LORD Corp. Expands Labs, R&D Center

(June 26, 2008) CARY, NC &#151 LORD Corporation, supplier of thermal management materials, adhesives, coatings and encapsulants to the electronics industry, will embark on a $2.5 million renovation to its electronic materials labs in Cary, N.C. The expansion is intended to allow the company to add capabilities for technology development, such as individual package device reliability testing, said John Hill, technology manager for LORD’s electronic boards and components industry group.

According to Hill, ss part of the expansion plan, LORD consolidated labs previously located in Elverson, PA and Indianapolis, IN with their Cary location. The expansion will include roughly 7500 square feet of new or refurbished lab space and more than $600,000 in newly installed instruments and equipment. Examples of new instruments include a Sonix fusion scanning acoustic microscope, Yestech YTX 3000 x-ray, and a Keyence 5000X digital microscope.

LORD has specialized in chemicals for the electronics marketplace since 1961, explained Hill, and has distinguished itself for chemical flexibility and system design. “By consolidating our operations and expanding our tools and development space, we’ll be able to leverage all of our resources and provide more rapid solution development from specialty resin synthesis through custom process design.” said Hill.
According to a company statement. the expansion includes purchase of the latest Finite Element Analysis (FEA) tools to accelerate the development of new products. FEA modelling provides a better understanding of how a product will perform before the final package is constructed, noted Dave Zoba, staff scientist, electronic materials research, LORD.

The consolidation and new equipment will allow LORD to meet the industry’s need of increasing performance standards, explained George Sears, electronic materials, product development manager, LORD.
“This enormous commitment of people, space, equipment and resources will result in better synthesis of raw materials and cellular analysis,” said Sears. “LORD does not offer one-size fits all solutions. Rather, we provide unique, value-added solutions to customers’ requirements.”


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