The potential benefit of functionally integrated components made of steel and aluminum has sparked global research in methods to weld these two dissimilar staple metals for many years. The ability to leverage steel and aluminum alloys in mixed metallic components could dramatically reduce the weight of automobiles and planes without sacrificing mechanical strength, and offers consumer and medical device [...] Read More
One of our mottos at Accumet is to “trust the weld – with data.” By this, we mean that our design teams take every necessary step to ensure a solid, repeatable weld, that will hold up to the most rigorous of environmental conditions. We have previously explained the importance of laser welded hermetic seals and the process by which these seals are made. In our two-part blog we presented [...] Read More
What is your position at Accumet?
I am a Laser Welder.
Have you held any positions within Accumet other than laser welding?
Yes, I've also worked in our lapping, polishing (pad and kiss), edge grinding and dicing departments.
What do you like most about working at Accumet?
I really enjoy helping others and I appreciate the opportunity to increase my skills and work on interesting [...] Read More
“Laser” stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Simply put, laser welding uses a laser's energy to generate heat in a focused beam. The beam is focused on a designated area, and energy is then pulsed through the beam and directed at that area. The beam causes the metal or metals to heat and melt at the point of the target, or “weld”. In their [...] Read More
In 1970, when Accumet Engineering Corporation first opened its doors, the American landscape was post-industrial, but pre-automation. But in a small factory in Hudson, Massachusetts, the future of American manufacturing was being engineered by a handful of forward-thinkers.
Our accomplishments over the last 50 years include:
* Moving from paper job tickers and spreadsheets of the past to a [...] Read More
In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore predicted, based on careful observations of emerging technological trends, the steady, two-year cadence of chip improvements that would double a processor's performance every couple of years, while simultaneously decreasing its relative cost. While far from prophetic, “Moore's Law”, as it came to be known, would hold true for decades, and serve [...] Read More
When we say the word absorbers, you can intuit its meaning from the "absorb" base of the word: absorbers absorb things. Think of sponges: they absorb water or other liquids. Absorbers in the RF/microwave world are used in a wide range of applications to absorb and thereby eliminate stray or unwanted radiation that could interfere with the operation of a system or device. Elements [...] Read More
Lapping and Polishing are processes which are performed to achieve a desired surfaced finish, thickness, parallelism and flatness of any substrate. An application may warrant highly demanding tolerances that off-the-shelf stock or “as-fired” material simply cannot achieve. Accumet has developed several unique substrate lapping machining processes that achieve extremely tight tolerances [...] Read More
What do you like most about working at Accumet?
I love the people the most. This includes my managers as well as my co-workers. I love how we consistently work together as a team with equal measures of collaboration and camaraderie to accelerate the manufacturing process for our customers. There is no dissension. We make it a point to share our expertise. This is because we all focus on the end-result, [...] Read More
Accumet Engineering, Inc. is proud to announce its recent investment in new QA equipment and continuing commitment to AS9100 certification. Thanks to these measures, Accumet is more than ever a suitable advanced manufacturer for the aerospace; medical; and land, sea and air defense sectors. In line with its ongoing mission of technical excellence, the company has immediately put this new equipment [...] Read More
Nobody likes being the culprit of rework. That's why design for manufacturability (DFM) is a key skill for any design engineer. But as devices get smaller and the intricate details get closer together, DFM becomes an art form. For electro-mechanical engineers looking for perfection while working with processed metals, getting tolerances dead-on perfect at the prototyping phase is essential to achieving [...] Read More
When RF designers are weighing material choices and considering circuit design during prototype development, Accumet's material and process engineers are available to help make the right decisions about optimal tolerances and layouts for laser processing ceramic substrates. You can tap into Accumet's extensive knowledge of ceramic substrates and RF materials, circuit design, anticipated [...] Read More
With hundreds of customers served each year and millions of products shipped, we're proud to announce that over half of our business is in support of the medical instrument and device industry. We consult with research universities and corporate labs to share our insights about the reaction of materials during production and our risk of failure reasoning. We are always examining our [...] Read More
When plating through holes in a printed circuit board, sometimes vias are filled irregularly. The result is raised bumps along surface of board. There was a time where this was not a problem, but in the age of surface mount components, surface planarity is critical. This is because adjacent, low-profile components may be affected by the surplice of metal.
