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PEI Etched Electrical Contacts Meet Exacting Electrical and Thermal Requirements

March 9, 2009

PHOTOFABRICATION ENGINEERING, INC. (PEI), Milford, MA, (March 9, 2009) is now manufacturing a line of photochemically-etched electrical contacts made of many materials, including beryllium copper, copper and brass, with tin, nickel, and nickel-gold plating, for integrated circuit manufacturing. These contacts are used in a wide range of applications including printed circuit board connectors, appliances, and lead frames for the automotive, aerospace, medical, electrical/electronic, and microwave industries.

Because of the unique benefits of beryllium copper, it is particularly suitable for products requiring exceptional hardness, strength, self-lubrication, and good thermal and electrical conductivity. It is especially beneficial in spring applications that result in high usage or high stress to the parts. Yet most manufacturers cannot or will not handle beryllium copper due to the serious health hazards posed by beryllia dust.

PEI’s process for etching beryllium copper parts is safer than any other manufacturing process (including stamping, machining or cutting). Since photochemical etching provides greater tolerance control for elaborate parts, regardless of the material, PEI can provide even the most intricately-shaped electrical contacts at a competitive price and with short delivery lead times. PEI can etch metals in thicknesses from 0.0005 in. to 0.090 in. (0.0127 mm to 2.286 mm).

With one of the most extensive photo-etching plants in the world, PEI offers OEMs a complete turnkey operation. We also provide a wide variety of finishing processes, including forming and heat-treating. Our manufacturing process has achieved ISO-9002 certification and complies with most customer and military standards.

For more information about our lead frames and other photoetched products, contact Chip Lehrer at; Karen Shapiro at; or Monique Potter at PHOTOFABRICATION ENGINEERING, INC., 500 Fortune Boulevard, Milford, MA 01757; telephone (508) 478-2025; fax (508) 478-3582;; Web site,

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