Manufacturing utilizing 100% additive printing processes offers a low cost means to produce many unique flex circuit designs. GSI services numerous customers with our conductive printing capabilities, and with our years of experience printing conductive, resistive, and dielectric materials on a variety of flexible and rigid substrates. Most customer designs are unique and require GSI’s expertise in matching ink characteristics with print processes and end product performance attributes. GSI has scaled many challenging circuit designs requiring:
The wearable electronics market represents a broad and diverse offering of commercial products that is forecasted to grow into a multi-billion dollar a year industry. GSI Technologies is at the forefront of manufacturing and leading development efforts on wearable products where printing solves technical issues. GSI utilizes ink sets including Silver (Ag), Silver/Silver Chloride (Ag/AgCl), carbon, and dielectric inks from multiple vendors. These inks sets are specially designed for use with flexible substrates. The flexible substrates have included a variety of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) based materials. Along with materials knowledge, GSI is able to use its manufacturing capabilities such as sheet or roll based through hole printing and high precision laser converting to enable new product designs. With our downstream converting partners, wearable parts can also have adhesive applied, be final packaged, and sterilized.
GSI’s printed electronics manufacturing expertise is fully capable across most polymer thick film constructions specializing in printed silver flex circuits. Investments and partnerships enable capabilities to produce single, double sided, and multi-layer circuits. Capabilities exist to pre-process film or paper substrates with selective place openings (vias) or surface chemistry prior to creating 100% additive conductive structures. Available capabilities include:
GSI has the knowledge and the established partner relationships to help customers at every stage of manufacturing, from prototypes all the way to global scale production. Installed manufacturing base includes the ability to make a single device to volumes in excess of billions. Printing assets will deposit conductive, resistive, and insulating inks, while laser processing and laminating creates unique functional structures. Ability to produce high layer count products (excess of 10 layers). Sheet or roll form product is supplied depending on customer requirements. Many manufacturing lines utilize 100% electrical testing for continuous process control and continuous vision systems for defect detection.
Extremely broad range of materials selection including silver, silver/silver chloride, carbon, graphene, nickel, iron, tungsten, bismuth, zinc, PEDOT, and blends such as platinized carbon. Processing ITO films with IR laser ablation.
GSI services numerous customers with our conductive printing capabilities. We have formulated strategic partnerships in North America, Europe, and Asia to satisfy market demands for secondary operations.
GSI has an extensive and very broad engineering team with collective experience in excess of 150 years. The GSI team has helped many companies solve difficult technical problems not solved by other manufacturing partners.
Flat-bed print lines are utilized to support early stage process development and for producing production representative prototypes. As volume grows our roll-to-roll print lines have the print speed and drying capacity to support high volume requirements. In excess of 14 billion sensors have been produced on GSI’s installed manufacturing base.
All application development and manufacturing is performed within an ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certified quality system. Automated print lines are outfitted with proven vision inspection and 100% real time electrical testing supported by statistical process control systems ensuring high yields and consistent product quality.
Our team includes experienced engineers and a full service art department that is prepared to meet your manufacturing requirements.
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GSI Technologies’ Chief Technology Officer Gordon Smith ScD is scheduled to present at the Large-area, Organic & Printing Electronics Convention (LOPEC) on April 7th, 2016. Dr. Smith will be presenting, “Printed Electronics enabling new wearable products” at the Technical Conference Program. GSI Technologies is a printing industry leader in the development of flexible wearable electronics. […]