL). It has the characteristics of high wiring density, light weight, thin thickness and good bendability. The application of FPC involves almost all electronic products, such as ribbon leads of hard disk drives, automotive electronics, cameras, digital cameras, instrumentation, office automation equipment, medical equipment and other fields. For smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc., flex boards are used to make RF antennas and high-speed transmission lines. The development of high-end miniaturized electronic products such as mobile phones, tablet computers, laptops, and wearable devices has also increased the demand for flexible boards.

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What is flexible PCB

Flexible printed circuit board (PCB), as the name suggests, is a very flexible circuit board. It is a special type of circuit board that can be bent into the desired application shape. In contrast to ordinary rigid circuit boards, this type of circuit board places conductive paths and electrical components on a flexible substrate made of polyimide or polyester film.

What’s the type of flexible PCB

Single sided PCB is the lowest cost, simplest flexible board, only one side has a conductive layer, generally used in consumer electronics products with low electrical performance requirements and single-sided wiring.

The middle of the double sided PCB is an insulating layer, and there is a layer of chemically etched conductive patterns on each side, and the pattern conductive paths on both sides are connected through metal holes to realize signal transmission.

Multilayer PCB is a multi-layer single-sided or double-sided flexible board laminated together, drilled and metallized, and conductive paths between different layers.

Rigid-flex board laminates rigid and flexible boards together, and has the characteristics of rigid and flexible boards at the same time, flexible boards can be bent, hard boards carry heavy devices, optimize internal space, improve product performance, suitable for miniaturization, intelligence and highly integrated development.

What's the application of flexible PCB

Smartphones
In the 5G era, multi-function modules for smartphones appear, and RF modules, folding screens, and miniaturized models are inseparable from the connection of FPC flexible circuit boards

High-speed digital/RF/microwave connectors
High-frequency applications require consistent thin-film circuit layers to be better applied, so various types of flexible polymer films have become indispensable materials in the development of PCB circuit boards. Flexible PCBs made of these materials are the best choice for high-frequency applications.

Medical equipment
Flexible electronic technology has very important applications in the biomedical field, and now non-invasive blood glucose measurement, photoelectric blood oxygen sensor, 3D spiral wound electrode based on climbing bionics, sciatic nerve signal acquisition, skin-like flexible deformation sensor, carbon nanofiber foam flexible pressure sensor, skin-like flexible pressure sensor and other flexible medical electronic products.

Car
For automobiles, whether it is fuel vehicles or intelligent vehicles, there are a large number of FPC applications, mainly in the automotive electronics sector—- automotive electronic control devices and automotive electronic control devices, mainly including engine control systems, chassis control systems and automotive electronic control systems.

Industrial sensors
Instrumentation consumables
satellite
Avionics
Consumer electronics

What's the feature/advantage of flexible PCB

FPC flexible circuit board is characterized by thinness, foldability, small pitch, multi-pin, small size, high integration, and multi-contact.

1. Flexibility, can be bent and folded freely, bent tens of thousands of times will not be damaged, can be arranged arbitrarily according to the space layout, arbitrarily stretched and moved in three-dimensional space, to achieve the integration of component assembly and wiring, high flexibility.

2. The flexible circuit board is thin and flat, making the equipment structure layout more compact and reasonable, reducing the volume of the product, reducing the weight, and easy to carry, which promotes the development of high density, high reliability and miniaturization of electronic products.

3. Strong safety, because the wires of the flexible circuit board are connected as a whole, and the various parameters are highly consistent, which can reduce the error problem when the wire is installed and connected, and reduce the occurrence of failure.

4. High assembly reliability, flexible circuit board plane wiring, can reduce switch interconnection, facilitate circuit design, reduce assembly work, improve the reliability of the entire system, convenient fault detection.

5. Design flexibility, inductance, capacitance, characteristic impedance, etc. will affect the transmittability of the product, flexible circuit board design is controllable, excellent electrical performance, can be designed with transmission line characteristics of controllable high-power parameters.

6. It has good heat dissipation, weldability and easy installation connection, and the substrate is diverse, and different substrates can be used according to different requirements.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of flexible PCB

● Advantages of flexible PCBs
Save space and weight.

Flexible printed circuit boards. Notice how it takes up less space when folded or rolled up.

Improved stability and reliability

Eliminates the need for connectors and harnesses and minimizes wiring errors

They can be stacked in various configurations

High tensile strength and high resistance to radiation, chemicals and temperature extremes

Durable (suitable for harsh environments)
Higher heat dissipation performance than other dielectric materials
There is no need for solder joints and connectors to test flex circuits, which further reduces assembly costs

Easy to install

Provides strong signal quality

Improved impedance control

● Disadvantages of flexible PCBs
It has a higher cost compared to rigid PCBs in specific applications

It uses a complex assembly process

Difficult to repair or rework

Proper storage conditions are required

Improper handling is easy to damage

What are the materials used in flexible PCB

Conductor
The metal used in this layer is usually copper because of its excellent electrical properties and low cost. Heat dissipation is also a key factor to consider, and copper can do this quickly.

