Synthesis: Illuminating Advances in Laser Processing

2023

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SPOT ON is Here
Adding SPOT ON™ to CapStone™ enables our partners to drill the highest quality blind vias within increasingly tight margins. In our initial evaluations at high volume production partners, we have seen SPOT ON™ deliver increased yield on top of the already high CapStone™ laser drill performance.
January 24, 2023
Ryan Wagner

2022

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Greg Stough Senior Service Analyst
The MKS | ESI team is excited to introduce you to the newest member of our world-class customer service organization. Get to know Greg Stough.
August 4, 2022
Ryan Wagner
First Cell Phone
It started on April 3, 1973, with Martin Cooper, a Motorola employee, on a bustling corner of New York City. A quick hello to a fellow researcher and key rival in creating the first cell phone.
April 1, 2022
Ryan Wagner
Laser Direct Drilling
Laser Direct Drilling is used for via formation (BVH & LTH) in a variety of dielectric materials, typically requiring some pre process preparation (thinned Cu, oxide treatment, etc.). The first LDD pulse (or burst) is critical in this via drilling process, as it typically defines the via opening size and roundness.
March 29, 2022
Ryan Wagner
Non-Cu Clad Via Drilling
Dielectric materials where no copper cladding is required during lamination are typically used in semi-additive plating, modified semi-additive (mSAP), MLCC, or other such applications.
March 25, 2022
Ryan Wagner
Karthik Ravi Product Marketing MLCC
The MKS | ESI team is excited to introduce you to our new product marketing leader within our MLCC team, Karthik Ravi.
March 9, 2022
Ryan Wagner
Comformal Mask Processing
Drilling process where the top Cu is removed by chemical etching or UV Laser. The aperture is then used as a mask for CO2 drilling into the dielectric material.Discover its process limitations.
Febuary 25, 2022
Ryan Wagner
Beyond the Photon: Engineering Innovation
In this innovation episode of Beyond the Photon, we got the opportunity to sit down with Flex Engineering Senior Manager Joe Hasty.
Febuary 14, 2022
Ryan Wagner

2021

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Accelerate Material Processing Innovations
With 40 years of leadership in laser material interaction technology and via drilling precision, we can partner with you to process the latest material and PCB designs for future 5G and miniaturization market trends.
December 17, 2021
Ryan Wagner
ESI CapStone System Receives Innovators Award
“On behalf of the Laser Focus World Innovators Awards, I would like to congratulate MKS Instruments on their Gold level honoree status,” said Laser Focus World Publisher Paul Andrews. “This competitive program allows Laser Focus World to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products impacting the photonics community this year.”
September 21, 2021
Ryan Wagner
Process Development Tips and Tricks for Effective Flex Circuit Laser Processes
Optimizing PCB laser processing for production requires a holistic view of the laser processes and their place in the production line. Taking the time to understand how those factors interact allows you to make informed decisions about where to focus your efforts and helps you to create a production process that effectively supports your organization’s unique set of operational goals.
August 5, 2021
Ryan Wagner
Geode Expands HDI Footprint
[PRESS RELEASE] PORTLAND, Ore. – July 20, 2021 – MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, today announced confirmation of an order for the ESI® Geode™ HDI via drilling system from TTM Technologies, Inc.
July 20, 2021
Ryan Wagner
Installation, Training and Initial Operation: Get Your New System Processing Those First Runs
Optimizing PCB laser processing for production requires a holistic view of the laser processes and their place in the production line. Taking the time to understand how those factors interact allows you to make informed decisions about where to focus your efforts and helps you to create a production process that effectively supports your organization’s unique set of operational goals.
July 1, 2021
Ryan Wagner
Beyond the Photon: Long Live the Via
Long Live the Via. In this special edition episode of Beyond the Photon, we got the opportunity to sit down with Senior Director of Product Marketing, Todd Templeton.
June 9, 2021
Ryan Wagner
Readiness and Site Preparation: Getting your facilities ready for laser processing
It’s fairly common for manufacturers to overlook some of the cost factors associated with upgrading facilities to accommodate the addition of new processing methodologies. For PCB manufacturers considering the addition of laser processing for flex circuit production, there is an entirely new set of considerations to be aware of and to manage effectively if they plan to step into flex PCB laser processing.
June 8, 2021
Ryan Wagner
Calculating and Optimizing Production: How to optimize total system cost of ownership
When it comes to laser processing for flex PCB, how do you calculate and optimize total system cost of ownership (TCO) and cost per panel (CPP)?
May 24, 2021
Ryan Wagner
Manufacturing flow and considerations in adopting laser processing capabilities
Market demand for smaller, faster, wearable, lighter and more powerful devices continues to keep PCB manufacturers scrambling to keep up as they evolve and adapt their manufacturing capabilities to meet changing customer needs. But keeping up with the dizzying pace of change in the world of PCB manufacturing need not be a daunting task.
May 17, 2021
Ryan Wagner
Beyond the Photon: HDI Episode
Check out the latest Beyond the Photon episode as we have an insightful discussion on the latest trends in via drilling for HDI PCB manufacturing and integrated circuit packaging
February 24, 2021
Ryan Wagner

2020

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Capstone Sees Strong Market Demand
[PRESS RELEASE] “CapStone has definitely been a game changer,” said John Williams, Vice President and General Manager of MKS’ Equipment and Solutions division. “As Flex PCB manufacturers continue to upgrade their processing capabilities to address new technologies such as 5G, the CapStone system is enabling them to take advantage of latest-generation laser technology to stay current in a very competitive market.”
December 02, 2020
Ryan Wagner
Intra-pulse beam steering for High-Density-Interconnect via drilling
Discover how innovations in laser performance, and high bandwidth beam positioning combined with the ability to do high-level laser material interaction modeling, has enabled the development of new innovative applications. Specifically looking at the innovation of intra-pulse beam steering for state-of-the-art high-density interconnect via drilling.
September 11, 2020
Ryan Wagner
MKS Sees Strong Early Market Adoption in Asia for its Newest HDI PCB Laser Manufacturing Solution
[Press Release] According to Atsushi Sakate, Executive Officer, General Manager of Production at Meiko, “Beyond the Geode system’s higher drilling throughput and accuracy, the system’s smaller footprint and lighter weight enables us to plan capacity expansion with much more flexibility.
September 03, 2020
Ryan Wagner
Beyond the Photon: Building the I-5G Corridor
We got the opportunity to speak with a MKS Director of Product Marketing in the mighty photon podcast lab and asked him 3 big questions on 5G. He compares country roads with interstate freeways to explain the arrival of 5G and the new applications that will spring up along the I-5G corridor.
June 25, 2020
Ryan Wagner
MKS® Instruments Sells 1,000th ESI® 5335™ System
The 1,000th system rolled off the manufacturing line in Singapore in March and is destined for the Vietnam production facility of the Sonova Group, based in Stäfa, Switzerland. “This will be our fifth 5335 system,” said Stephan Kaderli, Director Operations SOCS at Sonova. “As a global company that relies on global support, it’s important that we have systems we can rely on.
April 13, 2020
Ryan Wagner
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