Roll-to-roll printing

Manufacturing and machining > 2D Printing

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Roll-to-roll printing is a technique that is widely used to print newspapers, magazines and many other conventional printed products that are required in large quantities.

The ANFF equipment is based on this principle but allows for the user to print functionalised inks onto novel materials – it’s...

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Semicore R2R Sputter Coater (UoN)

Roll-to-roll sputter coater for flexible electronics

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    The Semicore roll-to-roll sputter coater is a large-scale vacuum metalliser, capable of putting down metallic layers (such as aluminium) on plastic sheet (such as PET).

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    Typical web width of 300 mm.

    Vacuum level of ~ 1×10-6 mbar.

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GM Laminator Unit (UoN)

Roll-to-roll laminator

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    A roll to roll lamination system providing a method for UV cured epoxy glues to be applied and cured to seal multiple layers of plastic together. The system enables the application of high performance barrier films to flexible printed electronics.

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    Web width of 300 mm maximum.

    Typical webs are PET and PEN from 25 μm to 150 μm in thickness.

    Top side only UV curing.

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GM Solar 1 (UoN)

Roll-to-roll organic coater

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    A printing and coating line more commonly used for producing stickers and wine labels, this system is now used to produce functional printed devices such as bio-sensors, OLEDs, and solar cells. Able to take a roll of plastic up to a kilometre long, the coating line includes stations for various types of coating such as Gravure, Flexographic, Slot-die, and Screen printing. Two metres of heating also allow for the drying of wet-ink layers into thin-films.

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    Web width of 300 mm maximum.

    Typical webs are PET and PEN from 25 μm to 150 μm in thickness.

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Coatema Smart Coater Reel-2-reel coating system (UoW)

Roll-to-roll coating system

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    Roll-to-roll coating system, offers dip, blade and gravure with corona substrate treatment capabilities.

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    Class 3 solvent capable. 130mm web with 100mm coating width

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