First 'green' plasma etching system

Paul Boughton

Plasma Etch Inc has announced it has developed and is now offering the worlds first truly green plasma etching system to be used in the manufacturing production of PCBs (printed circuit boards).

The company has developed a technology called the Magna Series (patent pending) that eliminates the need of CF4 gas that is presently used daily by printed circuit board manufacturers throughout the world with the use of plasma etching systems for desmear and etchback processing applications.
CFC gases are harmful to the ozone layer. It is hard to determine the exact amount of Chlorofluorocarbon’s being emitted daily, monthly or yearly by the use of plasma etching systems, however it is estimated to be a significantly substantial amount.

The Magna Series Technology is claimed to be a great achievement and advancement in the protection of the global environment and preservation of the ozone layer.[Page Break]
Specifically, the Magna Series technology eliminates the need of CF4 gases. In addition, the Magna Series technology will not require the use of O2 bottles (gas tanks) presently required. Plasma Etch also stresses the Magna Series will require significantly less power than traditional plasma etching systems currently in use.
Plasma Etch reports the Magna Series has also set new market standards in several other key areas. The new technology provides faster etch times, lower operating cost, and process uniformity not achievable using existing technologies.

As news of this new technology has spread, it is being welcomed with enthusiasm and encouragement from those within the printed circuit board community and from environmental groups and governmental agencies throughout the world.[Page Break]
Plasma Etch Inc has manufactured plasma cleaning, plasma etching, and plasma surface treatment systems for over 30 years. Their plasma systems are presently used for a multitude of purposes in the printed circuit board, semiconductor, medical, electronics, R&D, laboratory, manufacturing, and life sciences markets. The company has plans of expanding and incorporating this new revolutionary technology into many of its other plasma systems which presently service this vast array of markets and applications.
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