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PTM7000-SP is a viscous, stencil printable paste version of PTM7000. It is designed to minimize thermal resistance at interfaces and maintain extremely stable performance through reliability testing required for long product life applications. As with all Phase change materials, it has stable Thermal Impedance across accelerated aging tests and does not display bleed, pump or flow out. PTM7XXX product line has the highest Thermal conductivity and lowest thermal impedance out of the entire PTM Series
PTM7000-SP has a Thermal conductivity of 6.5 (W/m·K) depending on the bondline thickness and is based on a robust polymer PCM structure that exhibits excellent wetting properties during typical operating temperature ranges, resulting in very low surface contact resistance. This proprietary material provides superior reliability and maintains low thermal impedance (0.06) , making it desirable for high-performance integrated circuit devices.
Please keep in mind that 7XXX is a Product Series. Base 7000 performs on the baseline of the stated properties while PTM7900 and PTM7950 are the highest performing materials of this product line reaching 8.5 W/m·K and 0.04 TI.
PTM7XXX Series - Pressure vs Thermal Impedance
PTM7XXX Series vs Competition comparison
Shelf-life refers to the amount of time the material can be kept when stored under the recommended storage conditions. The shelf-life of the PTM7000-SP is 12 months when kept below 25°C and with less than 20% relative humidity (RH).
If the material is supplied in 280cc cartridges, then the PTM7000-SP can be dispensed directly onto the stencil. If the PTM7000-SP is supplied in 1kg can, then it is best to mix or roll the material prior to each use. "Rolling" involves simply having the material "self-mix" which the can is being rolled (for this there is standard "jar roller" equipment).
This depends on how you plan to apply the material. If you plan to dispense from a cartridge (hardly anyone dispenses) using a nozzle, then a cartridge is recommended. Also, if you plan to do much smaller batch sizes (ie less then 1kg at a time), then 280cc cartridges are better because you will lose less material per use. Printing, however, is a high throughput process. On any print cycle you will need at least 100cc of material on the stencil during printing which can coat many pieces per stroke. You will easily use up 280cc of material per shift during printing.
Potlife (also referred to as work life) refers to the amount of time the material can be still be used after it has been opened. When kept in the 1kg cans, the potlife is 12 hours from the time the can is opened. When the lid is replaced and the can is closed again, you will have 48 hours to use the balance of the material. The remaining material should also be remixed (or re-rolled on a jar roller) prior to use.
Similarly, in the 280cc cartridge, the potlife is 24hrs if dispensed from the cartridge directly. If the cartridge is opened to add material to the printer and then closed again, the balance of the material should be used within 24-36 hours.
It is typical to lose approx. 20% thickness due to solvent drying. For example, a 300µm (0.3mm) thickness stencil of wet PTM7000-SP will result in 240µm (0.24mm) after drying. If the thickness loss is more than 20%, then the can was not stirred or rolled and it is indicative of mixing issues prior to dispensing them on the printing equipment.