Micronics Japan Co. Integrates Aerosol Jet Print Engine into Enhanced System for Defect Repairs

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 25 October 2011: Optomec, the world leader in high performance additive manufacturing solutions, announced today that Micronics Japan Co., LTD (MJC) has launched an enhanced defect repair system powered by Optomec’s Aerosol Jet Print Engine. The MJC NEOSYS Line Open Repair (LOR) System improves Flat Panel Devices production yields by repairing open circuit defects in Touch Panels, LCD, Plasma, and e-Paper display products.

The NEOSYS LOR System is in production use today meeting high customer reliability requirements. The system provides 25% higher throughput than alternative repair methods, such as Laser-Chemical Vapor Deposition(L-CVD), and also enables high vertical step coverage of up to 2 microns in open repair processing. The NEOSYS LOR repair system can process large rigid and flexible display substrates up to Gen 10 (2850 mm x 3050 mm), including glass, glass epoxy, and polymer films.

The NEOSYS LOR System incorporates the Optomec patented Aerosol Jet Print Engine to deposit highly conductive, fine line traces to repair micrometer size open circuit defects. The repair process was developed by MJC.

“To reduce manufacturing cost and meet high consumer demand, display substrate sizes are increasing which directly increases the number of defects per panel” said Mr. Kenji Kuga, General Manager, Sales Department at MJC. We selected the Aerosol Jet Print Engine because of its unique fine line printing capability that enables our customers to increase production yields and improve repair quality at a lower repair cost/unit. The first NEOSYS LOR system was delivered for production use in 2010 and has proven to be a reliable solution. We expect to deliver more NEOSYS LOR systems to additional customers shortly.”

Aerosol Jet solutions are being used by leading organizations around the world to deposit a wide variety of materials onto a wide variety of substrates without conventional masks or thin-film equipment. The process is non-contact, enabling traces to be printed over steps or curved surfaces.

Optomec is the world-leading provider of additive manufacturing solutions for high-performance applications in the Electronics, Solar, Medical, and Aerospace & Defense markets. These systems utilize Optomec patented Aerosol Jet printed electronics technology and LENS powder-metal fabrication technology. The company has a global customer base of more than 100 users that includes many industry-leading manufacturers.

Micronics Japan Co., Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of microelectronic products essential for the manufacturing of semiconductor devices and Flat Panel Devices. The company provides test and repair systems for the semiconductor and Flat Panel Devices industries in the United States, Europe, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and China. The company was established in 1970.