Pioneer Circuits, Incorporated, announces that it has received California Water Environment Association’s “Facility of The Year Award” in the Southern California Large Business Category at the organization’s 46th Annual Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater Conference in Napa, California on February 25th, 2013.
The award recognizes Pioneer Circuits’ innovative efforts for managing waste water, air quality, and waste including efficient use of recycling. Activities have focused on effective controls and methods to minimize wastewater, as well as maximizing opportunities for recycling copper and other metal-bearing waste streams. Pioneer Circuits’ team of process engineering, laboratory, and waste treatment personnel collaborated in systems and strategies which resulted in this recognition.
Bob Sheldon from PCI: Paul Schmidtbauer presenting the award from SOCWA: and Young Luu, from PCI]]>
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Pioneer Circuits has produced over 300 parts being incorporated in the largest Mars Rover named “Curiosity”, supporting NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. Curiosity is the largest robotic vehicle which was developed by JPL: 10 feet long, 9 feet wide, 7 feet tall, six wheeled, the size of a small car, nuclear powered, and weighing 2,000 lbs. Its mission is to search areas of Mars for past or present conditions favorable for life, and conditions capable of preserving a record of life. It launched on November 26, 2011 and successfully landed on August 6, 2012.
There are over 32 flex circuit assemblies used on the MSL “Curiosity”. This includes nine assemblies with a unique matte finish used in the mast camera were designed and developed by Pioneer Circuits, Inc. This allows the MSL “Curiosity” to exceed the 600,000 flex cycles used on he two MER rovers currently on Mars. The extendable forward arm consists of approximately 25 individual cables; several of these required specialized splicing to achieve the overall length requirements for a record breaking length of 35 feet.
Pioneer Circuits’ Contributions to MARS Science Laboratory, MSL “Curiosity”
Prior to “Curiosity” development, there were other Mars exploration missions that have been supported by Pioneer Circuits:
This presentation provides in-depth technical coverage of a wide range of topics related to the design and manufacture of flexible PWB’s for use in high reliability applications. It is intended to supplement existing industry and military specifications and associated documentation, such as IPC-2223, IPC-6013 & Mil-P-50884. Knowledge of basic (rigid) PWB technology & terminology is assumed.
The accompanying CD contains valuable reference material including all of the presentation slides, design guidelines, technical datasheets, glossary, web links and other unique tools developed by Pioneer to assist in the flex design process.
The Advantages of Flexible PWB Technology – in addition to some of the more obvious mechanical advantages, flexible PWB’s offer many other benefits in areas such as cost, reliability & cycle time.
Flexible PWB Specifications – a discussion of the major industry (ANSI/IPC) & military (Mil-Spec) specifications applicable to the design and manufacture of flexible PWB’s.
Design Considerations – important guidelines for successful projects:
The Fabrication Process – an overview of flexible PWB manufacturing including process flows, and cost & cycle time considerations.
New Technologies – discussion of advanced flexible PWB technologies such as thermal management, microvias, & embedded passive components.
Tools & Resources – useful tools, links and data gathered into one place, including specifications, technical data sheets & web links.]]>
“Pioneer Circuits is honored to receive the Silver Supplier Award from The Boeing Company for our products and services,” said Jim. “This award is not only a testament to Pioneer Circuits relentless commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, but to our leadership in delivering world class solutions that address real customer needs.”
Dennis Sonney, Lean Director