Candor Invests in On-demand Inkjet Printing System from MicroCraft


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Toronto PCB fabricator, Candor Circuit Boards, has recently purchased and installed a MicroCraft CPQ7861 on-demand inkjet printing system, one of the fastest in the MicroCraft lineup.

What this means for Candor is more speed. The CPQ is a 4 head machine: 2 heads for white legend, 2 heads for green mask, which removes the need to tack, expose, and develop traditional LPI masks on quick turn orders.  MicroCraft notes speed increases in alignment due to the implementation of three CCD cameras. The vast print area covered by the four print heads enables printing on a 22.8 x 17” (580 x 430 mm) substrate in as fast as 11 seconds surpassing their CPi model.

Candor’s Technical Sales Manager Sunny Patel commented, “The CPQ allows us to apply extremely accurate solder mask deposit with no defects.  It provides the ability to only apply mask on areas that are needed (traces) and to only apply a thin amount of mask (7 microns).  These upgrades will ultimately allow us to provide our customers cost effective boards with faster turn-around times. The CPQ will also reduce cost for our CM/OEM partners, as they do not need to add 128/QR barcode labels for traceability, we can do it for them with no added cost!”

The investment was part of a Canadian business development loan that looks to expand Candor’s technical capabilities and will allow them to hire more people (with growth).  In an added effort to reduce their environmental impact, Candor has also received a climate action initiative grant for the investment of energy saving equipment.

The CPQ was received in the end of April and has been installed and has successfully performed multiple engineering lots and is now fully implemented into production.

About Candor Circuit Boards

Since 1999, Candor Circuit Boards has provided 21st Century customers with innovative PCB solutions for complex technologies through a commitment to service and support. Limitations created by standard manufacturing methods led Candor to invent and develop certain technological advancements, helping them to emerge in the forefront as a top of the line solutions provider. Candor continues to push the envelope of PCB manufacturing through continuous R&D, helping both customers and the industry to a brighter future.  For more information about Candor, visit them on the web at www.candorind.com.

About MicroCraft

MicroCraft is a global leader in flying probe electrical testers and inkjet printers for solder mask and other specialty inks for PCB fabrication. MicroCraft’s CraftPix inkjet printers are compatible with all major inkjet ink suppliers and can be used for many applications such as solder mask, etch resist, plating resist and conductive ink printing. For MicroCraft sales inquiries please contact: sales@usamicrocraft.com. For more information please visit their website: www.usamicrocraft.com

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