- Mechanical Design
- Electrical Design
- Manufacturing Management
- Motion Control
- Finite Element Analysis
01 Scalable LCD Processing
Litrex helped introduce ink jet technology to the industrial world. Their application of depositing polymeric materials via traditional ink jet nozzles to displays was introduced for the PLED and OLED markets. Eventually, the technology was identified as a means to address the ever-expanding market of large flat panel displays.
02 A Daring Challenge
Asked to help Litrex since their inception, M3 walked side by side with them to develop feasibility and validation equipment, ground-up initial production systems and leading edge processing equipment. The market demanded larger substrates, higher throughputs and increased accuracy and Litrex/M3 proved to be up to the task.
03 Very Big, Yet So Small
Imagine 30 metric tons of granite, steel and aluminum floating on a cushion of air. Now add a 2 meter square glass substrate shuttling on a 2000kg vacuum chuck at speeds approaching 1m/s along a lower axis. Above the display travels over 3,000 nozzles arranged on a variable pitching array synchronized with the substrate. All of this produces material deposition at the micron level in under 2 minutes per substrate.
Pneumatics, motion control, electrical power and signaling, precision machine design, and materials research all combined to address the technical challenges associated with the conflicting constraints of such a complex system.
04 Product Realization
Acting essentially as an extension of Litrex, M3 expanded the depth and breadth of their organization. With anywhere from 4-12 electrical and mechanical resources helping at a given time, support was provided in numerous areas of system generation including architecture, design, implementation and test.
Seamless long-distance meshing of engineering resources ensured an integrated approach to design and evaluation. Weeks of on-site integration coupled with a handful of overseas trips to support final installations further enabled M3 engineers to realize the fruits of their labor. In the end, numerous custom systems have been developed and deployed throughout the world to further this technology.