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Are you attending the PCB West 2020 Conference and Exhibition in Santa Clara, CA September 8-11? So are we on Expo Day September 19th! APCT is excited to showcase our technological capacity & capability while expressing our continuous commitment to customer support, all while practically in our own backyard.

APCT is headquartered in Santa Clara, just a few minutes from the Convention Center. When Silicon Valley customers stop by booth 319, they will get to meet local representatives that offer enhanced regional support to tech businesses. As a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer, we have unique insight into the needs of our customers and the pulse on trends in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley and beyond.

We look forward to connecting with people and sharing what makes APCT stand out:

  • Technologies that include standard through-hole; advanced HDI; and flex & rigid-flex.
  • Cycle times that are consistently faster than industry standards. 
  • Certifications that support both commercial & military work.
  • Manufacturing capabilities to support prototype to mid-production orders, with full-scale production & program solutions are offered by our offshore partnerships through APCT Global.

All offered with incredible customer service.

When you need an NPI build fast, APCT is the best manufacturer to help. We lead the industry in production times and specialize in creating standard and advanced technology rigid boards extremely quickly. We can fabricate

  • 2-10 layer boards in 24 hours
  • 12-24 layer boards in 48 hours
  • Via in Pad technology in 48-72 hours
  • HDI boards in 3-15 days, depending upon the number of lam cycles

You can expect lighting fast lead times on prototype circuit boards, and you can also rely on us for larger production orders. Through APCT Global, our worldwide solutions provider, we connect businesses with overseas production with the reliability & strength of one of the largest independently owned domestic manufacturers in the United States. We manage your boards from placing the order to final delivery, and a full suite of offshore management services so your business doesn’t spend personnel, time, & money on logistical challenges. We manage:

  • Picking the right overseas manufacturer
  • DFM and Design for Profitability (DFP) design review
  • Coordination & updates on expert engineering questions
  • Coordination & timely updates on production status
  • Quality testing in our domestic facility
  • Inventory management/Warehouse storage of excess product for on-demand delivery
  • And more!

From fast prototype production to global procurement, you can rely on the same APCT sales representative to make your business’s manufacturing experience as smooth as possible. You don’t just get a manufacturer when you work with APCT; you get a partner in everything PCB. Talk to us at PCB West about how our operation can streamline your company’s electronics supply chain to be smoother, faster, and more customer-focused than any other PCB supplier. 

Experience the APCT difference — stop by booth 319 at PCB West and say hello!

APCT is happy to announce that we will have a booth at the Space Tech Expo 2020 in Long Beach, CA, rescheduled to August 11 & 12. This expo is a chance for all the leaders in space-related technologies and systems to display their capabilities. That’s why we will be there at Booth 4029!

We are one of the largest independently owned printed circuit board manufacturers in the United States. As we expand, we continue to say “Yes!” to our customers’ diverse needs, including a Broad Range of Technologies and expedited lead times. With two production facilities in Orange County, we offer Southern California customers enhanced regional support along with cutting-edge innovation. You can count on a team that has decades of combined experience and in-depth production knowledge; the talented crew at APCT Anaheim and APCT Orange have worked with some of the biggest names in the defense and aerospace industries and are ready to put their expertise to work on your next project!

We stay at the forefront of space technology by continually reinvesting in our company. We recently invested $3 million dollars into our Southern California facilities to add a production shift, upgrade equipment, and implement a mentorship program for new employees. All of this means that we can provide the best quality printed circuit boards for years to come. We are ITAR registered and of course, our facilities have all the required certifications to fabricate product for all aerospace companies and contractors including:

  • ISO 9001 Certified
  • AS9100D Certified
  • MIL-P-55110 Certified
  • MIL-PRF-31032 Certified
  • IPC 6012 Class 3 & 3A

For the very first time since the Space Tech Expo started, the conference is totally free for everyone! Come enjoy this showcase of the latest technological developments in aerospace, including PCB fabrication from APCT. We provide unique value to aerospace businesses because we have the necessary certifications for manufacturing, provide world-class customer service and technical support, and have the fastest lead times in the industry. Stop by Booth 4029 so we can discuss your electronics manufacturing and supply chain.

APCT is more than a manufacturer; we are a partner in everything PCB.

