Talking to C-level executives of leading companies, it is clear that ensuring the quality and reliability of products is crucial for customer satisfaction and brand reputation. Chemical etching plays a vital role in achieving precise and consistent patterns and structures, which directly impact the performance and functionality of equipment. Here at Tecan, we are seeing how the chemical etching industry is continuously evolving, driven by technological advancements and changing market demands.
why is this happening?
As we have seen, photo chemical etching (PCM) is an economical and practical alternative to water jettting and punching and stamping. Even in mass production, PCM allows modifications and adjustments to be made while at the same time generating precision parts that are impossible or unviable to manufacture using conventional machining methods.
semiconductors and electronics
Certainly, the increased call for semiconductors is key to driving demand in chemically etched parts. Semiconductors are widely used in various industries like automotive, electronics and aerospace. Electronic devices of all kinds, such as diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits, are made with the help of semiconductors. Such devices are widely used due to their compactness, reliability, power efficiency and low cost.
Why is this important for Tecan as an innovator in chemical etching? Well, chemical etching is critical for creating precise patterns, channels and structures required to produce electronic components. It enables the accurate miniaturisation and integration of electronic devices and plays a vital role in making integrated circuits (ICs), printed circuit boards (PCBs), and other electronic products.
Discover how chemical etching benefits the semiconductor industry supply chain
Similarly, our aerospace clients require a wide range of components, each with unique geometries, materials, and tolerances. In the hands of our experts, etching is a highly versatile manufacturing process that can produce parts from a wide range of materials, including stainless steel, copper, and nickel alloys. It can produce parts with a wide range of complex shapes, deep apertures, and thin walls, making it an ideal choice for producing a variety of aerospace components.
Tecan also works with a number of leading automotive manufacturers to meet the demand for alternative power sources, such as fuel cells and batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles. Fuel cell and battery components such as electrodes and current collectors are made using chemical etching. The performance and efficiency of these energy storage systems are improved by the optimised microstructures and surface qualities produced by the etching process. In automotive systems, sensors and actuators play a crucial role in enabling operations, including engine monitoring, emission control, braking, and airbag deployment.
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And we are seeing a rise in new technologies such as organic electronics, flexible electronics, and nanotechnology, opening up new ways to apply chemical etching. These technologies often require ground-breaking etching processes to achieve precise patterns and structures on unconventional substrates so increasingly, Tecan is working closely with innovators right from the early development stages in order to bring their next-generation products to life.
Collaboration with chemical etching industry experts like Tecan can foster innovation and facilitate access to the latest etching technologies and solutions. The use of chemical etching extends beyond traditional manufacturing. Exploring opportunities to diversify into new opportunities within traditional industries like automotive, aerospace, telecommunications, and energy systems, can open up new revenue streams and expand market presence. We assess market trends, customer needs, and technological advancements to help identify potential areas for diversification and guide strategic decision-making for the organisations we work with.