How can Accumet help with via filling?
Accumet [...] Read More
Accumet has been recognized as being one of a few critical partners and industry leaders by Microwaves and RF magazine. We have pioneered and remain at the forefront of every advanced technique for ceramic lapping and polishing and laser processing, and because of this commitment, we're a leading supply chain partner of microelectronics components to every corner of the RF/microwave [...] Read More
We often engage in conversations with our RF and microelectronics and medical industries supply chain managers about their unique purchasing requirements for substrates and related advanced material processing needs. What we hear most often is that without smaller ceramic substrates stocking distributors like us who offer Toshiba, Kyocera, Coorstek, Corning, Ceramtech and Dynasil substrates with a [...] Read More
If you’re a fan of good TV commercials you’ve probably been enjoying AT&T’s most recent campaign “Just OK is not OK". As a product designer, researcher, engineer, product manager, or production manager, you can surely relate. Perhaps you’ve received a response back from less experienced laser job shops like: “Just send us your specs. We’ll figure it [...] Read More
When selecting an effective marking method, every application is unique; different materials interact differently with laser energy. A variety of factors, from materials to finishes can affect your final outcome. There are a number of laser marking processes to choose from such as ablation, engraving, etching and more. Choosing the right method to achieve a permanent mark for your application [...] Read More
Accumet is an experienced and respected microelectronic materials supplier and proud to be a reseller and processing center for Toshiba®, Kyocera®, Ceramtec®, CoorsTek®, Corning®, and Dynasil® ceramic substrates and other materials. We offer stocking plans and processing services to meet your production schedules, and can deliver quick prototypes and samples to your [...] Read More
To remain competitive and satisfy their customers, manufacturers face increasing demands for ever-faster delivery. To respond, more and more manufacturers are looking to looking to outsource some or all of their production to one stop shop advanced processing manufacturers. The decision to outsource manufacturing processes might not be an easy one. But once that decision has been made, how do you choose [...] Read More
Mark your calendars to visit us at booth #2401 at the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Los Angeles, California June 21st to 26th, 2020. Accumet Engineering, Inc. is a full service, single source manufacturer of advanced ceramic material processing and laser machining services from our two facilities in Hudson and Westford, MA.
RF/microwave designers can learn more about [...] Read More
Greg Sexton, president and CEO, sits down with Microwaves & RF to discuss Accumet's history, its many capabilities, and some of the challenges he is seeing going forward.
Interview excerpt from Microwaves & RF:
First, can you tell us a little about what Accumet does?
"I’d like Accumet to be known as an advanced materials processing house—not just a laser [...] Read More
Our latest spotlight is about Melida Aizpurua, Accumet’s talented and long serving Sales Manager. Our Employee Spotlights focus on the individuals who work hard to help Accumet innovate and accelerate the manufacturing process for our clients.
What is your role at Accumet?
I take pride in being a trusted advisor to our clients for over 20 years. As Sales Manager, I lead a wonderful [...] Read More
As an advanced materials processing house and full-service precision laser machining, lapping and polishing center, we expertly process and stock all the critical inventory you need for your RF/microwave, microelectronics, areospace, defense, medical, dental, automotive, industrial material and marketing promotional needs.
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We are a 40 year [...] Read More
Accumet’s automated, computerized scribing and dicing service is a convenient, fast and economical way to subdivide a wide variety of substrate materials after customers have patterned or fully plated them. Using state-of-the-art equipment, we can scribe or dice rectangular or other shaped parts up to .150''-thick in geometries and as small as 0.005'' x 0.005''. Accuracy [...] Read More
Accumet's highly skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable laser machining staff are able to operate modern laser machining equipment and help customers who are new to laser machining, transitioning from traditional mechanical methods, or who are leveraging laser machining to provide cutting-edge products and services to their customers. Visit our Laser Cutting page to learn more or Get a Quote [...] Read More
Accumet has been providing lapping and polishing services for the most demanding applications for nearly half a century. Accumet expert technicians are able to offer an array of grinding, lapping, polishing, and machining services for pre-processing and post processing of most types of materials. Visit our Lapping and Polishing pages to learn more or Get a Quote today for any of your service needs. [...] Read More
Accumet offers flexible high quality marking services for a wide range of materials and surfaces with fast delivery. For most manufacturers, buying an industrial laser cutting machine is a major investment. If the wrong equipment is chosen, you have to live with the decision for quite a long time. We continually invest in state-of-the-art production equipment, highly skilled [...] Read More
In part 1 of this 2-part blog series on laser welding hermetic seals, we presented insight on understanding the materials that are ideally suited for packages, lids, and seals, which laser technology is right for the job, and which laser welded joint types are to best to use.
