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Picking a PCB Printing

The gadgets Printed Circuit Board industry is advancing as new creation advances get to be distinctly accessible requiring little to no effort. Coordinate advanced printing is making advances into the conventional photolithography and screen printing forms that have been utilized to make PCB throughout the previous a quarter century.

Here we will concentrate on the utilization of direct advanced printing to individualize PCBs only before their get together. The objective is to print a one of a kind check on every board that can be utilized to recognize the board. The stamp must be lasting and will most likely contain 1D or 2D machine lucid codes alongside alpha numeric characters. The imprints must have a 600 DPI (specks per inch) determination or better because of size requirements on the PCB. We will likewise concentrate on applications that require increasingly that 1,000,000 sheets for each year. At these volumes computerized material taking care of begins to end up distinctly critical to the general achievement of the framework.

High volume PCB fabricators utilize screen printing with thermally cured ink to print the legends that cover every side of the board. Right now advanced printing can not print the entire side of a board at a value that contends with screen printing. Despite the fact that numerous printers, including the PPS7000, could print all the terminology on the board, here we will concentrate on utilizing advanced printing just to print the individualizing marks.

A few individualizing alternatives exist including the accompanying:

Preprinted Label Application

Many low volume items begin with names imprinted on office gear and hand connected to each PCB before or after gathering. As the item volumes incline the unwavering quality and cost of hand applying marks turns into an issue. Robotized frameworks that print and apply marks are accessible. (see this site ) Because of PCB space limitations these frameworks must place names precisely, a major issue for some mark application frameworks. The names are not lasting. At high volumes the names are more costly than other stamping strategies.

Points of interest

Low Initial Cost

High Contrast Mark


Not Permanent

Higher Incremental Cost

Hard to Change Label Size On The Fly

Mechanical Complexity For Automated Application

Dissolvable Based Continuous Ink Jet Digital Printing

Persistent ink-fly innovation has been adjusted to check on numerous modern items including PCBs. With these frameworks a ceaseless stream of ink beads is directed to the coveted area utilizing electromagnetic fields. Dissolvable construct inks deliver perpetual stamps in light of permeable surfaces. The imprints are less perpetual on non-permeable surfaces where spreading might be an issue for the brief span its takes to dry.

Focal points

Focused Incremental Cost

High Contrast Mark

Many Colors Available


Complex Ink Viscosity Process Can Be Difficult To Control

High Resolution (Greater Than 300 DPI) Difficult To Achieve?

Solvents May Be Released Into Atmosphere, Many Companies Trying To Reduce Solvent Issues

Stamp Not Resistant To Some Cleaning Solvents

Laser Ablated Ink Patches

Numerous businesses utilize lasers to imprint marks onto an assortment of parts. Lasers have been utilized to imprint marks onto PC sheets with constrained accomplishment because of the absence of complexity of the subsequent check. A more current approach is to have the circuit sheets printed with ink fixes, the ink fix is then specifically evacuated (removed) by the laser making the stamp to be printed. (see here ) PPSI has the capacities to build up a laser based checking framework.

Favorable circumstances

Aggressive Incremental Cost

High Contrast Mark If Ink Patch Is Used

Fine, Highly Reliable Marks Available With Laser Galvo Head


High Initial Cost

Requires Preprinted Ink Patch

Indeed, even At Low Power Laser warmth May Damage (by Fracture) Traces, Causing Intermittent Reliability Problems

Molecule Generation May Require A Cleaning Step

Piezoelectric Drop On Demand Digital Printing, Solvent Based Ink

For a brief portrayal of drop on request advanced printing see here []. As I would see it this choice speaks to a slight change over alternative 2.

Favorable circumstances

Aggressive Incremental Cost

High Contrast Mark

Many Colors Available

Less demanding Process To Control Than Continuous Ink Jet


Standoff Distance under 2mm, Suitable For Unpopulated Boards Only

Solvents May Be Released Into Atmosphere, Many Companies Trying To Reduce Solvent Emissions

Check Not Resistant To Some Cleaning Solvents

Piezoelectric Drop On Demand Digital Printing, Thermally Cured Ink

A new business in Israel “Printar” has presented a printer focused at low volume, quick turn PCB fabricators who need to decrease the cost and lead time connected with little part screen printing. Intriguing is their thermally cured ink that purportedly has preferable attachment capacity over other ink frameworks.


Great Ink Adhesion ?


Requires Large Oven For 350-400 deg F Heat Cure

Does Not Include High Volume Material Handling

Piezoelectric Drop On Demand Digital Printing, UV Cured Ink

Markem Corporation has built up an ink/print head framework ( the Model 4000, see here ) that few OEMs and integrators are utilizing to print on PCBs. The framework utilizes an ink that is less thick at high temperature and practically strong at room temperature. The print head works at 68 deg C, the ink drops cool when they contact the PCB turning out to be practically strong. This permits the framework to print fine detail on PCBs without ink running or spreading. At the point when presented to UV light the ink experiences a synthetic response turning into a strong plastic like substance. The cured ink is impenetrable to normal solvents.

Points of interest

Focused Incremental Cost

High Contrast With Fine Detail (600 DPI)

Before Cure, the Ink Can Be Wiped Off And the Board Reprinted

After cure, The Ink Can Not Be Removed Except By Scraping

High volume Material Handling Available

Functions admirably With Inline Inspection (Inspect Before Cure, Cure Only Good Boards)


Ink Adhesion Can Be A Problem On Certain Substances

Requires the PCB Be Clean (No Finger Oils)

Standoff Distance Less Than 2mm, Suitable For Unpopulated Boards Only