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TC TECH receives order for a second production system from customer in Taiwan
TC TECH Sweden AB (publ) announces that the company has signed an agreement with a customer in Taiwan to deliver a second TCP-150 system, including Roll-to-Sheet (RtS) functionality, for production of High Performance LGPs used in LCD displays. The delivery is expected to begin in December 2018 and will be visible in the interim report for Q1 2019, at the latest.
The company has previously announced the customer’s intent to sign an agreement for the delivery of a second system after final approval of the first delivery.
“The fact that the customer has decided to move forward with the second delivery almost immediately after having approved the first system show that there is a substantial demand in the market to be able to manufacture LGPs with the market leading quality that the TCP 150 delivers. It also proves that we have succeeded in building a strong customer confidence in our ability during the testing and adjustment phase, as well as that our system has reached an industrial level of quality,” says TC TECH’s CEO Alexander Luiga.
The company is now shifting its main focus from substantial development work to more marketing activities, including intensified application development and additional production of samples as well as demonstrations of the TCP 150 system for potential customers.
TC TECH receives final approval from customer in Taiwan
TC TECH Sweden AB (publ) announces that the company has received final approval of the production system for high-volume manufacturing of High Performance LGPs for LCD displays that was delivered to a customer in Taiwan in July. This is an important milestone for the company as it now has a fully approved product in Asia for mass production of ultra-thin plastic products with nanostructure patterns.
The customer that has approved the production system is an Asian company within development and production of components for major manufacturers of LCD displays.
“TC TECH now takes an important step forward, from being a development company with a strong technology platform to also being a supplier of a market leading product that is used commercially for industrial high-volume manufacturing. We awaited this final approval, that was preceded by rigorous long-term testing, and commercial manufacturing in increasing volumes at the customer’s production facility before we start offering the system to additional customers. Now that we have achieved this, we are starting up our sales activities at full speed, and we see excellent possibilities to convert ongoing discussions with existing and potential customers to new orders already in 2018,” says TC TECH’s CEO Alexander Luiga.
TC TECH’s production system for the manufacturing of ultra-thin, High Performance LGPs (Light Guide Plates) used in LCD displays makes it possible to create LCD displays that are thinner and has an improved picture quality while also consuming less energy. The competition between manufacturers of LCD displays, and from manufacturers of OLED displays, has created a very strong interest in TC TECH’s production system and technology from companies at different stages of the production chain aiming to take LCD displays to the next level.
TC TECH delivers the first unit of its upgraded production system to Taiwan
TC TECH Sweden AB (publ) announces that the company is delivering an upgraded production system for volume production of LGPs for displays to a Taiwanese customer after successfully completed tests in the company’s facilities in Stockholm. The installation in Taiwan is expected to be completed in July.
The upgraded production system will replace a previously delivered system, as communicated in the press release published on February 7, 2018.
The tests of the upgraded production system were conducted on behalf of the client in TC TECHs cleanroom in the company’s facilities in Stockholm. The cleanroom was installed in the spring and has made it possible to test the system in demanding industrial conditions. The company has thus been able to prepare and fine-tune the product before commencing the delivery process.
“The successful completion of these tests confirm that the upgraded version of our production system is robust and capable of manufacturing high-quality LGPs. We will now complete the delivery and installation of the system in July,” says TC TECH’s CEO Alexander Luiga.
TC TECH receives patent approval in Sweden which expands the protection of the company’s technology platform
TC TECH Sweden AB (publ) has received a patent approval in Sweden for the patent application ”Method and arrangement for metal processing”. The approval in Sweden is the first one regarding partial hardening and extends the patent protection for the company’s general technology platform. The patent will be valid until the 3rd of July 2038.
TC TECH’s technology platform makes it possible to use induction (electromagnetism) to heat up, emboss and cool down detailed objects made of plastic, or other materials, with high precision. This patent approval extends the patent protection for our technology to be valid for metal parts.
“This patent approval extends the patent protection for our technology platform to also cover hardening of metal where we can see a great potential for our technology. Regarding partial hardening there is an especially high demand to find methods which can enable both hardened and soft zones with high precision. Within automotive industry the press hardening is a fast-growing area, there existing technologies have limitations regarding effectiveness and precision. TC TECHs main focus is still the development of a production system for light guide plates, but in the future other areas will also be important for the company” says TC TECH CEO Alexander Luiga
Initially, TC TECH has developed a production system for the manufacturing of a new generation of light guide plates (LGPs) that can substantially reduce the energy consumption in edge-lit LCD displays, as well as improve the picture quality. Edge-lit LCD displays are used in the majority of all mobile phones, tablets, laptops, computer displays and TVs on the market today. TC TECHs technology platform also has the potential to be used within several additional application areas, of which hardening of metal is one.