Sign up for Space Tech Expo Ticket Here.

Space Tech Expo 2020

How do you choose the right offshore supply chain agent?

Ideally, it’s one that offers solutions for your exact needs. It’s not one that has limited solutions, but one that can offer solutions from technology, to customer service, to transportation/delivery solutions, to dependable relationship and risk mitigation excellence.

Considering your full product lifecycle may be a key consideration; that is, a company with whom you’ve invested time and resources to build a valuable relationship that can grow with you as your product needs grow. Again, it often comes down to a long-term investment with one that offers you the most comprehensive solution to your needs.

You need an agent who offers you the most comprehensive solution to your needs.

Is Self-Qualifying an Overseas PCB Manufacturer a Competitive Advantage?

There are myriad PCB manufacturers to choose from. Standalone factories around the world can produce any number of technologies and at varying volumes. There are brokers, essentially acting like a middleman, who do not produce PCBs but represent manufacturers. APCT is a manufacturers who engineers and specialize in product areas with US based production excellence, yet also work with factories around the world, commanding the same quality excellence.

Does your company have enough funding or time to actually qualify manufacturing facilities in different regions of the world? If you visit a facility one time, do you have the time and budget to visit annually? Is there available staff to extend the workday to other global time zones? Do you have on-site staff globally to oversee the production and proactively work with the facility in real-time? Some of those burdens and risk issues can be alleviated by working with a comprehensive PCB company that has manufacturing, engineering, and full customer service.

It can be a competitive disadvantage to self-qualify an off-shore PCB manufacturer and procure directly as simply, very few companies cannot allocate continual quality and on-site inspection budget and staff that is required.

Recipe Transfer Magic

Recipe transfer is almost mythical without a dedicated and rigorous system in place to ensure a customer’s complex design requirements are understood and continually verified.

APCT invests the time to get an upfront intake profile and the time to fully understand a 360 view on the customer needs; only after which, can they create a custom program that suits those needs. The APCT process reduces unexpected additional time and concerns that arise for the customers and provides solutions that offer peace of mind, continual quality, and on-time delivery.

Huge risk factors are inherent in a segmented engineering staff, both recipe transfer and real-time production engineering attention. Some companies have an engineering team work on the prototype or first run, and then transfer to another group working on volume production engineering. To reduce risk throughout the product lifecycle and real-time build activities, APCT ensures the same engineering team would never leave that product. They understand all the engineering details, know exactly how the transition to production should go. Taking it one step further, after the first-run prototype is approved, APCTs team works diligently and ensures a full recipe transfer for the company into their next production build in the life cycle. With the continual next step efforts managed by APCT, this allows the customer to move forward to work on their next project and program.

APCTs Global Program is dedicated to the success of recipe transfer.

DesignCon 2020 plans on showcasing the best companies in the high-speed communications and semiconductor industries. We are proud to be among the manufacturers who are bringing the innovative technological dreams of tomorrow to life. Our state-of-the-art equipment and talented team help us engineer the future, whether that’s high density interconnect, exciting new materials, or working within compressed lead times.

DesignCon 2020

 

APCT is excited to be a returning exhibitor, we look forward to seeing old connections and meeting new ones. We are well known in the printed circuit board industry as a reliable and fast manufacturer, and we offer our services to businesses across a wide stretch of industries, including aerospace, robotics, IOT (micromobility, Smart Cities and Industrial IOT), defense, communications, healthcare devices, autonomous vehicles, 5G networking, as well as industrial applications, such as smart pools and lighting. We’re excited to work with you!

Our team has unique skills to work with your team throughout the product and design lifecycles; from prototype to large scale, global manufacturing. We are experts in inspiring growth, managing the challenges, and parnering with you to anticipate and solve problems unique to your design, product, production and delivery needs.

DesignCon

We promise stopping by will be a sweet experience.

 

At our booth, you’ll be able to meet expert PCB professionals from our fabrication house, including our founder, Steve Robinson. He has been in the electronics industry since 1971 and built a manufacturing business based on Passion, Commitment, and Trust. These are the foundational values that still guide us today. You’ll notice the APCT difference at every step of the ordering and production process!