Other suitable conductor materials include stainless steel, beryllium copper, and cupronickel.

Adhesive
A glue layer containing acrylic or epoxy resin is located between the copper and the insulating film (polyimide). Acrylic adhesive materials offer better heat resistance but have poor electrical properties and lower bond strength.

On the other hand, epoxy resin is not the best heat resistant, but it has better electrical properties and viscosity.

Insulator
An insulator, also known as a substrate or dielectric, is a flexible material that gives the bending properties of that circuit board. Polyimide is the most commonly used material, but some sheets are available in polyester, polyetherimide, various copolymers or fluoropolymers.

Custom flexible PCB services IBE can provide

Flexible PCB Prototype

PCB proofing, also known as PCB prototyping, is like a test board for testing purposes. During the PCB design process, you may need to change a lot of things and come up with different designs and dozens of changes. Until the test results are available after PCB proofing, you never know if your PCB is suitable for mass production and if you need to add components to make changes. Therefore, you need proofing to validate your design.

Flexible PCB design

To successfully design flexible PCBs, it is important for designers to have a basic understanding of flexible design requirements.

Prerequisites for resilient design

Number of layers, finished board thickness, PCB material use, surface finish, drill bit size, drill copper
Dimensional drawings must define rigid to flexible interfaces

Flexible PCB stack structure and layer sequence

Stacking distinguishes between rigid and flexible layers in the PCB. The flexible PCB stacking diagram will give the thickness of each layer, including the copper weight of the conductive layer. It will also indicate the impedance curve and impedance value (50 ohms or 100 ohms).

Explanatory notes for PCB manufacturers

Flexible copper clad laminate, overlay material, maximum board thickness, minimum size for plated through-holes, electrical test requirements, cover color, silkscreen color, circuit board markings such as part number, version and company logo, packaging and shipping needs

Flexibility and bending radius
The flexibility of a flexible PCB depends on the bending radius of the flexible material used. The bend radius is the smallest angle at which a bendable area can be bent. Knowing the number of flex PCB bends is critical to your design. If the PCB bends more times than the design allows, the copper will begin to stretch and crack.

Dimensional stability
Flexible PCBs exposed to various processes, including etching, plating, pressure, temperature, and chemistry, are prone to small dimensional changes, so this is something designers must consider.

shield

Shielding is another important parameter to consider in flex circuits. Implement various methods to incorporate masking. The shield is used to limit the effects of EMI and ESD. The shield also helps to keep the control impedance requirements constant. Designers typically perform four types of shielding, including copper cladding, copper shadowing, silver paste/epoxy, EMI thermoplastic shielding film.

Drill symbol diagram

The drill symbol table indicates all finished hole sizes for the board design as well as hole size tolerances.

Flexible PCB manufacturing

Flexible PCB manufacturing process
1. Single-sided flexible circuit board process flow: engineering documents–copper foil–pretreatment–compression drying film–exposure–development–etching–peeling–AOI–pretreatment–paste covering film (or ink printing)–electroplating pretreatment–electroplating–electroplating post-treatment–pressure reinforcement–appearance punching–electrical measurement–appearance inspection–shipment

2.Double-sided flexible circuit board process: engineering documents–copper foil–drilling–black space (PTH)–copper plating–pretreatment–compression drying film–exposure–development–etching–peeling–AOI–pretreatment–pasting covering film (or ink printing)–electroplating pretreatment–electroplating–electroplating post-treatment–pressure reinforcement–appearance punching–electrical measurement–appearance inspection–shipment.

Flexible PCB assembly

Fix the FPC precisely on the carrier board

The shorter the storage time between the FPC being fixed on the carrier board and the time it is printed, mounted, and soldered, the better.

Solder paste printing for FPC

FPC does not have special requirements for the composition of solder paste, but FPC has high requirements for the printing performance of solder paste. The solder paste should have excellent thixotropy, be easy to print and demold, and firmly adhere to the FPC surface, and there will be no bad demolding to block the stencil leakage hole or collapse after printing.

SMD for FPC
There is an optical MARK mark for positioning on the FPC, so SMD placement on FPC is not much different from mounting on PCB. According to the characteristics of the product, the number of components and the placement efficiency, medium and high-speed placement machines can be used for mounting.

Reflow soldering
A forced hot air convection infrared reflow soldering furnace is used, so that the temperature on the FPC can change more uniformly and reduce the generation of poor welding.

Inspection, testing and sub-boarding
The removed FPC is placed under a magnifying glass of more than 5 times for visual inspection, focusing on checking the surface residue, discoloration, gold finger staining, tin beads, IC pin empty soldering, continuous welding and other problems. FPC completes ICT and FCT testing with the help of special test fixtures.