TC TECH is finalising a new version of its production system for light guide plates in LCD displays, first delivery to customer in Q2 2018
TC TECH Sweden AB (publ) has completed the specification and initiated the manufacturing of an upgraded version of the company’s production system for light guide plates (LGPs) that are used in LCD displays. The company has formally agreed to upgrade two delivered systems in Taiwan to the new version, the first in Q2 2018 and the second in H2 2018. Upon approved installation, the company will receive the remaining approx. 40% of the payment.
“After a completed testing and optimisation phase with the two units of the earlier version that were delivered in Taiwan, vi are now finalising a new version that we deem to be ready for high-volume manufacturing in industrial settings. This is an important milestone for us as the development of the industrial process has been more demanding than expected,” says TC TECHs CEO Alexander Luiga.
The upgrades in new version of the production system, that retains the model number TCP 150 HPE, include a more robust power supply and a more stable construction to minimize the disturbance from external sources of vibration. Additionally, the actual pressing process has been optimised with an upgraded press piston as well as improved adaptation to roll-to-sheet feeding.
“We can now increase our sales efforts towards additional customers with improved credibility, and when the first unit is installed in Taiwan we will be able to use it as a reference case that is installed and running. In the light of this, we now have better possibilities than ever to drive the transition to thinner, more energy-efficient LCD displays with better picture quality in mobile phones, tablets and laptops”, says TC TECHs CEO Alexander Luiga.
The delivery of the two systems in Taiwan, the first in the end of the second quarter and the second during the second half of 2018, is defined as upgrades of previously delivered systems. Upon installation and final customer approval (SAT-test, site acceptance test) TC TECH will receive the remaining approx. 40% of the payment. These deliveries are expected to generate additional orders and ongoing revenue from service and standard maintenance going forward.
TC TECH receives patent approval in Taiwan that strengthens the protection of the company’s technology platform
TC TECH Sweden AB (publ) has received a patent approval in Taiwan for the patent application ”Device and method for heating a Mould or Tool”. The approval in Taiwan follows earlier approvals in Japan and China for the same patent family within electromagnetism, that strengthens and extends the patent protection for the company’s general technology platform. The patent will be valid until the 13th of June 2032.
TC TECH’s technology platform makes it to possible to use induction (electromagnetism) to heat up, emboss and cool down detailed objects made of plastic, or other materials, with nanometer precision. The approved patent will protect the basic use of electromagnetism in the technology platform.
“This patent approval is encouraging as it extends the patent protection for our technology platform on an important Asian market. Corresponding patent applications have been filed in several other important markets in Asia, Europe and North America,” says TC TECH CEO Alexander Luiga.
Initially, TC TECH has developed a production system for the manufacturing of a new generation of light guide plates (LGPs) that can substantially reduce the energy consumption in edge-lit LCD displays, while at the same time improving the picture quality. Edge-lit LCD displays are used in the majority of all mobile phones, tablets, laptops, computer displays and TVs on the market today. TC TECHs technology platform also has the potential to be used within several additional application areas.
Two production systems for the manufacturing of LGPs have been delivered in Taiwan, and they are now being used in demanding industrial conditions. This makes it possible to continuously improve the production system for optimal performance during high-volume manufacturing.
LCD still the largest in displays
The dominant display technology on the market today is LCD displays where lighting is done with LED lights and the light is spread with LGP (Light Guide Plate). Most of the displays are expected to be based on LCD in the foreseeable future. There are other display technologies such as Quantum dots, which also use LGP, as well as OLED that do not use LGP to spread the light in the display. There is ongoing development in these display technologies. The following comparison table between a High Precision (HP) LCD display and an OLED Flexible clearly shows the strength of each technology. It is TC TECH’s assessment that with the help of High Precision LGP, LCD displays can continue to be a very large part of the overall market
|Comparision HP LCD (with LGP) and OLED Flexible|
|HP LCD||OLED Flexible|
|Display resolution||Excellent < 800 ppi||Good < 400 ppi|
|Display out to the edge||Excellent||Excellent|
|Viewing angle color rendering||Excellent||Good|
|Viewing angle Luminance/brightness||Good||Excellent|
Flexible LGP with a thickness of 0,125 mm
Automated production with TCP 150
TC TECH Sweden launches RTS 150, Roll-To-Sheet for automated manufacturing of advanced pattern in TCP 150. RTS 150 enable continues production of double sided pattern with a thickness down to 0,15 mm or less depending on the pattern and material. A roll last around 24 hours and can be replaced within a few minutes.Â The system can handle both film substrate with or without double sided protective film. The possibility to produce film substrate without protective film provides great benefits both economically and environmentally. The protective film which is normally placed on both sides of the film substrate and coated with a glue add a significant cost and cannot be recycled, it will be waste and burned or deposited.
The system is adapted to customer-unique authentication systems after the double sided pattern is produced. It can for example be a vision system for automated inspection. Then the product is ready for next step and can be handled either automated or manually.
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