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Plasma Etchback & Desmear Treatments

Plasma Etchback/Desmear

Plasma Chamber

Circuit Boards Plasma Treatment Process

Circuit Boards Inside Plasma Chamber

Plasma Treatments Control Process

Plasma Treatments Control Process

Plasma desmear and etchback PCB treatment services properly remove the residues that are left behind following circuit board manufacturing drilling processes. These Plasma treatments provide resin smear removal, which ensures circuit reliability in PCBs by promoting good electrical contact between their interconnects and their copper through-plating. The plasma etchback and desmear treatment processes aid increasing PCB reliability over the long term.

Plasma Ruggedized Solutions has the expertise and technology to rapidly adapt to all types of customer-specific applications. We offer multiple solutions for each of our processes, so we can quickly and easily to adapt to solder mask chemical sensitivity or assembly issues.

Contact us for more information regarding our plasma etchback and desmear treatment processes or call us at 800-994-7527 and we will be happy to assist you with any questions that you may have.

Plasma Desmear vs Plasma Etchback Treatments

Plasma Desmear uses controlled chemical reactions to clean epoxy resin from the inside of drilled holes in PCBs, down to sizes of 0.001”. Plasma etchback is a similar process, but in addition to the residue, it also removes some of the substrate surrounding the interconnects. These processes ensure circuit reliability in PCBs by promoting good electrical contact between their interconnects and their copper through-plating.

Plasma Desmear & Etchback Treatment Advantages

Resin smear removal PCB etchback and desmear treatment options are far more accurate than more traditional wet chemical processes, allowing for far greater variation and tailoring of the entire process. Some of the additional benefits of these treatment processes, include:

  • Safe & environmentally friendly
  • Does not create hazardous waste
  • Bi products are 100% safe for disposal
  • Completely safe for human handling


Quantitative Plasma Etchback & Desmear Treatment Solutions

To provide the best possible solutions for your PCB residue issues, Plasma Ruggedized Solutions maintains a complete, one-of-a-kind in-house lab to support our Plasma Etchback and Desmear processes. Additionally, most of our plasma processing equipment was designed and created in-house, enabling us to deliver higher adaptability, greater accuracy, and higher repeatability of specified processes.

We also perform fully functional verification services, which ensure proper performance before the products are returned to the customer. Most of our plasma processing equipment was designed and created in-house, enabling us to deliver higher adaptability, greater accuracy, and better repeatability of specified processes than our competitors.

Plasma Etchback & Desmear Treatments for Chemically Sensitive Components

At Plasma Ruggedized Solutions we can adapt any of our processes to account for chemical sensitivity or other issues. We can also deliver microprinting services, assembly sterilization services, solder mass removal, legend removal, and other highly specialized services. In addition, all Plasma Ruggedized Solutions’ processes can be performed in selective areas or over the entire assembly.

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Enhanced Plasma Services for a Broad Range of Applications

In addition to our plasma etchback and desmear treatment services, Plasma Ruggedized Solutions offers several types of plasma treatments that are not offered by most other facilities. To create stronger solder connections with increased loading retention for electronic components, we offer plasma surface cleaning and activation for finished or bare assembly surfaces. At Plasma Ruggedized Solutions, we can also perform plasma treatments to remove fluorine and other challenging elements from hard to work with materials such as Teflon® to prepare them for plating. We have proven processes established for:

  • Teflon®
  • Getek®
  • Nelco 13®
  • Kapton®
  • Speedboard C®
  • Polyimide®

We also perform gold activation, carbon removal, plasma etching, and other useful services.

Plasma Etchback & Desmear Treatment Safety Solutions

At Plasma Ruggedized Solutions, we utilize the safest systems available to ensure the highest possible protection for every assembly and component we work with. In addition to our in-house lab support, we use lower frequency electronics and much lower power-to-surface area ratios in our machinery to prevent any potential damage. All our plasma processing equipment has been specially designed with the safety and protection of customers’ products in mind. Our equipment also delivers maximum operating efficiency, which reduces power and resource consumption up to 50% when compared to our competitors’ processes. These safety minded processes deliver top quality finished products in a 1/3 to 1/6 the time as similar companies.

Contact Plasma Ruggedized Solutions for Plasma Etchback & Desmear Services Today

Contact Plasma Ruggedized Solutions for additional information regarding our plasma etchback, desmear, and other plasma treatment services or request a quote for an in-depth price analysis today.