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PCCL (UAR) – Opening up new horizons in the electronics’ world

EARTO Innovation Awards 2019 – Impact Delivered Category

  Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are the backbone of every electronic device, whose integrity and reliability are critical for any electronics-based system. They are complex multi-material, multi-layer build-ups and their demands are continuously increasing. Recent trends, such as miniaturisation and function integration, are a driver for thinner and smaller boards, making them vulnerable for failure.   Innovation: Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH (PCCL), EARTO member through UAR, developed a virtual printed circuit boards builder, which reaches new levels of an electro-hygro-thermomechanical modelisation. This tool enables to overcome reliability issues and allows for a fast review of potential product designs, by using a homogenisation method and a submodelling approach.   Impact Delivered: PCCL’s new development offers high accuracy, while keeping the simulation expense low. This innovation could reduce the risk of product failure and the development costs by 30% in the global printed circuit boards market, which is expected to reach $80.1B by 2023. The job demand in the simulations’ market is expected to grow within the next 3 years.  
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  UAR (Upper Austrian Research Gmbh), together with its associated RTO companies, is promoting innovative solutions at the crossroads where fundamental research meets applied research and offering businesses access to high quality R&D.