Conductive Inkjet Technology to install first Metaljet 6000 system and offer a contract manufacturing service from Cambridge UK

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

ISSN: 0954-0911

Article publication date: 11 April 2008

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(2008), "Conductive Inkjet Technology to install first Metaljet 6000 system and offer a contract manufacturing service from Cambridge UK", Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 20 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/ssmt.2008.21920bab.007

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Conductive Inkjet Technology to install first Metaljet 6000 system and offer a contract manufacturing service from Cambridge UK

Article Type: Industry news From: Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Volume 20, Issue 2.

CIT has developed breakthrough LIV curable inks and technology for the direct write of conductive metals onto non-porous substrates.

Printed electronics are set to change the way that low cost, disposable devices will be manufactured in the future and CIT promises to provide the lowest cost enabling technology solution for many such products, including RFID tags, smart packaging and a variety of display applications.

The development of the CIT process for high-speed printing on flexible films is now complete and commercial production has commenced. The newly launched MetaLJet 50 and MetaLJet 5000 platforms enable the CIT process to be used for the production at thin metal inkjet printed circuitry on sheet or reel format which is appropriate for uses ranging from PFED antennas to sensors, keypads, switches and other printed circuits.

With CIT now wholly owned by Carclo plc, all of the CIT activities are being integrated into CIT's Cambridge location. A clean manufacturing and showroom facility has been created to house both the MetaLJet 5000 sheet fed system, which has already entered production in one of Carob's UK manufacturing plants and the first production version of the MetaLJet CYJD system. This high speed reel to reel MetaLJet 6LXXI system brings together the CIT developed inkjet printing line, the “Metaljet 6000p” and a newly developed plating system borne out of a technical collaboration between CIT and Cemco FSL, the MetaLJet 60CDp.

Owing to demand from customers CIT will now be offering a contract manufacturing facility, aimed at supplying a wide range of REED antennas and flexible circuitry to prospective purchasers of the entire system.

“The new facility, which should generate significant revenues, is expected to be operational at the end of QI 2008” says Chris Malley, the CIT CEO. “We continue to have a high level of interest in our technology from a number of leading players in the PAD industry, but until the global volume hits the expected levels, we are being asked to supply reels of product using the same equipment that they will be buying. They can qualify the product, at low risk and at the same time CIT can benefit from increased efficiencies by pooling together customers volume onto a single machine.”

With the US market showing a significant demand for a contract manufacturing service, CIT has taken on a dedicated sales force to handle this with the opening of a US sales office in Kansas.

For further details, contact Mike Johnson, Business Development Director, Tel.:+44 1223 1137933, e-mail: enquiries@conductiveinkjet.com