announced that it signed an agreement with NextFlex to expand existing endurance test capabilities at the latter.
Under the agreement, Bayflex, the authorized representative of YUASA Systems in North America and Europe, will add to the suite of YUASA endurance testing equipment installed at the NextFlex Technology Hub in San Jose, CA. The equipment will be used by NextFlex, its members, as well as by Bayflex Solutions.
Under the agreement, Bayflex Solutions will upgrade and expand its suite of test equipment that allows for precise mechanical testing of flexible and flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) devices and systems.
Capabilities include folding and stretching samples of various sizes, including multiple samples simultaneously, with tension-free mechanisms to isolate test characteristics.
Also, NextFlex will have early access to FlexData, a software package enabling system control and data collection, as well as predictive analytics and storage via a cloud platform, under development by Bayflex.
Finally, Bayflex also intends to install an imaging system with a proximity sensor package.
“NextFlex looks forward to expanding its capabilities for endurance testing,” said Art Wall, Ph.D., director of Fab Operations for NextFlex. “The ability to repeatedly and precisely flex, stretch, and fold materials and devices enables NextFlex and its members to conduct accelerated lifetime tests, and evaluate a variety of printing and component attach processes as part of our goal to prove system reliability.”
“Bayflex Solutions is excited to grow the relationship with NextFlex, and to have the ability to support cutting-edge FHE manufacturing development,” added Eisuke Tsuyuzaki, founder, Bayflex Solutions. “Along with our manufacturing partner YUASA Systems, Bayflex Solutions has been supporting NextFlex since 2017, and we are happy to extend the relationship and offer the latest test systems and software to NextFlex."