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Plasma Treatment System processes flexible electronic substrates.

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June 6, 2014 - FlexVIA-Plus™ delivers single-stage plasma processing, including etchback, desmear, and descum capabilities, for up to 30, 20 x 32 in. panels per cycle. Achieving rate of as much as 200 units/hr for manufacture of flexible electronic PCBs and substrates, system features horizontal electrode design with integrated rack that optimizes material alignment for plasma treatment uniformity. Horizontal racks also allow for processing of various flexible PCB sizes and facilitate loading.

Nordson Plasma Systems Group

2470a Bates Ave., Concord, CA, 94520, USA

Original Press Release

Nordson MARCH Introduces New FlexVIA-Plus Plasma Treatment System to Process Flexible Electronic Substrates

Press release date: May 28, 2014

Adds desmear and etchback capabilities plus increased capacity of up to 30 panels per cycle

JPCA Booth #5J24

Concord, California, USA -- Nordson MARCH, a Nordson® Company (NASDAQ: NDSN), and global leader in plasma processing technology, introduces its new FlexVIA-Plus™ Plasma Treatment System that delivers single-stage plasma processing - including etchback and desmear -- of up to 30 panels (panel size 500x813 mm/ 20x32 inch) per cycle, enabling a rate of as much as 200 units per hour (UPH) for the manufacture of flexible electronic PCBs and substrates.

The FlexVIA-Plus System's advanced horizontal electrode design, with integrated rack, provides optimum material alignment for industry-leading plasma treatment uniformity. Versatile horizontal racks allow for processing of various flexible PCB sizes and make loading easy. The efficient design with its economical gas consumption and small footprint contributes to a low cost of ownership.

Specifically designed for the processing of flexible PCBs, the new FlexVIA-Plus Plasma System delivers patented, industry-proven plasma technologies that provide superior surface activation, etchback, and desmear process uniformity on both sides of the flex material. The desmear and etchback technologies remove epoxies, polyimides, high Tg blends, mixed materials and other resins more effectively than traditional methods of etching and desmearing. The descum capabilities effectively remove resist residue from inner layers and panels as well as residual solder mask bleed for better bonding and solderability. Temperature-controlled electrodes ensure consistent process repeatability.

"The new FlexVIA-Plus Plasma System performs similarly to our ProVIA™ system, but in a horizontal form-factor, which is ideal for processing flexible PCBs," said Jonathan Doan, director of marketing, Nordson MARCH. "This system meets the demands of today's high-throughput flexible circuit board manufacturing operations."

About Nordson MARCH

Nordson MARCH is the global leader in plasma processing technology for the semiconductor, printed circuit board (PCB), microelectronics, and medical & life science device manufacturing industries. Nordson MARCH has offices and applications laboratories worldwide, including California, Florida, Europe, Singapore, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. With over 25 years of continuous innovation, Nordson MARCH designs and manufactures a complete line of award-winning and patented plasma processing systems. An expert staff of scientists and engineers is available to assist in the development of plasma processes that improve product reliability and increase production yields. Visit Nordson MARCH on the web at www.nordsonmarch.com, or follow on social media Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, or YouTube.

About Nordson Corporation

Nordson engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used for dispensing and processing adhesives, coatings, polymers, sealants and biomaterials; and for managing fluids, testing and inspecting for quality, treating surfaces and curing. These products are supported with extensive application expertise and direct global sales and service. We serve a wide variety of consumer non-durable, consumer durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, building and construction, and general product assembly and finishing. Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 30 countries. Visit Nordson on the web at www.nordson.com, www.twitter.com/Nordson_Corp or www.facebook.com/nordson.

For more information contact:

In USA:
Roberta Foster-Smith
Nordson MARCH (International Headquarters)
2470-A Bates Avenue
Concord, California 94520 U.S.A.
Tel.: +1.925.827.1240
Email: roberta.foster-smith@nordsonmarch.com
Website: www.nordsonmarch.com

Agency Contact:
Andrea Roberts
A R Marketing, Inc.
Tel: +1.858.204.9584
Email: andrea@armarketinginc.com

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