Aculon, a proven supplier to the stencil industry, introduces Aculon NanoClear® stencil wipes. NanoClear will improve print quality, increase efficiency, lower total costs and enhance printing with small apertures.
Aculon, an award-winning & proven supplier to the stencil industry, introduces
Aculon NanoClear®, the best-in-class stencil treatment technology that
improves print quality, increases efficiency, lowers total costs and enhances
printing with small apertures.
By using NanoClear, your stencil will repel flux which means:
Faster release and improved print resolution is achieved as the paste is more easily released from the aperture walls due to the Fluxophobic nature of the treatment. The Aculon NanoClear treatments are now 50% stronger due a greater concentration. As can be seen from the graph below a treated stencil is 8 times more oil repellent than an untreated stencil even after 100,000 abrasion cycles.
Aculon Vice President of Technology, Eric Hanson, explains how to correctly apply NanoClear Stencil Wipes.
Testing proves that NanoClear survives stencil washing in even the most aggressive stencil washing solutions. In general Aculon NanoClear is compatible with organic(solvent) based cleaning systems and non-caustic aqueous cleaning systems (pH < 11). See Below for confirmed compatible cleaning systems:
Zestron Test Details
Download the Zestron Compatibility Test Report Here! The NanoClear treatment was found to be compatible with ZESTRON's MPC® Technology based VIGON® SC200 (pH neutral), VIGON® SC202 (pH alkaline), solvent based ZESTRON® SD301 and ZESTRON® SD100, & VIGON® SC210 during the above compatibility testing. There was no delamination or discoloration observed after exposure. There was minimal degredation in the fluxophobic performance of the NanoClear treatment with highly repellent Water contact angles of 110 degrees and oil contact angles of 60 degrees.
Kyzen Test Details
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In conjunction with Chrys Shea, Aculon hosted an extremely informative webinar on NanoClear and the process improvements that can be expected with a nanocoating. The webinar is available for download here!
This FREE webinar explains why leading OEMs and CEMs are adopting stencil nanocoating technology to improve quality, enhance productivity and reduce costs and this webinar will share the data to back the claims!
Participants in this 60-minute webinar will:
The better quality printing is due to the reduction in bridging as the flux is now repelled from the aperture walls. Tests have shown that treated stencils show significantly reduced the cleaning cycle frequency resulting in both improved print quality and better manufacturing efficiency.
Independent testing proves that NanoClear offers best-in-class durable performance. The ability of a stencil treated with NanoClear far outperforms the initial performance of all competitive materials. NanoClear's ability to repel flux is maintained for over 100,000 abrasion cycles after treatment while the performance of a well known vacuum applied competitive materials performance quickly falls off after 5000 abrasion cycles from an already weak barely fluxophobic starting point.
In order to quantitatively prove that Aculon does coat the aperture walls, Aculon recently conducted TEM analyses on a range of stencil samples. As you can see from the results, NanoClear successfully coats the aperture walls!
1. A thin layer of chrome is sputtered onto the surface of the stencil in order to be able to distinguish coating layer and the stencil.
2. C-based sharpie ink coating and then Pt coating – both to protect the sample from charging during sample preparation process.
3. Tool used for sample preparation: FEI Helios 450
4. Tool used for TEM Analysis: JEOL 2010
In prior work Aculon has demonstrated that the use of just a dry wipe or using just IPA does not as effectively clean the treated stencil as engineered solvents.