Gatema PCB: Innovation and Automation in PCB Manufacturing

At Gatema PCB, we are constantly pushing the boundaries in the field of printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing. Our goal is to increase production speed, refine processes, and achieve higher productivity and product quality.

As part of this effort, we are investing in modern technologies, expanding production facilities, increasing manufacturing capacities, and upgrading existing production lines.

Automation: Key to Higher Productivity and Quality

We are gradually replacing manual tasks with automation, which not only increases productivity but also enhances the quality of our products. Technologies that were previously used only in exceptional cases are now being integrated into standard production. Our manufacturing strategy is tailored to the needs of the European market to ensure that our products meet the highest standards of quality and safety.

Multilayer PCB Production

Multilayer PCBs are composed of several layers of insulation material and copper layers. Each layer has its own traces and components that need to be connected into a functional whole. To better ensure the continuity of individual layers and strengthen the quality of multilayer boards, we are innovating machine equipment to eliminate potential discrepancies.



HT Monolam: A Significant Leap in PCB Manufacturing

One of the latest additions to our production is the HT Monolam, a monolamination vacuum press from Cedatec. This machine, which uses uniform heating via electrical resistance, accelerates the production cycle and ensures perfect thickness and uniformity of the processed PCB material through precise temperature and consistent pressure.

Differences Between Monolamination and Other Lamination Methods

  1. Monolamination vs. Multilamination:
    • Monolamination: Utilizes only one layer of material (e.g., copper foil and insulation material) laminated to the desired thickness.
    • Multilamination: Combines multiple layers of material into one unit, typical for PCBs with several layers of copper and insulation.

  2. Process:
    • Monolamination: HT Monolam uses electrical resistance to heat the material, making the process fast and efficient.
    • Other Lamination Methods: May involve high temperature, pressure, and adhesive to bond layers, such as vacuum lamination using pressure and high temperature.

  3. Quality and Uniformity:
    • Monolamination: Achieves consistent thickness and quality of the board due to uniform heating.
    • Other Lamination Methods: Quality may be influenced by factors such as pressure, temperature, and process precision.

  4. Energy Consumption:
    • Monolamination: HT Monolam typically has lower energy consumption as it works with a single layer of material.
    • Other Lamination Methods: May require more energy due to a greater number of layers.



Pinless Registration: A New Level of Reliability

Another significant innovation is pinless registration technology, which enables pinless lamination of multilayer PCBs and progressive laminating technology.

Benefits of Pinless Lamination:

  1. Reduced Mechanical Stress: Eliminates the need for pin holes, reducing the risk of mechanical damage.

  2. Improved Electrical Connections: Edge pads ensure more uniform and reliable connections between layers.

  3. Higher Junction Density: Allows for more junctions to be placed in a smaller area.

How Pinless Lamination Works

Traditional methods use pins placed on the edges of the board. Pinless lamination replaces these pins with special pads or locks on the edges of the board, made of copper material. During lamination, these pads are heated and compressed, causing the layers to bond together.


Pinless lamination brings advantages in terms of reliability, mechanical resilience, and electrical connection of multilayer PCBs.



Adapting to European Market Needs

Our manufacturing strategy is focused on the needs of the European market to offer products that meet the highest standards of quality and safety. The acquisition of HT Monolam and the implementation of pinless lamination represent significant steps forward in the production of multilayer PCBs and Flexi boards, bringing a range of technical advantages and increased reliability.

At Gatema PCB, we are constantly striving for innovation and automation to offer our customers the best in PCB manufacturing. Our investments in technology and the expansion of production capacities are evidence of our commitment to quality and progress.

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Michaela Krňáková
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