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What is screen mask?

Screen mask is the original plate used in the screen printing process, which is essential in the production of electronics products. In combination of frame, screen mesh and high quality in-house developed emulsion, we can provide a variety of screen masks to satisfy customer requirements.

Products of screen mask


NE mask (metallic screen mask)

What is NE mask?

A metal screen mask in which the patterned part of the screen plate is made of metal foil (nickel) instead of emulsion.


Pattern part is formed by metal foil (Ni).

Features of NE mask

Initial dimensional accuracy can be maintained because the intersection with SUS mesh is fixed with nickel.
Since the patterned part is made of metal foil, it has excellent printability and solvent resistance for printing and washing.
The patterned Ni foil is bonded to the mesh, resulting in a smooth surface.

Standard mask specifications
Frame size ~1000mm×1000mm
Mesh SUS mesh(calender mesh recommended)
Ni foil size ~470mm×570mm(fabricated according to basic combination specifications)
Ni foil thickness 5μm~100μm(thickness can be discussed separately)

※Detailed specifications will be confirmed at the meeting.

Precision after printing –NE Mask can keep its initial stage precision after repeated printing
Precision after printing

Pitch precision of NE Mask hardly changes after 10,000 shots for printing.

  • *Printing conditions
  • attack pressure of squeegee: 0.4MPa
  • Clearance: 1.0mm
  • squeegee speed: 150mm/sec
Edge wear condition (by rubbing test)
NE Mask

Rubbing test was conducted on the plate film using a rag impregnated with acetone.
After the rubbing test (1000 cycles), almost no change was observed at the edges.

Edge irregularity measurement
NE Mask


Combines high resolution emulsion and high precision mesh such as ST640, ST500, etc. Handles line width to the 15µm level. (Less than 10µm is now under development)*(1)

  • [Main applications: ]Printing of touch panel wiring, inductors, solar cell finger electrodes, high frequency parts, etc.
  • [Recommended mesh:*(2)]
    • 30μm⇒ST640・ST500
    • 50μm⇒ST500
    • 70μm⇒ST400
20μm line (single)
20μm line (single)
20μm line (bundled)
20μm line (bundled)
Opening 40μm / Emulsion thickness 30μm
Opening 40μm / Emulsion thickness 30μm

*(1)The smallest possible line varies, depending on mesh, emulsion thickness and image area, etc. Please contact us for details.
*(2)Varies depending on emulsion thickness, paste, etc.


TOPRO provides high tension screen mesh combined with various processing options, for excellent initial dimensions precision, and durable specifications.

  • [Main applications: ]Thin layer printing in condensers, etc
  • [Recommended mesh:]ST640CAL, ST500CAL, etc

*Achievable precision varies depending on substrates, options and the plate used.

6000Shot Print •6000Shot Print


Excellent surface smoothness, and prevents printing deterioration at low thickness of emulsion.
Handles down to 0µm emulsion thickness.*

*Handles wire diameters under 25µm. Please contact us about 25µm or higher wire diameters.

Enables printing with reduced thickness of mesh and emulsion, thinner printing and reduced saddle phenomena.

  • [Main applications: ]Thin layer printing for electrodes in condensers, etc
  • [Recommended mesh: ]ST640CAL, ST500CAL, etc

Comparison of printing

Normal version
Normal version
Arrow Printed result
Printed result
Flattening version Arrow Printed result
Printed result


Achieves high quality printing at stable tension and film thickness

  • [Main applications: ]Printing for sealing resins, adhesives, etc
  • [Recommended mesh:]Low mesh such as ST70, ST100, etc.


High precision plates are available for bulk patterning in large area of pattern printing. Solid plates can achieve uniform coating for solid printing.
In combination with the options processing to achieve higher accuracy and additional functions.

  • [Main applications:]For large display lines using EL seal printing, EL drying agents, etc.
  • [Recommended mesh:]Wide mesh such as ST325, ST400, etc.
  • Please contact us for the supported sizes.


Stailless-steel screen

  • Plain weave meshes made of reliable stainless-steel wire with excellent printability.
  • Available in various types from 70-mesh screens for thick film printing up to calendered 730-mesh screens for fine pitch patterns.
  • Adjustment of discharge by calendering process.

Polyester mesh screen

  • Cost-effective screen with a higher modulus of elasticity.
  • Widely preferred screen for a wide range of applications such as PCB, FPC and membrane sheets.

