From prototype to flexible PCB manufacturing, MOKOPCB has you covered for all your flexible PCB and rigid-flex PCB needs. Our knowledge and experience manufacturing this specific type of board gives us a competitive edge in the PCB industry. We also require no minimum product amounts on orders and always promise the best price and customer service.
What Are Flexible PCB’s Used For?
Flexible PCB’s are typically used in small electronic products like cell phones, tablets and other similar smaller gadgets on the market today. A flex PCB is essentially the same thing as a non-flex board except the flexible PCB uses a flexible based material to make its circuit connections. This is definitely helpful for products that will most likely not be stationary devices. Whether you need single-sided flex boards or multilayer high reliability boards, we ensure your finished product will be of the highest quality.
Flex PCB Benefits
There are some pretty amazing benefits to using flexible PCB’s.
- Space and weight saving
- Consistency in thin layers
- For harsh environment
- Circuit density is higher
- Anti/Shock absorbing vibration benefits
- Bending Cycles
- Reduces wiring errors
- Eliminate mechanical connectors
- Reliability and impedance control greatly improved
Types of Flexible PCB
As your leading flexible PCB supplier, MOKOPCB offers you some of the most robust flexible circuit designs on the market. There are four main types of flex circuits, from single to multi-layer options, that can also include more rigid designs. Here is a brief overview of each of the four main flexible circuit options.
Single-Sided Flexible Circuits
This design includes a single conductive layer that can be bonded between two layers of insulation or built with one insulating layer and an uncovered side. Single-sided flexible PCB design supports the inclusion of components, connectors, pins and stiffeners.
Single-Sided Flexible Circuits With Dual Access
Some single-sided flexible PCBs have a dual-access design that allows you to access the conductive material from both sides of the circuit. This design function requires a flexible PCB and specialized layers to create access for the single copper layer.
Double-Sided Flexible Circuits
Double-sided flexible circuits feature two conductive layers with a layer of insulation between them. The conductive layer’s outer sides can be either exposed or have covers, like a copper pad. Layers are connected typically by plated through-holes, but other methods can be used. Like the single-sided flexible circuits, the double-sided flexible PCBs can support additional elements such as pins, connectors and stiffeners.
Multi-Layered Flexible Circuits
Going beyond the single- and double-sided flexible circuits is the multi-layered (or multi-sided) flexible circuit. These use three or more flexible conductive layers that are sandwiched with insulating layers between each. Outer layers for these units typically have covers, while a copper-plated through-hole often runs through the entire thickness of these flexible circuits.
Rigid, flexible circuits have a slightly different design, but serve a similar purpose as most other PCBs. These models tend to use two or more conductive layers, but the insulation material sandwiching each conductive element can be either a rigid or flexible insulation.
The rigid-flex circuits from MOKOPCB can support up to 18 layers and use a variety of FR-4, polyimide and RF materials.They’re differentiated from multi-layered circuits because these feature conductors on rigid layers, which offers more strength than similar units that only rely on stiffeners. Rigid-flex circuits tend to cost more than your other PCBs.
The Applications of Flexible PCB
Flexible PCBs are making their way into more industries each quarter, because the electronics we use and devices we deploy in the field are getting smaller and smaller. Flex circuits are adaptable and fit this reduced footprint design priority. As their use continues to grow, more companies are becoming aware of the benefits flexible PCB manufacturers can provide for the latest technology.
Here are a few of the leading industries and applications of flex circuits that we’ve been pleased to work in with our customers:
- Consumer electronics such as smartphones, cameras and video recorders
- Contract manufacturing (EMS)
- High-speed digital, RF and microwave applications
- Medical systems and devices
- Monitoring systems
- Power electronics
Flex PCB’s are not limited to single sided designs. MOKOPCB can produce double sided and even multilayer flexible PCB boards for your more complex layouts providing you with much greater possibilities in connections compared to typical FR4 board designs. Similar to FR4, multilayer flex boards can also be built using blind and buried vias.
If you’re looking for improved stretch, broader flexibility and simple use with leading packaging changes, it’s time to talk to us about flex PCBs. Email us at Nicholas@mokotechnology.com or get an instant PCB quote. Tell our experts what you need and we will provide you with the right PCB fabrication and assembly solution. We are ready and eager to turn your concepts into reality.