PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB opened its 2020 New Product Introduction Awards (NPI) for printed circuit board fabrication.

The NPI Awards recognize the leading new products for PCB fabrication introduced in the 2019 calendar year. Awards are selected by an independent panel of judges from the industry and presented by PCD&F. No preferential treatment is given to customers of PCD&F or UP Media Group.

Awards will be presented in the following categories: Equipment: artwork generation; clean room supplies; lamination; drilling; registration and tooling; x-ray verification tools (bare board); routing and scoring; AOI test; electrical test; alternative bare board test; imaging; wet process; surface treatment; plating; final finish; solder mask/legend ink application; marking/tracking; ink jet; water treatment, and air pollution control; PCB Materials and Technologies: laminates; specialty substrate materials (e.g., heat sinks); imaging materials, primary, secondary and specialty; etching; general wet process; general cleaning; surface treatment; plating; final finish; solder mask; legend ink; conductive ink; cover coat; laboratory support products; Software: factory automation software.

Entries are judged on creativity and innovation; compatibility with existing technology; cost-effectiveness; design; expected reliability; flexibility; expected maintainability/reparability; performance; user-friendliness, and speed/throughput.

The deadline for entries is Dec. 6, 2019. To be eligible, entries must have been introduced to market (any region) no earlier than Feb. 1, 2019.
Awards will be presented during a ceremony on Feb. 4, 2020, during IPC Apex Expo in San Diego.
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