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Product Showcase: Chemcut XLi

At Chemcut, we offer three different product platforms for wet processing equipment. We offer the 2300 series, the Chemcut XLi, and the CC8000 model. Each one has its strengths, but today we will discuss the XLi model. Here are some great qualities the Chemcut XLi equipment has to offer.

1. Customizable

A customized Chemcut XLi etch and strip line.

Since the XLi model has a modular structure, you can customize your machine to perform any process you desire. With modular construction, adding or moving modules can be done easily.

2. Adaptable

Chemcut’s XLi is suitable for many tasks. Whichever your industry or company size, the XLi will be a good fit. Whether you need to use harsh chemistries, transport thin material, or operate reel-to-reel, the XLi can be designed to suit your needs.

3. Suitable for Large Production

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In the XLi, you can get features that allow you to process more items in a smaller timeframe. With the XLi, you can get conveyor widths up to 60 inches allowing you to get more effective conveyor space, and you can get larger etch chambers so you can run your conveyor at a higher speed without any changes in things like etch depth or develop time.

If you are looking for a chemical etching line that’s customizable, versatile, and efficient, you should consider our XLi model. If you are interested in the XLi model but have more questions, you can send your questions to us here, or you can even arrange to visit our customer lab to receive a demonstration of how it works.

9 Industries Chemcut Serves

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Chemcut custom-designs and manufactures horizontal wet processing equipment for organizations of all shapes and sizes. Our equipment is so versatile that all sorts of different industries can utilize Chemcut products. Chemcut equipment frequently serves many industries, and some of the applications may surprise you. Here are the 9 main industries Chemcut serves.

1. Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing

In 1957, Chemcut, then known as centre circuits, developed the first conveyorized double-sided spray etcher to make the chemical etching process practical for both high volume and prototype production. These early conveyorized etchers were primarily used for printed circuit board production. In the ’50s and ’60s, world consumption of electrical and electronic devices dramatically increased causing strong demand for affordable and efficient printed circuit boards (PCBs).  Today, Chemcut wet processing equipment continues to be widely used by the PCB industry.

2. Chemical Milling

With the introduction of conveyorized etching equipment, it was quickly recognized that these machines could be used to efficiently produce precise, burr-free metal parts in high volumes through the chemical etching process.  The Photo Chemical Machining (PCM) industry remains a significant user of Chemcut wet processing equipment.  

3. Glass and Flat Panel Display

Chemcut also manufactures specialized equipment for glass and flat panel display (FPD) manufacturing. Common applications for Chemcut products include glass pre & post-cleaning, glass etching, resist developing, and resist stripping.

4. Medical

The need for precise and biocompatible medical implants lead the Medical industry to chemical etching of materials such as Nitinol, (nickel-titanium), and titanium. Chemcut etchers are used with hydrofluoric etchants to produce biocompatible implanted metal parts.

5. Metal Finishing

Chemcut offers both mechanical and chemical finishing systems. These systems offer quick, uniform, and precise solutions to plating, cleaning, decorative finishing, and deburring circuit boards and metal panels.

6. Photovoltaic

Chemcut conveyorized processing systems are available for multiple steps in traditional silicon and alternative photovoltaic panel manufacturing process.

7. Semiconductors

Chemcut equipment can also be efficient in non-traditional processing of semiconductor products.

8. Sign and Nameplates

The sign and nameplate industry is also one that benefits from the use of Chemcut equipment. Whether your shop is small or large, Chemcut will build the right piece of equipment for you and provide the support you need.

9. Waste Treatment

Chemcut also manufactures waste treatment equipment to be complimentary with your etching process.

Since Chemcut products can be used in so many different ways, the industries discussed above are only some of the industries that utilize Chemcut products. Whatever industry you are in, we can meet your wet processing needs because we custom design our machines to suit your needs. Whether you need it customized for traditional or non-traditional manufacturing in your industry, we will help you develop your process and design equipment that is most suitable for you.

Etch Uniformity – 7 Reasons to Consider Intermittent Spray

In chemical etching, one of the growing areas of innovation that we discussed in “5 Areas to Expect Growth In Chemical Etching” was etch uniformity. Etch uniformity is becoming crucial to obtaining consistent results across larger panels. Whether the panels are for printed circuit boards or etching multiple parts, better uniformity will increase production. The difficulty in receiving an equal etch across a panel is caused by the “puddle effect” — an effect where diffusion is limited in the middle of the panel due to a higher puddle depth. This effect causes the edges to etch faster than the middle. Many companies have developed methods around the puddle effect, such as vacuum etching, but the best available solution is intermittent spray. Here are 7 reasons why intermittent spray is the best etch uniformity solution on the market.

1. Simpler Design

Our patented intermittent spray is the perfect etch uniformity solution if you are looking to improve your process but not increase the complexity of your machine. If you are limited on space on your shop floor, adding an intermittent spray won’t be an issue. It is compact and contributes a minimal addition of length to your etching system. If you already have a modular etching line but want better uniformity, an intermittent spray module can be easily added.

2. Lower Machine Costs

The simplistic design of intermittent spray also means a lower cost. Its compact design does not require many resources or much manufacturing time — thus allowing it to have a low capital cost in comparison to other etch uniformity solutions.

3. Lower Maintenance Downtime and Costs

The simple design also means easier, less expensive maintenance.

4. Faster Etching Rate

Intermittent spray provides a etch uniformity solution that does not hold back etch rates.

5. Able to Transport Thinner Products

Since this solution only consists of an additional area to spray etchant, it poses no limit to material thickness.

6. Higher Yield

Intermittent spray modules can boost yield by obtaining a uniform etch across a panel without introducing a higher risk of damaged panels.

7. Lower Operation Costs

With intermittent spray, there is no loss of etchant in the process and there are fewer utilities required to function.

If you are looking for an efficient way to improve your etch uniformity, intermittent spray is the best solution available. With it, you’ll receive a more even etch through your panels without introducing more complex and expensive systems. If you want to see how well our intermittent spray will perform on your panels, you should consider having samples etched in our in-house customer lab. Should you want to arrange a visit or request having samples etched, please contact us.

Product Showcase: 2300 Series

At Chemcut we offer three different product platforms for wet processing equipment. We offer the 2300 series, the XLi series, and the CC8000 series. Each one has its strengths, but today we will discuss the 2300 series. The 2300 series is a model that targets the quick turn and prototype markets. Here are the four unique qualities the Chemcut 2300 series equipment has to offer.

1. Small Footprint

The 2300 series’ compact design allows it to be suitable for businesses of all sizes. With this series, you can save space while getting the productivity and efficiency of a conveyorized system.

2. Reduced Sump Size

This feature requires less chemistry on-site and allows for a quick change of process chemistries. A smaller sump also means less rinse water that will need treatment after cleaning out the machine.

3. Quick and efficient installation.

This compactness of the 2300 series means easier installation and maintenance without sacrificing product performance.

4. Scalable to large production levels.

The 2300 series technical performance is easily scalable to large volume equipment like the Chemcut XLi or C8000 series.

If you are looking for a chemical etching line but need something compact, easy to maintain, and cost-efficient, you should consider our 2300 model. If you are interested in the 2300 series but have more questions, you can send your questions to us here, or you can even arrange to visit our customer lab to receive a demonstration of how it works.