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					4000 DOD Ink Jet Printer
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Description


The Model 4000 is a high quality, low cost digital printer designed specifically for the requirements of
printing on rigid and flex printed circuit board solder mask. Opaque marks are produced with excellent
line definition and permanency that rival current printing methods. Operating costs are greatly reduced
and productivity is significantly improved. The Model 4000 is also an innovative printing solution
integrating, high resolution Drop on Demand (DOD) jetting assemblies with a robust printhead and
controls architecture, specially formulated inks and print image composition software. All are designed,
developed and manufactured by MARKEM for guaranteed compatibility and high reliability.

Fast set up and extremely flexible. Legends or variable identification (ID) marks can now be set-up
within minutes. Legends can be directly downloaded into the Model 4000. Variable ID marks including
human-readable text or machine-readable codes can be easily added. No more delays waiting for silk-
screens or labels.

Consistently high quality, permanent marks. Crisp line definition and opaque marks that meet PCB
industry requirements for adhesion will now be a consistent result of your printing process. The Model
4000 is a result of a unique combination of high hardware, software and specially formulated inks
optimized for marking on PCB substrates. No more worries about inconsistent, low contrast laser
marks.

Greatly reduced operating costs. Eliminate your multi-step, multiple consumables driven silk-screen
printing process. No longer use those expensive labels for variable ID marking. No longer mess with
those volatile inks and solvents associated with continuous ink jet. The Model 4000 is a single step,
single consumable process.

Highly reliable. The Model 4000 has been rigorously tested under both laboratory and actual
production conditions for overall system compatibility and reliability.

Easy Integration. The Model 4000 is designed to easily become part of your production process.
Integration and use is simple and flexible with a variety of options for both communication protocols
and mechanical adaptation.

To provide the best, most reliable printing solution requires an intimate knowledge of both the printing
technology and the printing inks. By combining decades of experience in developing Drop on Demand
(DOD) ink jet printers and inks specifically for the electronics industry, MARKEM now has the right
digital solution for printed circuit board applications. Don't take your chances with someone new; rely
on MARKEM to revolutionize your printing process.

For inkjet applications outside of the PCB industry visit the website of Aellora™ Digital, a MARKEM
company, and learn more about their SureFire™ Digital Print Engine.
Specifications

Jets
256 jets in a single row
Print Resolution
300 DPI nominal or 600 DPI nominal
Jet Orientation
Angled to allow for non-interleaving printing
Straight to allow for interleaved printing
Jet Spacing
300 DPI jetting assembly - 0.011" (0.028 cm)
600 DPI jetting assembly - 0.010" (0.025 cm)
Spot Size
300 DPI jetting assembly - .005" nominal (0.013 cm)
600 DPI jetting assembly - .003" nominal (0.008 cm)
Character Size
300 DPI jetting assembly - as small as 4 point (0.056", 0.142 cm)
600 DPI jetting assembly - as small as 2 point (0.028", 0.071 cm)
Drop Frequency
300 DPI jetting assembly - up to 8,000 drops per second
600 DPI jetting assembly - up to 16,000 drops per second
Print Distance
0.5mm - 2.0mm
Print Speed
25 inches per second at up to 1mm print distance
15 inches per second at up to 2mm print distance.
Print Area
300 DPI jetting assembly - 0.890" (2.261 cm) nominal single pass
600 DPI jetting assembly - 0.440" (1.118 cm) nominal single pass
Operating Temperature
40 to 90 degrees F, 30% to 65% non-condensing relative humidity
Print Head Weight
14 lbs. (6.35kg)
Signal Interface
Ethernet, TCP/IP data and command interface to host computer; RS232 data and command interface;
Digital Input/Output lines for dedicated functions
Control Box Weight
45 lbs (20.41 kg)
Electrical Requirements
100/115/200/230 VAC +/- 10%, 50/60 cycle
Power Consumption
500 VA max.
Air Requirements
60 psi at 2 CFM
Cooling
Internal electrical fan
Inks
4600 Series UV curable white inks
Ink Container Size
115 ml.
Software
Requires: Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000; Model 4000 ActiveX control software; Designer software
print composition and layout software package (optional)
Computer Requirements
866 MHz Pentium 3, 128 Meg RAM, 40 Gig Hard Drive 10/100 base-T network interface card

Case Studies

Plantin S.A
Plantin S.A, located in France, is a manufacturer of medium series multi-layer rigid printed circuit
boards. They are a subsidiary of CIRE Group (www.cire.fr), the tenth largest printed circuit board
(PCB) fabricator in Europe and in the top 85 globally. Plantin produces 2,000 square meters of PCB
material per month with a standard three-week turn-around. Like many low to medium volume PCB
fabricators, Plantin is focused on reducing costs and increasing turn-around times in order to remain
competitive in their industry.
Plantin S.A
Plantin S.A, located in France, is a manufacturer of medium series multi-layer rigid printed circuit
boards. They are a subsidiary of CIRE Group (www.cire.fr), the tenth largest printed circuit board
(PCB) fabricator in Europe and in the top 85 globally. Plantin produces 2,000 square meters of PCB
material per month with a standard three-week turn-around. Like many low to medium volume PCB
fabricators, Plantin is focused on reducing costs and increasing turn-around times in order to remain
competitive in their industry.
PCB legend marking (a.k.a. nomenclatures) at Plantin was accomplished with traditional silk-screen
technology using white ink. This process has long set-up times and high set-up costs. It takes up to a
half a day and over eight process steps just to produce a silk-screen. There are also numerous
consumables involved in developing images on screens, printing images from screens, and then
breaking-down screens for next lot set-up. Plantin identified an opportunity to reduce costs and
increase turn-around times by converting this legend printing process to a digital technology.
First EIE (www.firsteie.com), located in Geneva, introduced Plantin to their CP-400 Legend Printing
System. The First EIE system integrates the MARKEM Model 4000 Drop on Demand ink jet printer
and uses the MARKEM 4600 Series white-colored UV curable jetting ink. As one of the PCB industry's
top five global suppliers of photoplotters, First EIE was already a preferred supplier to the CIRE Group
with an excellent rating in product quality, reliability and support. Their precision motion controls and
proven imaging technology combined with the MARKEM experience in Drop on Demand ink jet
printing and white-pigmented ink technology provided Plantin the confidence in making the transition to
this new digital printing technology.
The Model 4000 integrated printing system was installed at Plantin in November 2002. It has replaced
the two manual silk-screen printers at Plantin. It is utilizing their existing UV curing system and meeting
performance requirements on their existing Probimer 77 solder mask coating. The system is being fully
utilized from February 2003 in their production printing a minimum of 5,000 boards per month. The
cost savings and turn-around time reductions at Plantin were immediate. Their new CP-400 Legend
Printing System was calculated to have a less than one year payback period.

				
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