Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services


First stencil-free solder paste printer

19 October 2005 Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services

At this year's Productronica trade show, Mydata will unveil its latest solution for flexible production. The MY500 jet printer is the SMT industry's first stencil-free printer, according to the manufacturer. This revolutionary new concept for applying solder paste to PCBs offers many advantages over the industry's standard screen printer.

The MY500 gets its name from its speed. It uses a patented jet printing technology to shoot volumes of solder paste at 500 dots per second (1,8 million dots/h), allowing the electronics manufacturing industry to more quickly optimise the solder paste application process.

Because the MY500 Jet Printer needs no stencils, operators can change the print program in a matter of seconds. Furthermore, they can control the volume of solder paste deposits for each pad - an 'on-demand' benefit that is not possible with conventional screen printers. To develop the jet printing technology, Mydata teamed up with leading solder paste suppliers, including Nihon Almit and Senju Metal Industry.

Other benefits to stencil-free production include: no more waiting for stencils to arrive from stencils manufacturers; no more stencil production costs; no more hazardous solvents to clean stencils; instant control over paste volumes on pads; flexible programming possibilities; reduction of errors associated with screen printers; lower consumption of solder paste.

Mydata is represented by MyKay Tronics in South Africa.



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