Choosing a PCB Printing Solution

The hardware Printed Circuit Board industry is advancing as new creation advances become accessible easily. Direct computerized printing is making advances into the customary photolithography and screen printing measures that have been utilized to fabricate PCB throughout the previous twenty years.

Here we will zero in on the utilization of direct advanced printing to individualize PCBs only preceding their gathering. The objective is to print a novel blemish on each board that can be utilized to distinguish the board. The imprint should be perpetual and will most likely contain 1D or 2D machine discernible codes alongside alpha numeric characters. The imprints should have a 600 DPI (spots per inch) goal or better because of size limitations on the PCB. We will likewise zero in on applications that require more that 1,000,000 sheets for each year. At these volumes computerized material taking care of begins to turn out to be critical to the general achievement of the framework.

High volume PCB fabricators use screen printing with thermally restored ink to print the legends that cover each side of the board.  As of now advanced printing can not print the entire side of a board at a value that rivals screen printing. Despite the fact that numerous printers, including the PPS7000, could print all the classification on the board, here we will zero in on utilizing computerized printing just to print the individualizing marks.

A few individualizing choices exist including the accompanying:

Preprinted Label Application

Numerous low volume items start with names imprinted on office hardware and hand applied to each PCB before or after gathering. As the item volumes incline the unwavering quality and cost of hand applying names turns into an issue. Robotized frameworks that print and apply names are accessible. (see this site ) Because of PCB space requirements these frameworks should put names precisely, a major issue for some name application frameworks. The names are not perpetual. At high volumes the names are more costly than other checking strategies.

Focal points

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

Consistent ink-stream innovation has been adjusted to blemish on numerous mechanical items including PCBs. With these frameworks a constant stream of ink beads is guided to the ideal area utilizing electromagnetic fields. Dissolvable put together inks produce lasting imprints with respect to permeable surfaces. The imprints are less lasting on non-permeable surfaces where spreading might be an issue for the brief timeframe its takes to dry.

Focal points

Serious Incremental Cost

High Contrast Mark

Numerous 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

Imprint Not Resistant To Some Cleaning Solvents

Laser Ablated Ink Patches

Numerous ventures use lasers to imprint marks onto an assortment of parts. Lasers have been utilized to imprint marks onto PC sheets with restricted accomplishment because of the absence of difference of the subsequent imprint. A more up to date approach is to have the circuit sheets printed with ink fixes, the ink fix is then specifically eliminated (removed) by the laser making the imprint to be printed. (see here ) PPSI has the capacities to build up a laser based checking framework.

Favorable circumstances

Serious 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 succinct depiction of drop on interest computerized printing see here []. As I would like to think this choice speaks to a slight improvement over choice 2.

Focal points

Serious Incremental Cost

High Contrast Mark

Numerous Colors Available

Simpler Process To Control Than Continuous Ink Jet


Stalemate Distance under 2mm, Suitable For Unpopulated Boards Only

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

Imprint 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 diminish the expense and lead time related with little part screen printing. Fascinating is their thermally restored ink that allegedly has preferable bond capacity over other ink frameworks.

Points of interest

Great Ink Adhesion ?


Requires Large Oven For 350-400 deg F Heat Cure

Doesn’t 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 gooey 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 getting 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 goes through a compound response turning into a strong plastic like substance. The relieved ink is impenetrable to normal solvents.

Points of interest

Serious Incremental Cost

High Contrast With Fine Detail (600 DPI)

Prior to Cure, the Ink Can Be Wiped Off And the Board Reprinted

After fix, 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)

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

The PPS 7000

The PPS7000 has been intended to print individualizing blemishes on PCBs utilizing choice 6. The framework utilizes a SMEMA viable edge belt transport to move PCBs to the print region where they are printed and optically investigated. After review they are passed on to the inline relieving station and afterward out the rear of the machine. While being naturally stacked by a board destacker, boards leave the framework about once at regular intervals. Each board normally contains various sheets that each gets an exceptional chronic number. The general throughput of the machine is exceptionally reliant on the quantity of sheets in each board. The more sheets in each board the higher the throughput in sheets every moment. A simplified WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) programming framework has been built up that permits another board to be modified in around 5 minutes. A disconnected programming framework is likewise accessible.

We are the lone PCB board stamping framework that makes a lasting (dissolvable safe) high differentiation mark, joins SMEMA viable high volume material dealing with and fuses inline review.

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