Metal Etching

About MET

History

  • 1984
  • Engineers at Microcircuit Engineering were asked to design a screen which would better transfer solder paste. This wire mesh screen was chemically etched to remove the wires in the aperture areas.
  • 1988
  • By chemically etching a brass foil, the first true all "metal" stencil was made.
  • 1989
  • A separate metal stencil division was set up in its own facility.
  • 1991
  • MET Associates incorporated as an independent company.
  • 1992
  • 2nd etching line installed.
  • Stainless steel replaces brass as the preferred stencil material
  • Electro-polishing added to improve paste release
  • 1997
  • First laser for "cutting" stencils was purchased. The superior accuracy of laser-cut stencils gradually began to push chemically etched stencils aside.
  • MET ownership changed hands from Stewart Stalnecker to the current partners, Ting Shi and Fred Cox.
  • 2002
  • MET moved its operations to a new building in Lumberton, NJ; its current location.
  • Additional laser capacity purchased
  • 2006
  • MET acquires a stencil making operation in Minnesota (capable of both chemically etching and laser cutting)
  • Electroforming line set up to make nickel stencils.
  • 2007
  • MET purchased additional laser capacity.
  • 2nd electroforming line set up.
  • 2010
  • MET purchased additional laser capacity.
  • MET opens facility in Mooresville, North Carolina.
  • 2011
  • MET acquires stencil maker ASI of New Hampshire
  • 2012
  • MET purchased additional laser capacity.
  • MET opens facility in Melbourne, Florida.
  • 2014
  • MET purchased additional laser capacity for its plants in New Jersey, Indiana, and Minnesota
  • MET opens a new facility in Ft Wayne, IN
  • 2015
  • MET purchased additional laser capacity for its plant in New Jersey
  • MET introduces EZ-Step stencils
  • MET opens a new facility in Burnsville, MN
  • MET licenses NanoSlic Coating System