IV. Consider Final Testing and Potential Rework in Advance
Final testing stages of a hermetically sealed [...] Read More
Hermetic seals are used throughout the high-tech industry to provide maximum packaged
protection from environmental elements that can reduce the reliability and required lifetime of
critical electronics. Laser welded (or laser fusion welded) hermetic seals are the certified
method governed by many military and aerospace quality and reliability standards (MIL-STDs).
Devices designed to (or near [...] Read More
Our new tech brief "5 Keys to Perfecting Hermetic Seals with Laser Welding" offers DFM tips for optimizing Hermetic Seals.
Hermetic seals are used throughout the high-tech industry to provide maximum packaged protection from environmental elements that can reduce the reliability and required lifetime of critical electronics. Laser welded (or laser fusion welded) hermetic seals are the [...] Read More
With an aging global population and a surge of innovative new healthcare related technologies, it is no surprise that the medical device and tooling industry is expanding rapidly, and competition is increasing. The latest in medical tool and device designs, such as sensors, tubes, and surgical tools and devices, are now demanding levels of precision that are forcing manufacturers to leverage new fabrication [...] Read More
Many solid-state power electronics, including those used in high-powered LED, RF/Microwave, electric vehicle, train and rail, electrical infrastructures, and military applications rely on physically and thermally robust ceramic materials as a base. These ceramic materials are bonded to thermally and electrically conductive metals to help transfer thermal energy to heat spreaders/ heat sinks and away [...] Read More
There are vast opportunties for medical tool, instrument, or device designers to leverage the power of laser cutting, marking, and welding technology to create innovative and disruptive solutions in healthcare. Examples include exploring new metals and alloys that might otherwise be impossible to weld for next-generation surgical and dental tools, precision cutting of adhesives to provide [...] Read More
The latest high power radar systems require both extreme RF power density and longterm reliability, for which careful design and material choices are necessary. This Tech Brief is aimed at high power circuit and system designers, the brief details the common ceramic and semiconductor material choices encountered by designers, and offers insight on the advantages, disadvantages, and tradeoffs of each [...] Read More
Accumet Engineering, Inc., located in Hudson, MA and Laser Services Inc, located in Westford, MA are pleased to announce we have offically merged under the brand name Accumet. Accumet is well known for pioneering advanced precision lapping and polishing approaches to ceramic, silica, and metals, while Laser Services is a leader in providing, fast, dependable, and precise laser cutting, [...] Read More
Lapping, polishing, and grinding are machining techniques that refine a substrate to exact dimensions and tolerances for optimal circuit metallization during both thick and thin film circuit technology procedures. Because the “as-fired”, or as delivered, condition of ceramic, fused silica, or titanate substrates are most often imperfect (wavy, pitted, bumpy, varied in thickness), one or [...] Read More
With advances in laser processing techniques being unveiled everyday, here are 5 myths we’d like to debunk for you that may have kept you from thinking laser machining was the answer to your industrial cutting challenges.
Myth #1: Laser cutting certain materials is new
Laser cutting was first introduced in the 1960s and became widely adopted in the early 1980s. Today, laser machining [...] Read More
Choice of ceramic materials, circuit layouts, and singulation methods are key to achieving the required cost, fabrication time, size, weight, and yield of your laserprocessed microelectronics substrates.
