CMC products for thermal management in electronics

A well-known rule of thumb from electronics says that reducing the temperature by 10 ° C doubles the lifetime of a device.

This shows that thermal management is an important topic for LED applications, industrial PCs, solar converters, motor controls, high frequency power supplies, for super caps, high performance capacitors, together with Peltier elements, in battery technology, power grids, in information technology, power electronics such as IGBT units, dv / dt filters, noise filters in general and in automotive applications (HEV, OBC, DC / DC converters).

Thermoconductive insulation films, silicone film, metal foils

CMC Klebetechnik offers efficient products (e.g. Kapton MT +) for "heat dissipation". This ensures the heat can be removed as quickly as possible from the place of origin.

It is roughly divided into thermoconductive materials which are also electroconductive and those products which, although conducting the heat, have an electrically insulating effect. In addition to the Kapton® variants described here, you can also receive thermoconductive silicone films and gap fillers from CMC. All these solutions are not only interesting for electronics manufacturers, but also for EMS service providers.

The thermoconductive films can be used as galvanic isolation between the heat sink or heat spreader, to compensate  unevenness on the circuit board or are as thin and space-saving as possible: CMC Klebetechnik offers the right material for your thermal path - in electronics production, transformer construction, for electric drives , electric heaters in dryers, air heaters, oil heaters, for LED illuminations, pipe heaters or in other thermal applications: heat management on demand.

Kapton® polyimide films offer high dielectric strength, extreme thermal stability, low shrinkage and can not break. They are therefore above all in the electronics industry preferred foils for e.g. flexible printed circuits, insulation and heat conduction. Kapton® MT films can also be used as replacement for aluminum oxide ceramic discs (flexible, break-proof).

Compensation of heat transfer resistance

For heat management (thermal management) in electrical engineering and electronics, CMC Klebetechnik offers variants with different coatings based on the heat-conductive Kapton® MT + films. These coatings compensate the surface roughness and thereby significantly reduce the forming contact resistances. Kapton® MT / MT + films are an essential complement to all products offered by CMC for heat management in electronics.

If no insulation function is required or guaranteed by a mechanically defined distance, you can also use gap-filler TEMPRION ™ GF for thermal coupling. These highly-pasty masses (viscious heat conducting paste) are thermoconductive, can, for example, be dispensed from a cartridge. They are a silicone-free alternativeto preformed silicone films. A typical example is DuPont ™ Temprion ™ GF0300 with 3.5 W / m * K heat conduction and good surface wetting.

Other applications include: industrial, road, ship, facade and parking lot lighting, stadium and stage lights and vehicle headlights, on-board chargers, power converters, DC / AC rectifiers, converters DC / DC in electric vehicles (powertrain) , servo inverters as well as high-performance electronics and in medical technology.

Short overview Kapton® MT tapes for TIM-applications
(not all versions are standard and are bound to min. order qty.)

CMC-type, tape in 1 mil und 2 mil

 Kapton MT




 TPC / ---

CMC 73240

CMC 73540

 TAC / ---

CMC 73250

CMC 73550

 TPS / ---

CMC 73260

CMC 73560



CMC 73244

CMC 73544


CMC 73245

CMC 73545


CMC 73255

CMC 73555


CMC 73266

CMC 73566

TPC: Thermal Phase Change (melts at around 60°C and wets surfaces perfectly)
TAC: age-resistant,thermally conductive acrylate adhesive
TPS: extremely temperature resistant, thermoconductive polysiloxane adhesive

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Need for heat conduction in various applications and industries

Thermoconductive CMC products are made to customer specifications for the following applications....

IT technology: WLAN routers, servers, notebooks, VOIP phones, memory modules, hard disks and printers

Power supplies: Inverters, power converters, network components (smart grid), uninterruptible power supplies, DC / DC inverters, solar inverters, engine control units, Buck Boost DC / DC converters; high power resistors with aluminum housing / heatsink.

Automotive engeneering: daytime running lights, brake lights (LED strip), electronics for power steering, ABS brake modules, car electronics, power semiconductors, HV junction box, battery container, car control unit (CCU), HV air conditioning, HV ACC, HV booster

Home and Lighting Technology: Power LED Lamps, smart meters, audio equipment, LCD TV’s, Smart Meter Gateway (SMGW)

Cooling technology, climate control units, cooling units: Of course, cooling units and Peltier elements (thermoelectric cooling modules) can also be connected to heat sinks using TIM products

In WBG (Wide Bandgap) electronics (SiC, GaN) or silicone-based (IGBT, thyristor) with higher operating temperatures and high-performable, tightly packed applications, Kapton® guarantees long-term electrical insulation and heat conduction thanks to its high temperature resistance.

as well as in medical technology and in the construction of electric motors and generators.

Applications for thermal conductive Kapton® MT / MT + are found in nearly all industries, especially for these markets and applications:

  • Electrical energy storage
  • Transportation (trains, buses, etc)
  • UPS and motor drives
  • Silicon carbide (SiC) applications
  • EV and HEV automotive applications
  • Telecommunication
  • Alternative energy such as wind and solar
  • Industrial power conversion


Questions to a TIM in the context of the operating life consideration (life-cycle)

  • Performance of TIM materials at surface pressure (pump-out)
  • Performance of different TIM materials in Powercircle (degration)
  • Changes of thermal resistance in the presence of vibrations
  • Which mechanical tension is transmitted to the component by the TIM
  • Readjusting capabilities (e.g., Powercircle with CTE pumps) of TIMs (e.g., silicone films)
  • Performance on temperature cycles and shock load by interface materials
  • Balancing behavior of TIMs in higher-order deformations (concave, convex, wavy)
  • Chemical resistance and performance within electrical insulation systems
  • Fire behavior of TIM`s
  • Changes of the dielectric strength via aging or deformation (thickness reduction)
  • Setting behavior of gap fillers and thermoconductive gels under mechanical stress
  • Installation “rules” to select the right TIM at the right strain (for example, constant pressure or gap)
  • General service life behavior of TIM`s
Kapton® MT - Stanzteile für galvanische Trennung und thermische Kopplung Kapton® MT - die-cut parts for electrical insualtion and thermal coupling