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JULY 2020 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 55 the production process. The more information that the customer can provide regarding the resin's ultimate operating conditions—temper- ature range, likely chemical exposures, and so on—the better. Certainly, technical datasheets can be a great help when you embark on a new pro- duction schedule with new components and resins, but if you foresee any problems with matching resin types to your production pro- cedures that are not easily resolved by study- ing the literature, be sure to contact your supplier's technical support team for further advice. Next time, I will take an in-depth look at some of the most frequently asked questions we get as resin experts and explore various options in response to these enquiries. DESIGN007 Alistair Little is the global business technical director of the resins divi- sion for Electrolube. To read past columns from Electrolube, click here. Download your free copy of Elec- trolube's book, The Printed Circuit Assembler's Guide to… Conformal Coatings for Harsh Environments, and watch the micro webinar series "Coatings Uncoated!" reduced to about one-thirtieth and CO 2 emissions to about one-third, which contributes to a significant reduction in environmental impact. The technology also reduces plat- ing time and process footprint. Over the next two to three years, Toyota hopes to sell the stamping-type plating machine for use by a num- ber of companies as a test machine for verification and evaluation purposes. Then, from 2023 or 2024, with the aim of achieving widespread use, it will expand sales more broadly for use by general users as a full production machine. The newly developed stamping-type plating machine has a head, with the upper part filled with solution, and a solid electrolyte membrane, through which metal ions pass, mounted to the tip of the head that is pressed against the area to be plated. This structure enables the solid electrolyte membrane, which is mounted to the tip of the head, to be pressed against only that part of the substrate that requires plating. When the electric current flows, a metal film (plating) is applied, like a stamp, only to the area in contact with the membrane. (Source: ACN Newswire) Toyota Motor Corporation announced that it has devel- oped a world's first stamping-type plating technology that uses a polymer membrane (solid electrolyte membrane), through which metal ions can pass, to apply plating, like a stamp, only to areas requiring plating. The technology is used in the plating process for forming copper, nickel, and other metal coatings on substrates in the process of manufacturing electronic parts. The machines will be launched on July 1. This new stamping-type plating machine eliminates the need of a dipping process where parts to be plated are completely immersed in multiple baths of plating solution, which is required in the most common plating process at present. As a result, waste solution can be dramatically Toyota Launches Stamping-Type Plating Machine that Significantly Reduces Environmental Impact

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