C-100 is a unique electrically conductive carbon filled ink designed for screen printing in flex circuit applications. C-100 can also be thinned sufficiently with solvent to be utilized as a conductive coating for spray, dip or coating applications. C-100 is extremely tough, scuff resistant and has excellent adhesion to both treated Mylar and Kapton substrates. Crease resistance is outstanding when used on these substrates.
C-100 is designed to give a good balance between long open time in screen printing operations and short drying time in subsequent drying applications. Conductive Compounds, Inc. can adjust the rheology of C-100 to allow for more open time or quicker drying to accommodate different screening and drying operations. C-100 can be blended with our silver filled inks for specific resistance values, and is compatible with our dielectrics.
TYPICAL PROPERTIES Appearance Thixotropic Black Colored
Conductive Compounds Inc. offers custom formulating to tailor this material to your application.
For screening, a monfiliment polyester (157 to 200 mesh) or a stainless steel (165 to 325 mesh) screen is recommended, with emulsion thickness between .001" and .004". A polyurethane squeegee with a Shore "A" durometer between 60 and 70 is recommended. Always mix ink thoroughly before using, as carbon will settle quickly to the bottom.
For thinning and cleanup, use buytl cellesolve acetate or dibasic ester solvents. If faster drying time is required, contact Conductive Compounds, Inc. for solvent recommendations.
If solvent based inks are left on screens for any length of time, the ink will gradually thicken as solvent evaporates. If ink is to be left on an inactive press for any length of time, solvent evaporation can be minimized by pooling the ink into a small area instead of leaving it spread out over a large area. Pooling the ink reduces the surface area, thus slowing the drying process. Always check the viscosity of ink that has been recovered from a screen and add small amounts of solvent while mixing thoroughly to restore viscosity. Solvent can be added to reclaim thickened ink as long as the ink has not dried and hardened completely.
It is essential that all residual solvent be removed from this ink once it is applied. Incomplete drying will cause the ink to appear dry on the surface while trapping solvent underneath the surface. Over time, this trapped solvent will migrate out of the ink, and can cause adhesion problems with any material (such as dielectrics) applied over the ink.
To check completeness of drying, evaluate the point to point resistance along one of the screened conductive paths after one pass though the drying oven or one cycle in a batch drying oven. Run the substrate through another drying cycle. Measure the point to point resistance again along the same path and compare it to the original reading. If the resistance decreases by less than 10%, then the ink is essentially dry after the first drying cycle or pass through the oven. If the resistance decreases by more than 10%, then more drying time is required to completely remove the solvent.
When blending C-100 ink with AG-500 silver ink for specific resistance ranges, be sure to mix materials thoroughly before screening.
The above guidelines are intended to provide a starting point for evaluation. Conductive Compounds, Inc. recognizes that each customer's manufacturing process is unique, and we can customize the rheology of C-100 to conform to the process parameters. We are also available to provide on-site technical assistance to resolve your processing issues. Call us to discuss your application in more detail.
NOTE: Although the above properties are accurate to
the best of our knowledge, Conductive Compounds, Inc. makes no guarantees
for customer specification established in applications where this product
is used. Customer assumes responsibility for determining fitness of use
in their particular application.