SunRay Scientific, a leader in solutions for flex circuit and printed electronics manufacturing, have announced that it is launching NANOGLOW™ water-based, nano-silver inks for roll-to-roll printing of conductive traces on low temperature substrates such as polyester and paper.
The NANGLOW™ products are designed for flexographic/gravure printing and will be complementary to SunRay's existing MAXIGLOW™ portfolio of silver/carbon inks, dielectrics, and epoxies which are designed for screen printing of membrane switches, and other printed electronics applications.
"Printed electronics has a bright future and NANOGLOW™ ink products are uniquely positioned to deliver the cost savings and high throughput needs for manufacturers in multiple markets," said Hari Venugopalan, Vice President, Business Development at SunRay Scientific. "Adding NANOGLOW™ nano silver inks to our existing conductive ink, dielectric and epoxy products allow us to provide a one-stop shop for our customers. The aqueous based nano silver inks will enable us to lower the carbon footprint for our customer, which is a key part of our strategy."
Printed electronics refers to electronic devices created by printing methods such as screen printing, flex printing and has multiple end user applications in displays, sensors, photovoltaics, medical diagnostics etc.
The manufacture of fully printed electronic devices requires conductive, dielectric and semiconductor inks and growth in printed electronics is expected to drive tremendous growth in the ink market.
According to IdTechEx, the market for printed and potentially printed electronics will rise from $1.9 billion in 2009 to $57 billion in 2019.
"Unlike conventional thick film silver inks, the nanosilver in the NANOGLOW™ sinters during curing which results in five times lower sheet resistivity. The lower sheet resistivity enables our customers to use less silver ink for conductive traces which results in lower cost," said Joe Mazzochette, Chief Technology Officer at SunRay Scientific. "In addition, the curing temperatures are comparatively lower which is conducive for processing on low temperature substrates such as plastic and paper and the nanometer size of the silver enables finer lines and spaces. We expect that the cost, throughput and processing benefits of NANOGLOW™ will enable electronics manufacturers to process more devices using printing methods and accelerate the adoption of printed electronic products."
Samples of NANOGLOW™ silver inks are available from SunRay Scientific.
About SunRay Scientific:
SunRay Scientific (SRS) is a supplier of advanced materials for printed electronics manufacturing and lead free packaging. Our key focus is the development of conductive inks, epoxies and anisotropic conductive adhesives that minimize waste, eliminate use of lead, and reduce carbon footprint in electronics manufacturing.
For more information visit: www.sunrayscientific.com .
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