DesignCon

If you are coming to DesignCon, be sure to come to the APCT booth 301. DesignCon is held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, practically in our back yard! From our headquarters in Santa Clara, we have been fortunate to work with companies throughout Silicon Valley and beyond. Our PCB expertise has made us an invaluable resource for businesses throughout Northern California and beyond. We provide everything from PCB design review to thorough quality control of every batch. Whether you order rigid, flex, or rigid-flex printed circuit boards, you can count on our print house for the highest quality of production.

We are not only a PCB manufacturer, but PCB experts with a long history which affords us the insights for innovative problem solving. Every company has unique products, technical challenges, timeframes, and delivery and transportation requirements.

Let’s talk about how we can help customize a unique solution for your specific situation, from garage innovation to volume production with our Global Solutions team.

Come find us at DesignCon 2020, booth 301. register here for a free expo pass.

Curious if APCT will be coming to tech tradeshow near you? We have determined several tradeshows we will be attending in 2020 and want to share them with you. We are pleased to announce that we will be attending shows throughout the United States including:

– Santa Clara | Expo January 29-30, 11 am -6pm | Santa Clara Convention Center

– Pasadena | Expo August 18& 19 | Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center

– Santa Clara | Expo September 9th | Santa Clara Convention Center

At these conferences, our experienced team will be showcasing our Technological Capabilities, Capacity, and ongoing Commitment to our customers. These conferences have been chosen on the East Coast, Southern California, and Northern California because of our heightened regional support in these areas. As one of the largest independently owned printed circuit board manufacturers in the United States, we offer high-quality products for businesses throughout the U.S.A and Canada. We have four manufacturing facilities: Santa Clara, CA; two in Orange County, CA; and Wallingford, CT. These four facilities give us direct support for companies in Silicon Valley, Southern California, and the North East. In all, we have over 180,000 square feet of production space and over 450 employees, all prepared to say “Yes!” to our customers’ needs.

Some of our employees will be representing APCT at these tradeshows. Talking to our team, you will find that our people make all the difference. They are the ones committed to your success. This is an opportunity to learn about what we can do for you.

  • Do you have complex PCB designs and need a reliable manufacturer?
  • Do you regularly face tight deadlines and want a fast print house?
  • Are you concerned about quality and require PCB design review?

Our talented crew of PCB experts can help you!

As these tradeshows approach, we will release more posts giving information about EXPO passes and our booth numbers. We look forward to meeting you and learning about your business’s electronic component needs at DesignCon 2020, Space Tech Expo and PCB West 2020. Please stop by the APCT booth and say hello!

Hello Everyone,

As you might be aware, Typhoon Hagibis caused severe water damage to Panasonic’s laminate East Plant in Koriyama, Japan.  The main products affected are the Megtron 6K and 6N.  They have no short-term recovery!  Efforts are underway to clean and bring operations back in 90 days at the East Plant.

Due to the reduction in capacity, preliminary notification from Panasonic is that there will be no direct material support from the factory at this time.  Material requirements can only be fulfilled by their US exclusive distributor Matrix USA.  Below is a summary of current products impacted:

  • MEGTRON 6K and 6N will not be available after we deplete our current stock for at least 90 days.
  • MEGTRON 7/7N will begin production at Koriyama WEST Plant around November 1, 2019
  • MEGTRON 6G is being rescheduled for the TAIWAN plant and will be the only option in the weeks to come for MEGTRON 6 products.
  • MEGTRON 6K 1027 is not available currently.
  • There are no QTA or AIR FREIGHT shipments available currently.
  • FELIOS materials are not affected by this event.

Until this is cleared up, APCT can offer material substitutions, that electrically are very similar and will provide much shorter lead times:

  • I-TERA MT40 or IT-968 would replace MEG6
  • TACHYON-100G would replace MEG7

Attached are data sheets for review if needed.  Please feel free to reach out to Paulo Avila – DFM Engineering Manager with any questions related to these alternatives.

Please be proactive and get forecasts to APCT as soon as possible with any visible demands on the Megtron products affected by the Typhoon. We will work with local distributor to secure as much material as possible to mitigate these issues.

This supply is limited and we fully expect it to be exhausted in the next 2-4 weeks. In the meantime, APCT is very competent and capable in the alternative material options mentioned above.