How to select a flexible PCB manufacturer

How to select a flexible PCB manufacturer

What is a good flexible PCB manufacturer?
You didn’t think about your needs before choosing a PCB manufacturer, is it mass production or small batch proofing? Is the production of products about speed or quality? Do you care about price or delivery? Is it testing and certification?

Factory scale and professionalism

If you want to do a good job in PCB manufacturing, the necessary equipment and scale are indispensable. First of all, there must be a factory, and there must be a certain scale. The relevant PCB and PCBA equipment must be complete and advanced. In addition, the size of the staff also reflects the company’s production capacity.

Industry experience and capabilities

The PCB industry is highly competitive, and it is difficult for manufacturers without strength to survive. Therefore, before choosing a PCB manufacturer, you should look at the company’s establishment time, industry experience, product types, the size and qualification of the engineer team, and the industry field of the customers you have cooperated with.

Quality & Delivery
Quality is the most important point. Under the premise of meeting customer delivery requirements, ensure the quality and delivery time of products.

One-stop solution
Try to choose a PCB manufacturer that can provide one-stop service, from PCB design, component procurement to assembly, testing integration, can reduce costs and increase efficiency.

Flexible PCB and PCBA manufacturer-IBE

IBE is a leading manufacturer of flexible PCB and PCBA services. With 17 years of experience in the industry, IBE has a proven track record of producing high-quality flexible PCB for various applications.

IBE is ISO 9001 certified and has UL certification for its PCB manufacturing and assembly services. IBE uses state-of-the-art equipment and processes to ensure the highest quality and consistency in its products. Additionally, IBE provides excellent customer support and communication throughout the manufacturing process.

List of Flexible PCB manufacturers

1.DSBJ

Suzhou Dongshan Precision Manufacturing is a leading worldwide technology partner providing critical components for IoT intelligence, with a special focus on Telecommunication Equipment and Metal Precision, LED technologies and Interconnect solutions.

2. HonFlex
Founded in 2003, Xiamen Hongxin Electron-tech began with the registered capital of RMB 176.8 million.The Company is a key high-tech enterprise of national Torch Program, specialized in the research, development, design, manufacture and sales of flexible printed circuit (FPC), FPC Engineering Technology Research Center of Fujian Province, and a national intelligent manufacturing pilot enterprise.

3. SDJ
Previously known as 3 Gold’s, SDG Precision Technology is a leader in the production of flexible circuitry with a specialization in the mobile device, tablet and automotive industries. With 12 years of operations in China and abroad, SDG employs over 1,500 people and has offices in Shenzhen, China and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

4. JCD

Shenzhen Jingchengda Circuit Technoiogy was established in June 2003, is a professional manufacturer of flexible circuit board (FPC) production and FPC component assembly. Its Shenzhen factory covers an area of 12,000 square meters and has a modern, high-standard, ultra-clean plant. At present, the monthly production capacity of Shenzhen factory is 15,000㎡ for single board, 20,000㎡ for double board, and 10,000㎡ for multilayer board and flexible and rigid laminated board.

5. YDET

Founded in May 1997, Yidong Electronics Technology is mainly engaged in the R&D, production and sales of precision electronic components such as FPC, connector components and LED backlight modules. After more than 20 years of development, the company has developed the ability to provide integrated solutions for precision electronic components from product design, mold design and manufacturing, precision stamping, precision injection molding, surface treatment to assembly and testing, providing customers with one-stop customized and integrated manufacturing services.

How to calculate a flexible PCB cost?

Generally, PCB prices are affected by the following factors:

1. Delivery cycle

2. Quantity

3. Number of PCB layers

4. Manufacturing process

5. PCB material

6. Project cost

In the future, flexible circuit boards should continue to develop in the following four aspects:

1. Strengthen bendability: bendability is the biggest advantage of flexible board, in the future flexible board should be actively innovated in the use of substrate, bending resistance should be stronger, more flexible and convenient to use.

2. Cost reduction: the cost of flexible board is high, rarely used except for special needs, if the price is reduced, the application market will expand.

3. Upgrade the manufacturing process: After the flexible board is made, the change and repair are more troublesome, and the production size is subject to certain restrictions, so the manufacturing process level should be upgraded to meet higher requirements.

4. Reduce thickness: light and thin is a major feature of flexible board, now the rigid board is more and more sophisticated, flexible board to maintain this advantage, in the thickness must be thinner.

Conclusion

As the foundation of electronic products, flexible circuit boards have broad development space, especially with the advancement of science and technology, new energy vehicle industry, intelligent products and other industries have flourished, so that the market demand for flexible boards has further expanded. In the future, we will strengthen technological innovation, increase research and development efforts, and improve product reliability and safety.

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