Quick return on investment
A jet printer pays for itself
If you do 2–3 changeovers per day or more, and buy more than 50 stencils a year in a high-mix environment, you can expect a quick return on investment.
No stencils – reduced cost
Imagine for a moment running your current plant with no stencils. No more hassles with ordering. No more handling costs. No more operator costs (or at least lower). No more storage issues. No more messy solvents. No more expensive consumables. Add to this the impact of faster deliveries and you’ll begin to understand the benefits.
Improved quality at lower cost
Boards are getting increasingly densely populated and more complex. Using traditional screen printing, it is getting more and more costly to manufacture challenging boards without sacrificing quality and yield. Stepped stencils in combination with solder paste inspection systems are often required, but can still lead to costly rework. With jet printing, there is no additional cost associated with high-yield manufacturing of complex boards. The optimal paste volume and shape are set in the print program – individually for every pad to ensure perfect solder joints. Once at the machine, the operator cannot affect the quality or the performance – jet printing is a repeatable process that guarantees a high yield.
A complement to screen printing
Naturally, it’s also possible to use a jet printer as a complement to your existing screen printer. In fact, larger electronics producers are using the jet printer to increase yield and quality in their high-speed lines – to handle the applications that their screen printers are unable to do. Another manufacturer, tired of production interruptions, separated production into high-mix and low-mix, using the jet printer to off-load his high-speed lines. How might a jet printer best benefit your operations?