Regards,

Steve Robinson | President / CEO

Links to the datasheets for your quick reference:

Manufacturer’s Full Data Link: Tera MT40

Manufacturer’s Full Data Link: Tachyon 100G

Drive World

APCT, headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, will be cruising over to the inaugural Drive World Expo joining with technology leaders poised to support the design and reality of a projected $120 billion-dollar industry by 2020 – next year. This is a fast innovative industry, best propelled by innovative speedy, technology partners.

Putting Technology Behind the Wheel with APCT

Silicon Valley is the undisputed leader in tech innovations; it is not only the home of APCT, but to the largest tech companies in the United States as well as thousands of startups fighting to make their offerings relevant. It only makes sense that Silicon Valley is the hotbed of autonomous car technology and testing. Which is why the Santa Clara Convention Center is hosting the Drive World Conference & Expo, giving the leaders at the forefront of automotive technology a chance to meet and discuss the future of driving. APCT is excited to announce we will be at Drive; find us at Booth 354 to discuss how we can help bring your automotive electronics and embedded systems needs to life! 

Self-Driving Cars: The Next Technology Breakthrough

Every modern car, from cutting-edge self-driving vehicles to the basic model off the lot, now has a computer. This complex system of software and connected programs can make our vehicles more responsive, efficient, and safe – when it works. As cars steadily advance in technological capabilities, and especially with the goal of having self-driving vehicles, it is critical to have the highest quality components inside. 

What’s under the Hood? 

If you’ve ever cracked open a computer out of curiosity, then you’ve seen the “guts” of modern technology. The circuit boards inside are what make your computer and cell phone run, as well as airplanes, boats, cars, and even toys! It should come as no surprise that printed circuit boards are the brains behind autonomous vehicles, giving them the ability to utilize cameras, radar, LiDAR, embedded vision systems, sensing technologies, and more to safely maneuver. That’s on top of all the normal systems a top-of-the-line vehicle has today!

The quality of these electronic components is crucial to the overall vehicle. As the vanguard of vehicle technology, autonomous automakers need to know they can rely on the printed circuit boards that serve as the backbone to the car’s computers.  APCT can serve this technologically demanding industry with superior printed circuit boards that make extremely demanding applications function with ease. 

Cruise on over for a Show Treat

APCT is headquartered in Santa Clara, the very heart of Silicon Valley. Our state-of-the-art facility and knowledgeable team have produced PCB for various industries including communications, defense, and aerospace, and our customers consistently find that we provide the best quality product, experienced DFM support, and tight quality control at every step of the process. We specifically specialize in advanced technology and innovative materials, making circuit boards that can perform reliably in the field in rugged conditions. 

Say Hello at Booth 354

We will be at the Drive World Conference and Expo from August 28-29, 2019 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. We are excited to meet the automakers at this show and discuss how APCT printed circuit boards can support their design and vision. Come by Booth 354 to meet your best-advanced technologies partner!

Cruise by for a bit of Tech-Talk & a Treatm Booth 354, in
the straight lanes!

APCT is pleased to announce that we will be attending the Design 2 Part Show in Boston, MA this September along with other industry professionals in printed circuit board design and assembly. This conference is a chance for our experienced team to showcase our Capacity, Capabilities, and ongoing Commitment to our Customers.

Design 2 Part Show in Boston

Click here for your free show admission.

 

With a manufacturing facility in nearby Wallingford, CT, and over 180,000 square feet of production space nationwide, APCT is able to handle the East Coast’s PCB fabrication needs. Our skilled team of printed circuit board experts and cutting edge equipment can get prototype standard and advanced technology printed circuit boards to technology businesses in the North East extremely quickly. We lead the industry in fabrication times

  • 2-10 layer boards in 24 hours
  • 12-24 layer boards in 48 hours
  • Via in Pad technology in 48-72 hours
  • HDI boards in 3-15 days, depending upon the number of lam cycles

 

Many businesses know that we offer unrivaled fabrication times for NPI builds, but what they may not know is that we also provide solutions for large production order through APCT Global. After you have received a prototype and decided that you need a full-scale order, we can help! Our team can handle all logistics of placing and overseeing overseas orders for your business. We manage

  • Logistical hurdles
  • Seamless PCB design transfer
  • Overseeing production and ensuring on-time delivery
  • Domestic quality assurance
  • Safe storage of excess product until you need it

APCT Global is your business’s offshore PCB solutions providers. We make sure your business reaps the economic benefit of low-cost overseas manufacturing with the stability & dependability of working with a domestic supplier. Get our technical expertise in fabrication, DFM, and engineering, along with the resourcefulness & reliability of an $85 million company leveraging buying power for its customers.

