The Utilization of Thermal Transfer Technology for Printing UHF Antenna
DENE TAYLOR, President, SPF-Inc.,
Digital printing is the most profitable sector of the traditional printing markets, even though it has displaced only a small amount of analog (screen, offset & flexography) business. The business model for adoption is called The Digital Print Value Proposition. Value is derived from providing economical short runs, printing on-demand only the quantity required now. Being fully digital errors are greatly reduced and set-ups are very short. Digital also permits total customization and distributed printing. It must of course still be cost effective.
Printed flexible electronics has not before had a digital option that could properly provide the value, primarily because of capital cost required for inkjet printing and curing of metallic inks. That has changed with the introduction of the Metallograph® Continuous Metal Thermal Transfer Technology. Thermal transfer is from a ribbon in a print engine typically the same size as a desktop toner printer. There is no liquid ink, no drying, no curing and no sintering. It is ideal for printing UHF antennas whenever an etched version is not readily available. The performance, value propositions, market position and technology will be explained, so participants can appreciate where Metallograph belongs in their own businesses.