Diamond dicing is a process that must be skillfully executed in order to yield quality products at high production volumes. Diamond dicing is best performed by experts, as there are many challenges that one may encounter while dicing materials. The following are a few ways to overcome common challenges to diamond dicing.
1. Implement Strict Controls
Strict controls can help to ensure accuracy and quality of finished products and may assist with producing higher yields. Carefully controlling the torque and monitoring all aspects of the dicing process closely can help to prevent chipping, which can reduce waste and improve yields. Monitoring the process closely can also aid in identifying issues before products or materials are affected.
2. Adjust Speed and Exercise Patience
The feed rate directly influences the amount of time that a project takes to complete. With this in mind, it can be tempting to increase the feed rate in order to complete projects faster and increase productivity. However, higher feed rates can cause increased occurrences of chipping and can diminish the quality of the finished product. It is important to exercise patience and to find a good middle ground for the feed rate.
3. Consider Vendor Recommendations
Vendors will often make recommendations about which blade size and type to use for a particular project. Vendors may also make recommendations regarding coolant and tape usage. It is worthwhile to consider vendor recommendations, but it is also important to do independent research. Vendors may be promoting their own products or trying to make additional sales. Vendors may also be going on the word of an affiliated company or the findings of shoddy research.
4. Follow Blade Maintenance Instructions
A poorly maintained blade can negatively impact yields and product quality while undoing all efforts to control product size and shape accuracy. Poorly maintained diamond blades will not make the same narrow cuts and may cause material to chip or even crack. Blades should be cleaned and sharpened regularly, and should be replaced at the first signs of wear or damage. By maintaining the diamond blade, the life of the blade may also be extended, reducing overall equipment costs.
5. Outsource Diamond Dicing Needs
In order to overcome diamond dicing challenges in the most efficient and cost effective way, it may be helpful to outsource diamond dicing needs. Companies that specialize in diamond dicing guarantee the quality of products. Diamond dicing companies also take care of all of the headaches, maintenance, and equipment costs, which may be invaluable.