Thermal interface materials (TIMs) are used in computers, lighting, power electronics, and other systems that generate excess heat. They create a thermal path from a heat-generating component to a heat sink, an active or passive device that dissipates heat. In products such as cell phones, LED lights, and automotive batteries, heat that’s not discharged properly can reduce service life. In some cases, excess heat can even cause component failure.
Engineers who need thermal management solutions have a variety of TIMs to choose from. Unlike thermal greases, die cut products aren’t messy and will conform to surface irregularities. They don’t require expensive dispensing equipment or time-consuming cleanups either. Examples of these die cut products include thermal tape, thermal pads, phase-change materials, gap filler pads, and heat spreaders. Die cut thermal interface materials also include graphite gaskets that provide numerous advantages.