When it comes to shaping, drilling, and singulating circuit ceramic substrates, lasers offer key advantages compared to other methods, such as mechanical dicing (with a saw or die), water jetting, [...] Read More
Understanding laser ablation vs. chemical etching and solder dams when looking to control solder flow or remove layers of unwanted materials from a printed circuit board (PCB) or integrated circuit (IC), is pretty basic science.
Laser ablation is a process that removes layers of materials from the surface of a solid object while leaving the base material intact. It offers built-in advantages that [...] Read More
Asking the right Laser Processing questions early in the relationship can avoid challenges later.
If you think you might have a project that requires laser processing, such as cutting, welding, drilling, marking or etching, there are certain things you should find out before moving forward. Whether you are an expert in this field or only have limited experience working with a laser [...] Read More
Accumet is a key supplier to many dental and surgical tool manufacturers. We optimize the manufacturability of these tools during the prototype phases. We regularly work with designers at these companies during the design and prototype phase to optimize the manufacturability of these tools. Once prototypes have been approved we have the staff and capability to handle full scale production.
We provide [...] Read More
Do you have an application that requires intricate patterns cut in a tube? Do you need tubes with holes through one side?
From cutting patterns in titanium tubing for world class bicycles or rotary marking surgical instruments, Accumet can do it. We have capacity to cut, drill or mark from 10" in diameter down to a .050".
Learn more about our services and how we can help you and contact [...] Read More
Accumet is your go-to resource for your microwave assemblies that utilize silicon rubber, reinforced silicon rubber, Teflon, RF absorber material, and frozen epoxy.
We can provide these parts as separate items or in complete matched sets, pre-kitted for your assembly floor. We stock all of these materials to ensure fast lead times and lower costs.
Contact our technical support team to get [...] Read More
Product manufacturers may wish to consider laser marking as an alternative to screen printing (also called silk screening) when looking to permanently mark a surface such as with a bar code, a serial number, a logo, or calibration settings. Depending on the application, laser marking and screen printing each have their pluses and minuses — although for most applications laser marking is faster, [...] Read More
Laser ablation is a process that product manufacturers may wish to consider when looking to remove unwanted materials from a part’s surface or when they wish to control solder flow on a PCB — typically so excess solder does not travel where it’s not supposed to and cause electrical shorting. For cleaning a surface the technology that laser ablation typically replaces is chemical milling. [...] Read More
Each method has its relative pluses and minuses and no one method fits every situation. The thickness of the stock to be cut, hardness of the stock, whether or not the stock is stacked or layered, your cost and timing requirements, and the desired condition of the material after it’s been cut are among the key factors that determine which method is right for a particular job. There are also some [...] Read More
When the object you wish to engrave has a circumference, the method of choice is typically rotary engraving, especially if you wish to engrave the object on more than one side. It is usually far easier to rotate the object on a spindle than it is to rotate the engraving equipment around the object. Most rotary engraving falls into one of two broad camps. One is mechanical rotary engraving, in which [...] Read More
Product designers and process engineers considering laser welding as an alternative to more conventional types of welding, such as MIG/TIG arc welding, will find each has its plusses and minuses. But for many applications laser welding is a cleaner, more precise, and more controlled method of welding and is especially useful when looking to bond small, thin materials such as medical tools, foils, and [...] Read More
“We’re responding to customer demand to cut, drill, weld, and mark a wider range of thicker, denser, and more diverse metals and materials than ever before,” said Greg Sexton, President of Accumet, “Our new fiber-guided laser has an incredibly focused beam and ultra-precise motion for advanced processing needs. And the table we had them customize handles sheets up to 10 feet.”
The [...] Read More
Without the right laser choices and expertise a job shop might set you up to accept limitations you might not have to, take twice as long to process a job, could aid in you failing incoming visual inspections, provide limited bond strength, and ultimately create lower yields and higher costs. “Trying it” on an ill-equipped laser, in other words, is not something you want to endure.
But [...] Read More
From bio implants, to surgical instruments, to lab equipment, and more, a wide range of products in the medical field have very similar requirements when it comes to welding medical devices.
Here’s a question: If you manufacture devices, tools, instruments, or appliances for the medical industry - whether for the surgical suite, hospital lab, medical clinic, dental office, or other [...] Read More
The design of your microelectronics circuit is a huge factor in determining whether its ceramic substrate can be laser cut. Here are some factors to consider as you design.
