Laser Selective Plating

Integrating Antenna Circuits Directly on a Part’s Housing

Creating goods and services is, essentially, a task that entails bringing separate parts into a single, unified whole. Whether that involves different types of materials and components being assembled into a single product, or a series of processes and actions that come together to form a service, integration is always an important element. This process of integration is at the core of plating and its more advanced version, laser selective plating. The process of plating brings together different materials and brings them together, to combine different qualities into a single unit.

With the technologies of electroplating and laser selective plating, existing products are being made more efficient and new products are being created to meet increasing consumer demands. With the use of metal plating technology, products gain enhancements based upon the properties of the metals used:

  • Electrical conductivity
  • Increased durability
  • Heat deflection
  • Resistance to corrosion
  • Resistance to chemicals
  • Reduced friction
  • Aesthetic qualities

For markets that deal with electronic parts, components, or products, this technology is indispensable for creating product with small form factors like wearables and other portable devices. When it comes to manufacturing products with metal finishes, automating the plating process brings about several increased benefits:

  • Optimization of plating process
  • Increased productivity and precision
  • Part consistency
  • Reduced labor cost
  • Improved worker safety
  • Improved product quality

A Proactive Solutions Partner

Jabil offers end-to-end, comprehensive design and engineering capabilities with operations at over 90 sites in 23 countries. As a single point of accountability, we increase customer value while reducing risk  by offering flexible solutions:

  • Innovate and develop designs optimized for performance and manufacturability
  • Rapidly prototype for accelerated product introductions
  • Manufacture the highest-quality products and components using the latest automation and process technologies
  • Stringently validate and test with proprietary, integrated methodologies that ensure maximum product throughput and minimum materials loss and resource waste
  • Ensure that customers build in the right location, source the right materials, and reach target markets with intelligent, digital supply-chain solutions – all for the lowest cost
  • Invest in next-generation capabilities, tools, processes, and people

By partnering with Jabil, customers have access to industry leading advanced technologies along with the capabilities and global partnerships that help deliver quality products to market. More importantly, our company culture is founded on innovation and collaboration. Jabil culture is designed to bring out the best in customer ideas. Whether businesses want to optimize or disrupt their target markets and industries, working with Jabil gives businesses the edge to gain market leadership and increased consumer loyalty.

Jabil Laser Selective Plating Solutions

Jabil’s laser selective plating is an electroless process that puts a metal circuit directly on a plastic component. First, a laser etches a circuit pattern on a substrate such as an injection-molded polymer. A machine then deposits a conductive material, such as copper, nickel, tin, or gold, on the substrate. The metal sticks only to the laser-etched areas, so after removing the excess, an electrical circuit remains. Processes can subsequently decorate these plated parts with paints or other surface treatments.

Jabil’s laser selective plating process greatly improves the manufacture and performance of antennas because there is more freedom in antenna placement. This gives opportunity for better efficiency and increased signal strength with a more effective circuit pattern.

Other advantages of laser selective plating:

  • Greater design freedom and ability to change designs
  • Increased product durability
  • Ability for miniaturization
  • Reduces product weight
  • Improved electronics integration
  • Fast plating process
  • Makes internal space of components more efficient
  • Create electronics on complex 3D surfaces
  • Faster assembly process
  • Reduces production materials and cost

While Jabil’s advanced technological capabilities and deep knowledge of the manufacturing process make it a beneficial partner for businesses, our expertise and success in a wide range of electronics markets give customers an edge when bringing new products into competitive markets. Jabil’s plating services can be used to optimize products entering well established and emerging markets:

  • Automotive
  • Healthcare
  • Automation
  • Consumer electronics
  • Communications
  • Smart technology/connected devices/IoT technology

With Jabil’s laser selective plating services, customers are introduced to new levels of innovation and freedom of design. Most importantly, partnering with Jabil offers more than just the advanced technology to produce high quality, in-demand products. Our collaborative culture and expertise provides unique end-to-end solutions that elevate customer performance. Our culture of integrity, ingenuity, and inspiration make us a trusted manufacturing solutions provider for the world’s top products. By partnering with Jabil, customers can rest easy with the assurance that their best interests are being protected by an industry leader and their product will be of the highest quality possible

Jabil’s Laser Selective Plating expertise is located throughout the world.