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Photonic curing tool assists printed electronics makers


NOVACENTRIX PulseForge 1300 state-of-the-art photonic curing tool heats functional inks and thin films in milliseconds without heating underlying or adjacent substrates. Units are used to dry, sinter, or anneal thin-film materials on substrate materials such as polymers and paper. Units also drive UV processes, and initiate and modulate reactions in materials such as the Metalon ICI-series of copper-oxide reduction inks. These tools are intended for product manufacturers in printed electronics who require options to traditional use of materials and processing tools such as ovens or lasers. Suitable for research and development, units save time and enable new types of products in applications like solar, RFID, displays, smart packaging, and even flexible circuits.

PulseForge 1300 features a redundant optical shrouding around the lamp assembly and the multiple EMO safety pull-switches are readily apparent. Others, such as the sealed and gasketed sample processing chamber, the redundant panel/enclosure interlocks, and the numerous software system checks are less obvious. Unit has been upgraded to deliver 40% more peak power and delivers up to 35kW/cm2 of user-selectable delivered peak radiant power- the highest delivered peak power available in any photonic curing tool currently in production anywhere in the world. In addition, the average power delivery and the total energy delivery have been substantially increased. 

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