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SMTnet Express, October 15, 2015, Subscribers: 23,684, Members: Companies: 14,684, Users: 39,145

Technical Library

Optimizing the Insulated Metal Substrate Application with Proper Material Selection and Circuit Fabrication

Dave Sommervold, Chris Parker, Steve Taylor, Garry Wexler; The Bergquist Company

The ever expanding growth in the use of insulated metal substrates (IMS) in power electronics requires a focus on material and mechanical configuration for each application. By optimizing the material makeup and printed board format, performance and reliability expectations can be further achieved. The thermal performance and electrical isolation needs are driven by the power requirements, but considerations of temperature range, mechanical durability and format, along with the physical package surrounding the substrate must also be managed. With a variety of material configurations and circuit format capabilities, the choices become a balancing of options to maximize performance and minimizing cost through Design For Manufacturability (DFM) in the circuit board fabrication. These challenges present the IMS printed board fabricator with material selections and fabrication processes unlike those for other printed board or ceramic applications.

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Forum search results for related keywords: power electronics, DFM, CTE, substrates, fabrication process.

JoAnn Stromberg Retires from SMTA

JoAnn Stromberg, the SMTA's Executive Administrator for the past 29 years, has announced plans to retire at the end of December 2015.

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Material Handling...

Count On Tools




DownStream Tech..

Solder Paste Stencils

BEST, Inc.

Pick & Place





Seika Machinery




GPD Global



SMT / PCB Equipment Auctions

Electronic Test & Measurement Equipment

Complete Closure of an 800,000 Sq Ft Facility.

December 15 - 17 | X-Line Asset Management

Electronic Equipment Mart

Agilent E8361A 67Ghz Network Analayzer

Test & Measurement Products

X-Line Asset Management

GPD DS9100 Dispenser

Adhesive Dispensing Equipment

IBE SMT Equipment

Glenbrook RTX-2500

X-Ray Equipment

Baja Bid

Camalot FXD

Adhesive Dispensing Equipment


DEK Horizon 03iX

Screen Printing Equipment

Capital Equipment Exchange

Pick and Place Equipment

Pick and Place Equipment

Shenzhen Tek...

Orbotech S36

AOI / Automated Optical Inspection

KD Electronics Ltd.

PCB Conveyors


JMW Enterprises

Panasonic RHU2

Pick and Place Equipment/Feeders

Tekmart International Inc.

Events Calendar

CTEA Austin Expo & Tech Forum

Trade Show/Exhibition, Conference | October 20 | SMTA

pH Neutral vs Alkaline Cleaning Agents Webinar

Online Webinar | October 22 | ZESTRON Corporation

productronica 2015

Conference, Trade Show/Exhibition | November 10 - 13 | Messe München GmbH

Career Center

Global Applications Manager - LED

South Plainfield, NJ, USA | Alpha

Sales Representative

Mexico | Apex Factory Automation

Technical Sales Engineer

San Jose, CA, USA | YINCAE Advanced Materials, LLC.

Industry Associations Events


SMTA - Surface Mount Technology Association is a non-profit international association of companies and individuals (totalling 4,000) involved in all aspects of advanced electronics assembly, surface mount and related technologies.

Membership Info | SMTA Certification | Bookstore

Next Event: Austin (CTEA) Expo & Tech Forum - October 20


IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries is a US-based trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its nearly 2,600 member companies which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed wiring board manufacturing and electronics assembly.

Membership Info | Training & Certification Programs | Standards & Publications - Online Store

Next Event: IPC Technical Education. Professional development courses for engineering staff and managers - October 26 - 27

Technical Editor - Davef (submit your technical articles)

Newsletter Editor - Anna Girouard, 98 Elm Street, Portland, Maine 04101 USA, Tel.207-780-0887.

Used PCB Assembly Equipment - CE Exchange

CyberOptics - Revolutionary AOI Technology, Unbelievable Speed

Asymtek Spectrum II series scalable fluid dispensers for assembly of semiconductors, MEMS, storage devices, and PCBs - Rework Tools

Unused Equipment? - let BajaBid turn your EXCESS ASSETS into cash!

Scienscope - Complete PCB Inspection Solutions

3D CT X-ray Inspection from SEC

ii-Feed intelligent pick and place feeder

Fluid Pressure Control - a breakthrough in uniform fluid dispensing - GPD Global

HELLER - Choose an Oven for Your Reflow Needs

Whatever the SMT manufacturing need, JUKI has you covered.

MIRTEC - the Global Leader in PCB INSPECTION Technology.

Speedprint SP700avi inline SMT screen printer

Kyzen Free Cleaning Audit

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