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The "Old" Way

Standard tubular aluminum stencilFirst, one had to cast the aluminum frame (or extrude, cut and weld), and then stretch a poly mesh in a stretching device. The next step is to epoxy this cast or tubular frame to the poly mesh, wait approximately 12 hours, and then cut it out. Then one had to epoxy the stainless steel foil into the center of the poly mesh. After curing, one had to cut out the center of the poly, leaving a stretched stainless steel foil. This foil was then mounted under the laser, the apertures cut out, and the final product shipped to the customer. When the customer is done with this frame, they must ship it back to the stencil supplier to be refurbished, with all new poly and stainless applied. The result? Two sets of shipping charges, a lot of time, added handling and extra work for the stencil company.

 

 

The New QTS Engineering, Inc. Method

Our frame with a stencil on itSimply mount the stainless steel foil in the laser machining system. Cut out the customer’s aperture pattern, as well as the QTS Engineering, Inc. mounting pattern on the outside of the foil. Then mount the foil into the plastic Container Frame border (quick and easy) which QTS Engineering, Inc. has supplied to the stencil manufacturer. They ship the foil and border frame to you, the customer, and you simply mount the product in a Wizard frame that you’ve purchased from us, and tension it. Mounting and tensioning takes less than a minute, and you’re ready to print!
When you’re done with that production job, the inexpensive plastic boarder can be discarded and the stainless foil recycled. If the job will run again, the foil and plastic container frame can be easily cleaned and stored for future use.

Circuit boards, one unpopulated and one populated.The QTS Engineering, Inc. Wizard method saves setup time, shipping and material costs, storage space, and more. Best of all, it allows you, the customer, a greater level of control over your own stencils and process control settings (i.e., tensioning). More control and lower costs mean a better process, higher yields, and a better bottom line.

 

 

 

Change out a stencil and mount and tension a new one in less than a minute – in just a few simple, easy steps!