Plated screen

  • Metal coating fixes the mesh structure and keeps the elongation of a screen to a minimum, improving significantly the image size accuracy.
  • Ideal for applications in which ultimate image accuracy is of prime importance.
  • More detailed adjustment of discharge by controlling plating thickness.

High-tension stailless-steel screen

  • The wire material used for high-tension stainless-steel screens has a tensile strength three times greater than conventional stainless-steel wire, showing no more than one-eighth of the usual elongation. ※Refer to graph SX230, SX300 as below.
  • Such properties of the wire material allow ultra-thin wires to be used, thus realizing meshes with a high open area percentage – ideal for fine-pitch pattern printing.
  • Even high-viscosity paste can be printed easily with low pressure, giving outstanding image accuracy in pattern printing.
  • Twill can also be ordered.
Our own measurement data of stress-elongation
Stress-elongation curve


  • Tungsten mesh
  • V screen
  • Metal mesh


Radar chart comparing characteristics of main emulsions

Emulsion name Radar chart Characteristics
NOA NOA Radar chart Standard emulsion of TOPRO.
Our emulsions offer excellent stencil resolution, abrasion resistance and solvent resistance.
High solvent resistance that resistance to polar solvent like N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone.
ARK ARK Radar chart Soften NOA emulsion.
Minimized cracking such as at the corners of alumina boards.
NCS NCS Radar chart For MLCC printing.
Excellent stencil resolution, and it suppresses the blurring of MLCC paste.
Excellent abrasion resistance with its softness.
TAX-G TAX-G Radar chart For MLCC printing.
In combination with the BK processing (fluorine coat processing) to suppress blurring.
NEX-S NEX-S Radar chart For solar cell printing.
Good passing property of the paste due to its fine stencil constituent particles with weak releasability.
PAL PAL Radar chart For LTCC printing.
High resolution screen printing can be obtained because it prevents the leakage of paste at the backside of the stencil with its softness.

*Further special emulsions are also available for individual applications. Please enquire.


Combination meshing

Combination meshing
  • In this construction, a steel wire mesh is suspended on a supporting polyester mesh. Thus the advantages of both elastic polyester mesh and stable steel wire mesh are combined.
  • High tension level.

Backings for supporting mesh

Backings for supporting mesh
  • The stability of supporting mesh is reinforced by backing materials, which improves the reliability of combination-meshed screens.
  • It contributes to dimensional stability.

Corner R

Corner R
  • It reduces the damage during printing.
    * Patent No. 3462125

Polygon combination

  • Combination of pentagon or more (Unusual-shaped combination)
    * Patent No. 3492651 (Taiwan, China, South Korea patented)

BK Mask

Without processingWithout processing
With processingWith processing
  • Fluorine application on the emulsion surface to have hydro and oil repellency.


  • This process aims to make the emulsion surface flat and smooth, preventing the emulsion from forming bumps on the knuckles of the mesh. (The effect is especially prominent in thin coatings.)


Screen frames play a vital role in screen printing.
As the dimensional accuracy and the correct screen tensioning are essential for the quality of high-precision screen printing, it is important to select the right frames for the accuracy and strength of the construction.

Frame Size

*Cast Aluminum frames ~ 800

Recommended frame

frame size
Frame types・Size (H×W×t)
cast B material C material SPC4
20×30×1.5 30×40×2.0 30×40×3.0
frame size
Frame types・Size (H×W×t)
I material SPCK SPHK SPK
30×50×2.74 32×42×5.0(4.0) 30×60×4.0(3.0) 40×80×3.0

Frame strength

Deflection(mm): manufacturers’ catalog value (Short side / Long side)

Frame size Frame types・Size
cast B material C material SPC4
320×320 0.095 0.070
450×450 0.086 0.275 0.080 0.058
550×550 0.613 0.179 0.129
550×650 0.008/0.251 0.094/1.810 0.027/0.527 0.020/0.381
650×750 0.031/0.363 0.360/3.086 0.105/0.898 0.076/0.650
736×736 0.572 0.414
800×800 0.343 0.799 0.578
950×950 1.589 1.149
Frame size Frame types・Size
I material SPCK SPHK SPK
450×450 0.031
550×550 0.070
550×650 0.011/0.207
650×750 0.041/0.353
736×736 0.235 0.225 0.104
800×800 0.328 0.314 0.145
950×950 0.653 0.625 0.288 ※□1500:0.070
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