At Design 2 Part in Boston, MA, we look forward to showcasing how we streamline the electronics supply chain. We want to talk to you about a smoother, faster, and more customer-focused fabrication experience.

Experience the APCT difference at Design 2 Part – stop by our booth to say hello!

Royal Plaza Trade Center
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752
FREE PARKING

Click here for your free show admission.

 

APCT will be attending PCB West 2019 this coming to Santa Clara, CA. This convention is an opportunity to show the tech industry our capabilities & capacity, in addition to expressing our ongoing dedication to customer support. Expo is open Tuesday, September 10th from 10 am-6pm.

Stop by first thing for our annual “sweet” interpretation of advanced PCB technology.

Get your free Expo ticket, click here.

 

We specialize in fabricating standard and advanced technology printed circuit boards extremely quickly. If you need an NPI build quickly, come see us. We can manufacture

  • 2-10 layer boards in 24 hours
  • 12-24 layer boards in 48 hours
  • Via in Pad technology in 48-72 hours
  • HDI boards in 3-15 days, depending upon the number of lam cycles

 

Our headquarters in Santa Clara is located mere minutes from the Convention Center and therefore, offer a quick tour of our facility for your convenience. We are looking forward to showcasing our abilities and certifications to our entire customer base, as well as the regional support offered specifically to our Silicon Valley customers.

In addition to fast lead times on prototype builds, we also offer solutions for larger orders from APCT Global.  We can certainly assist you with placing an overseas order. Using APCT Global as your solutions provider will allow us to handle

  • Logistical challenges
  • Seamless recipe transfer
  • Technical review
  • Updates on production
  • Domestic quality control
  • Warehousing the product

 

Your business receives the economic advantage of offshore manufacturing while benefiting from the saving opportunities of time, money & personnel. You gain APCT’s technical expertise in engineering, DFM, and fabrication, and the reliability & resourcefulness of an $85 million company leveraging buying power for its customers.

At PCB West in Santa Clara, we anticipate meeting with technology professionals across the industry and discussing how our company restructures the electronics supply chain to be faster, smoother, and more customer focused. We want to talk to you.

Experience the APCT difference — stop by booth 219 at PCB West and say hello!

      

APCT is pleased to announce that we will be attending the Space Tech Expo in Pasadena, CA, May 21 & 22.

With our acquisitions of APCT Anaheim and APCT Orange County, we can now offer our entire customer base an expanded range of the technologies and certifications associated with the military, in addition to the regional support given specifically to our Southern California customers. APCT is now perfectly positioned to meet the needs of the defense & aerospace industry. The following is a list of some of the specific advantages of working with APCT.

 

 

APCT Military and Defense

  • We manufacture Mil-Spec Rigid, Flex, and Rigid-Flex PCB’s that can withstand extreme changes in pressure and temperature.
  • Corporate Certifications include:
    • ISO 9001
    • AS9100D
    • NADCAP
    • MIL-P-55110
    • MIL-PRF-31032
    • IPC 6012 Class 3 & 3A
    • ITAR Registered
  • A knowledgeable team with decades of experience in Defense & Aerospace.
  • A training program in place to continually educate our new employees to the specific systems of the corporation.

 

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The Space Tech Expo is an opportunity to show the aerospace industry our expanded capabilities and capacity, as well as express our commitment to our customer support.

At the event, we will have the opportunity of meeting with aerospace industry professionals and discuss the best methods to satisfy their needs in this ever-changing industry.

We invite you to the Space Tech Expo in May and look forward to speaking with you there. Please join us by registering for an exhibit hall pass for Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22. Registration is free and you’ll get the opportunity to meet with experts in the industry.

At APCT, our people are the difference makers. They are the ones committed to your success. They live the words:

Passion: To provide ultimate customer satisfaction.

Commitment: To service and execute with high reliability.

Trust: To be earned by our actions.

Experience the APCT difference — stop by our booth at the Space Tech Expo and say hello!

 

Space Tech Expo