Thermal management specialist Cambridge Nanotherm has introduced a Six Sigma PCB fabrication route with partner Elvia PCB Group. Aimed at the most demanding and heavily regulated industries such as aerospace and automotive, applying the Six Sigma process ensures 99.99966 per cent of all steps to produce a part are statistically free of defects; or in other words only 3.4 are defective per million. This focus on quality assurance has enabled Elvia to achieve some of the highest quality accreditation and approvals available, including the automotive standard ISO/TS 16949.
The Six Sigma manufacturing route sits alongside Nanotherm’s existing PCB fabrication options which include fast prototyping, quick turnaround, speciality manufacturing, high-volume production lines, and thin-film semiconductor options for Nanotherm DM. Nanotherm works closely with customers to identify the most suitable manufacturing route to market for their particular product.
Elvia PCB Group are one of Europe’s leading PCB technology companies and bring an enviable number of quality approvals and certifications including ESA (2015), NADCAP, ISO 9001, ISO 1400 and ISO/TS 16949. Nanotherm LC material processed at Elvia carries full UL Recognition.
Elvia opens up Nanotherm LC to customers where quality is paramount and in high reliability sectors where only a handful of specialised PCB manufacturers operate. Due to its patented Nanoceramic dielectric layer, Nanotherm LC offers the highest composite thermal performance of any Metal Clad PCB on the market. This makes it the perfect material for thermally challenging LED applications, such as automotive headlights and daytime running lights, where the inability to remove excess heat can mean manufacturers are forced to derate designs or use expensive alternative materials.
“It’s an exciting time to be working with a company like Elvia PCB,” Cambridge Nanotherm COO, Andy Matthews said. “They offer a unique option for our customers in industries such as the automotive market where there is no margin for error. The regulation surrounding these industries can be punishing and we know that working with Elvia PCB we can make the path to manufacture as smooth as possible. These sectors face some of the most profound thermal challenges in the electronics industry, and we’re delighted to be working with Elvia to help them address this.”
Gilles Berthault, managing director of Elvia’s BREE plant added: “In Cambridge Nanotherm we see a real opportunity. Many of our customers face significant thermal challenges that they struggle to meet. Nanotherm’s approach to thermal management is unique and has the potential to offer an alternative option for our customers to deal with excess heat. We believe that the combination of our processes coupled with Cambridge Nanotherm’s unique PCB solutions is a winning formula for anyone looking to address thermal issues in LED designs.”