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Benefits of Flexible PCBs over Rigid PCBs

Jan 19, 2016

Since inception, there have been a number of innovations in PCB manufacturing, which have revolutionized the electronics industry. And the constant innovations have aided the electronics industry is bending and breaking all rules in terms of design and implementation. This has made a great impact on our lives by introducing technology to almost every aspect of our lives.

Flexible printed circuit board is one such innovation that has propelled the imagination of creators and designers. The simplest definition for flexible printed circuit can be stated as; A pattern of conductive traces bonded over a flexible substrates.

Flexible PCBs offer numerous benefits and exceed the competency of rigid printed circuit boards. Apart from design and implementation, flexible PCBs offer various advantages such as better packaging, improved reliability, enhanced capabilities, and more cost-savings.

Benefits of Flexible PCBs

Following benefits of the flexible PCBs have made them one of the most utilized PCB technologies for all sorts of electronics applications:

  • Flex circuit design can be created to fit where no other design can.
  • Flexible printed circuit boards are suitable for applications involving dynamic flexing or static designs.
  • They are a combination of ordinary PCBs and round wire, providing benefits of both.

In essence, flexible circuits give you unlimited freedom of packaging geometry while retaining the precision density and repeatability of printed circuits.

As a high reliability replacement for wire and wire harness assemblies, flex circuits provide significant cost savings, with no reduction in performance.

Applications of Flexible Circuit Boards

Prior to designing a circuit, there are two fundamental structural applications of flexible circuits:

Static Application: An application where flex circuits requires flexed during installation but not during operation. Two or more layer circuits are best suited to static applications.

Dynamic Flexing Applications: A situation where the flex circuit itself is dynamically (repeatedly) flexed during the actual use of the final product. Common examples include flip-type cell phones, laptops, printer heads and robotic arms. Single-layer circuits are the best choice for dynamic (flex-in-use) applications.

If you have applications that you believe can be fulfilled by flexible PCBs it is always smart to talk to professionals. In fact, manufacturers are best people to help you get your queries solved.



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