Photofabrication Engineering Inc.

Enabling New Technologies through Metal Etching Applications

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Photoetched Metal Parts for Solar Energy

Photofabrication Engineering (PEI) etches pure titanium to create anodes and cathodes for the fuel cell industry. As the leading expert in etching exotic materials and titanium for a broad variety of solar and energy generation applications (including fuel cells, batteries, and nuclear and desalination systems), PEI’s unique capabilities allow us to etch metals to multiple depths without the resist failures common to this etching process.

PEI is able to do this because our photochemical etching machines were developed specifically to meet the demanding requirements of exotic metal etching. Our machines are 30 in. (762 mm) wide, and either two- or four-chambered for high production quantities. The internal parts of these etching machines are constructed of special proprietary alloys, so that they are unaffected by our patented copper-based etchant.

PEI's executive staff meets twice a year to conduct a management review of the ISO system. PEI is in the 90th percentile in internal quality, external quality, and on-time delivery to customers.

Titanium fuel cells, oxygen generators and hydrogen generators represent a giant step in the development of clean energy technology. Used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical systems, biotechnology, wastewater treatment, and pulp and paper (bleaching), these products are becoming increasingly cost-effective as well as environmentally desirable. PEI’s unique ability to produce lightweight photoetched titanium parts in production quantities allows solar product manufacturers to meet high-volume, low-cost manufacturing goals to accelerate the commercial viability of fuel cells as well as oxygen and hydrogen generators, as mandated by the U.S. Energy Department.

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