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Great Lakes Engineering to Expand in Electronics Industry

Apr 02, 2015

Great Lakes Engineering, a distributor of Henkel Solder Paste and a cutting edge manufacturer of surface mount stencils, precision laser cut parts, photo chemical machined parts, and Lucon Squeegee Blades, is breaking into the electronics industry in a big way.

With experience in the defense, medical, electronics, aviation, energy, telecommunications, and computer industries, Great Lakes Engineering is now positioning themselves to gain more traction in the electronics manufacturing industry due to the increased demand for small, precision cut parts.

As the industry trends towards miniaturization and wearables, standards are being raised and leading to finer pitch requirements, higher tolerances and greater repeatability. Great Lakes Engineering offers state-of-the-art laser technology which enables customers to experience positional accuracy unattainable with conventional technology. Through this process, they can manufacture a laser cut stencil with aperture openings down to .003 inches. For optimum paste release, all laser cut stencils are tapered to be a 1/2 mil.

Great Lakes Engineering employs computer-controlled Lumonics Screen Cut™ lasers and a Tannlin T8-SPS to cut stencils and thin foil parts to extremely high tolerance. The process is more precise, faster, and cleaner than chemical etching. It also requires little if any post-manufacturing processing and poses fewer direct environmental concerns.

Many of the same products can be manufactured using different processes. Great Lakes Engineering has the experience to determine which process is appropriate for the application, tolerances, longevity, durability and cost.To learn more, visit www.greatlakeseng.com.


Founded by John M. Carr in 1986, Great Lakes Engineering capitalized on the market demand for photo chemically machined parts and incorporated state-of-the-art laser stencil technology. The company is a manufacturer of surface mount stencils, precision laser cut parts and photo chemical machined parts for the defense, medical, electronics, aviation, energy, telecommunications, and computer industries.

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