Almost every week it happens — an electronics component manufacturer asks if we can cut the ceramic substrate of a microelectronics circuit they have already designed. Of course we’re always happy to take a look. [...] Read More
When you need an ally that can help you with prototypes ahead of the volume order, the best partner will be able to answer some key questions right up front.
- Can this idea be manufactured within the budget and timeframe specified?
- Will they break, corrode, or otherwise be damaged either during manufacturing or later when deployed in the actual application?
- Are the materials, [...] Read More
If you’re looking to engrave a barcode, serial number, photograph, piece of artwork, a logo, or some decorative lettering onto a curved object, then laser rotary engraving is your best option. Mechanical rotary engraving methods such as diamond dragging, stamping or dot peening tend to be slower, require more setup time, and are more limited in the variety of patterns they can engrave. Lasers [...] Read More
Invented in 1960, the laser was introduced to the plant floor just five years later when the first production laser-cutting machine was used to drill holes in diamond dies. But even though lasers have had a long and successful history in manufacturing, people still have a lot of questions about them in that role. So we thought it would be helpful to have our resident expert, Laser Man, answer the top [...] Read More
Laser welding is much cleaner than conventional arc or Tig welding, and therefore helps risk of contamination. It’s also more precise, easier to automate, and provides for bonding of much thinner metals, and provides for much greater tensile and bending strength.
If arc welding is typically part of your product manufacturing process you may wish to consider laser welding instead. Unlike [...] Read More
When you see BYOB on a party invitation, you know what your host wants you to do. And when you have a BYOD policy at work, you know your boss wants you to bring your own device (smartphone or laptop) to the office. Both BYOB and BYOD are very popular. So what about BYOL? Is buying your own laser a good idea too?
For most manufacturers, probably not, and here’s why:
BYOL Carries Costs and [...] Read More
Accumet stocks and delivers a variety of high-performance frozen epoxies from Ablestik™, Emerson & Cuming, and Henkel. The most popular frozen epoxy we work with is Ablestik’s Ablefilm® 5025E – a silver-filled, unsupported epoxy adhesive-film designed to provide very thin, uniformed bond lines. These high-performance epoxies are kept in stock, and laser cut and drilled while [...] Read More
If you are a product manufacturer how do you know which technology is a better way to cut your materials: laser cutting or water jet cutting? (We covered the relative merits of a third technology, die cutting, in another blog article.) As with most things in life, no one answer fits every situation. The thickness of the material to be cut, your cost and timing requirements, and the desired condition [...] Read More
To reduce project risk, cost and delays, don’t wait until the last minute to engage your laser services provider.
When it comes to laser services a lot of customers want it done yesterday. That may be because windows of opportunities are closing, or because downstream assemblers are waiting for the part, or because revenue targets are at risk — or maybe because there was not sufficient [...] Read More
When considering laser services like cutting, etching, or welding don’t just buy a part; hire a design partner. You’ll reduce costs, speed up production and get a better product.
There are many questions to consider when assessing what’s the value of a manufactured part or component to your end product, your business and your end user-customer. Questions like: How much will the [...] Read More
Accumet has announced the addition of a new metrology system for measuring precision parts. The Boulder Imaging ML Series metrology system measures and records single or multiple high-precision, two-dimensional parts in seconds, dramatically reducing inspection time
As a full-service, high-power laser company for precision laser cutting, drilling, scribing, marking and welding, Accumet realized [...] Read More
Here are 3 Simple Reasons the Laser is King Over DIE Cutting
You see, the thing about laser cutting is, well, it’s not just one thing – unless we’re referring to the monochromatic, coherent, collimated power surge generated by the light beam itself – but let’s not delve into a physics lesson here. We might find ourselves lost in the land of limits, summations, [...] Read More
Accumet's former Laser Services facility in Westford, MA is currently ISO 2015 and AS-9100C registered. The certificate number is 16677 and it was issued October 30, 2016. (Accumet's Hudson, MA operation will be soon completing the registration under the new corporate name in early 2019). The certification verifies a company commitment to a Total Quality Management System as: “applicable [...] Read More