Xenon Corp. has launched the Sinteron 2000 system for sintering, or annealing, conductive nanoparticles on heat-sensitive materials at low cost. Performing pulsed-light photonic curing, the system can sinter conductive inks in <1 ms on materials including paper, polyethylene films and polyethylene terephthalate. It is flexible, offering researchers the ability to adjust both the energy level and pulse durations delivered to the flashlamp. Its speed and low substrate heat – one flash in <1 ms at room temperatures with up to 2000 J – delivers good conductivity while offering the ability to sinter copper nano inks as well as silver. Applications include printed electronics in areas such as displays, smart cards, radio-frequency identification and solar. The noncontact process makes it suitable for such web-based techniques as ink jet, flexography, gravure and screen print.