Bendable thin-film heaters

Metallic Flexible Thin-Film Heaters

Add warming functions to the limited space available on products of various forms and sizes to prevent dew condensation and frost of onboard devices

Overview

By using thin metal films for heating elements, we achieved bendable, super-thin and heat-generating films. These are perfect for preventing dew condensation and frost on onboard cameras, optical sensors, side-view mirrors and other locations where heaters have limited work space.

  • Point1Super thin film with a minimum thickness of 0.15 mm.*1 can be bent to fit complex gaps
  • Point2Quickly provide appropriate heat to screens and specific areas
  • Point3Superior heating efficiency and response, leading to quick generation of warmth
  • Point4Maximum 200℃*2 can be freely customized to meet different volumes of heat and unique shapes

*1With 50 µm substrates, thin metal films below 1 µm, 50 µm adhesive layers, and 50 µm protective films

*2When used with polyimide films

Features & Strengths

Point1 Super thin film with a minimum thickness of 0.15mm*1 can be bent to fit complex gaps

PET, PEN, and polyimide used as film substrates, with a minimum thickness of 0.15 mm (except for terminal parts). Can be bent to φ7mm thickness. Can be applied flexibly to heaters with difficult work space, due to small gaps and curved surfaces.

Super thin films being bent

Point2 Provide appropriate heat to screens or specific locations

Unlike standard heating wire heaters, these can heat sheet forms, enabling even heat generation. In addition, processing enables selective heating of letter shapes or other parts.

  • Sheet heated thermographic image
  • Letter shapes heated thermographic image

Point3 Superior heating efficiency and response, leading to quick generation of warmth

Heat emerges some ten seconds after the heater's switch is turned on, making them optimum for defogging applications, such as thawing and clouding. Thin metal films with high heating efficiency enable quick generation of warmth.

Heating occurs seconds after heater's switch is turned on.

Point4 Maximum 200℃*2can be freely customized to meet different volumes of heat and unique shapes

Based on objectives, we can customize the volume of heat generated and working voltage by designing and manufacturing heaters in a rich variety of forms, including tape, circular, and pointed.

We can design and manufacture special shapes such as arrows.

Applications


Onboard cameras and sensors

Superior visibility for safe driving in rain or snow

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Door mirrors

Preventing glare and condensation to ensure clear rear visibility

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Manufacture of devices on silicon wafers

When the manufacture of devices requires heat to be generated during formation, flexible thin-film heaters can be used to heat silicon wafers with greater evenness than hot air or radiant heat methods, leading to improved quality and yield during device manufacture.

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Increase advertising effectiveness by heating specific areas

As these films have superior temperature management, they control the location and degree of heat generation, making it possible to melt water and snow that affixes to letters or logos only to ensure effective advertising.

Specifications & Data

Manufacturing examples

Upper temperature limit 130℃
Heater shapes Trapezoids (Upper side 10 x lower side 40 x height 40 mm)
Substrate materials PEN (Polyethylene naphthalate) resins
Substrate thickness 150 µm
Energy consumption 6W (Working voltage 12V)

Contact us-to-Delivery Process

When outsourcing of thin-film coatings to substrates provided by customers

Below is an example of contact us-to-delivery process when outsourcing of thin-film coatings to substrate materials provided by customers. Whether you need a single item prototype or mass production, trust Geomatec to provide high-quality, high-performance thin-film coatings.

  • Step1Contact Us

    For detailed questions regarding our products and solutions, order numbers and specifications, delivery times and budget, areas where delivery is possible, or for any other questions about how we can assist with your objectives and ideas, please feel free to contact us.

  • Step2Discovery & Technical meetings

    After inquiring about the details of your request, we will propose the plan that best allows us to meet your objectives. Of course, Geomatec engineers will collaborate with all kinds of manufacturers, as necessary, to support the creation of a product that meets your standards.

  • Step3Estimates

    We will quote based on the specifications defined in the discovery & technical meetings.
    Please rest assured that information on the intended applications of your product, personal information, or other confidential information we receive will be monitored under a strict information security system.

  • Step4Prototypes & Samples

    We will produce prototypes and samples as required.
    In addition, if you are also considering mass production at some point in the future, we can process your prototype on the same machinery that will be used for mass production, ensuring a smooth transition into the mass production stage and identical quality and features as those seen in the prototype.

  • Step5Thin-film manufacturing (procurement, coating and post process)

    We will apply thin films to substrate materials provided by customers and carry out high-quality, stable manufacturing and processing in a class 100 to 1,000 clean room (as defined in Federal Standard 209D).

  • Step6Quality inspection & Shipping preparation

    We conduct quality inspections of all the products we provide our customers and provide packing according to strict standards.
    Geomatec has acquired certification for its QMS (ISO9001: quality management system) and endeavors to provide safe and stable delivery of high-quality products.

  • Step7Delivery

    We will reliably deliver our products to any location, by any method, and on any day you specify.

    *We offer a flexible range of options other than the above, including in-house consultation on site at customers' factories.

When outsourcing of substrate material procurement and post coating process, in addition to thin-film coating

The following is an example of contact us-to-delivery process when outsourcing of substrate material procurement and post coating process, in addition to thin-film coating. Geomatec will control all steps of the process.

  • Step1Contact Us

    For detailed questions regarding our products and solutions, order numbers and specifications, delivery times and budget, areas where delivery is possible, or for any other questions about how we can assist with your objectives and ideas, please feel free to contact us.

  • Step2Discovery & Technical meetings

    After inquiring about the details of your request, we will propose the plan that best allows us to meet your objectives. Of course, Geomatec engineers will collaborate with all kinds of manufacturers, as necessary, to support the creation of a product that meets your standards.

  • Step3Estimates

    We will quote based on the specifications defined in the discovery & technical meetings.
    Please rest assured that information on the intended applications of your product, personal information, or other confidential information we receive will be monitored under a strict information security system.

  • Step4Prototypes & Samples

    We will produce prototypes and samples as required.
    In addition, if you are also considering mass production at some point in the future, we can process your prototype on the same machinery that will be used for mass production, ensuring a smooth transition into the mass production stage and identical quality and features as those seen in the prototype.

  • Step5Substrate material procurement

    Geomatec will procure glass and film substrates from our trusted supply chain, built over several decades of business.

  • Step6Thin-film coating

    We will coat your products with the high-performance thin films necessary to achieve your desired functions.
    Our class 100 to 1,000 clean room (as defined in Federal Standard 209D) ensures high quality, stable production.

  • Step7Post coating process

    We handle post coating process for thin film, including surface splicing of glass and frame printing.

  • Step8Quality inspection & Shipping preparation

    We conduct quality inspections of all the products we provide our customers and provide packing according to strict standards.
    Geomatec has acquired certification for its QMS (ISO9001: quality management system) and endeavors to provide safe and stable delivery of high-quality products.

  • Step9Delivery

    We will reliably deliver our products to any location, by any method, and on any day you specify.

    *We offer a flexible range of options other than the above, including in-house consultation on site at customers' factories.

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