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ProtoDesign, Inc. Selects DEK�s Horizon 03i Platform

Jan 21, 2008

After thoughtful analysis regarding the screen printing system needed to take ProtoDesign, Inc. to the next level of production, the company has decided to partner with DEK and has selected the leading Horizon 03i platform for its manufacturing requirements.

Founded in 1991, Utica, Michigan-based ProtoDesign, Inc. is a design and electronics services firm that prides itself on personalized design and production expertise, outstanding product quality and impeccable attention to detail. With design and manufacturing services for a variety of market sectors including medical, industrial, security and public service, ProtoDesign is a medium-sized manufacturing company specializing in short-run product design and prototype production. The addition of the Horizon 03i to ProtoDesign�s automated production line will effectively enable the company to double its output in the coming year.

Commenting on the decision to select DEK, John C. Zimmer, Manufacturing Manager at ProtoDesign says the Horizon 03i was the obvious choice for many reasons. �Prior to investing in the Horizon 03i, we were running a manual screen printing operation �the only piece of our SMT production that was still manual. When we decided to automate the pre-placement process, we evaluated all the players in the screen printing business and, frankly, DEK�s solution just delivered more of what we need � a robust system with outstanding repeatability, an experienced team that can assist with applications requirements, and a world-class customer support infrastructure.�

DEK�s Horizon 03i delivers a performance and value combination that is untouchable. Built on an optimized printer frame that delivers maximum mechanical and thermal stability, the Horizon 03i comes equipped with DEK�s award-winning Instictiv� user interface and the ISCAN� control network which supports a faster, lighter and more reliable bus system to enable advanced features. The system is easily adapted to host a variety of performance upgrades and offers tremendous manufacturing flexibility, particularly for companies that require high throughput and rapid changeover capabilities. Horizon 03i is the ideal solution for assemblers seeking the lowest cost of ownership.

�We realize that by DEK�s standards, we�re a small customer,� says Zimmer as he watches the Horizon 03i print another board with absolute precision. �But, the attention we have been given thus far and the expertise and professionalism displayed by the DEK team have confirmed what others already know: DEK treats all customers as equals. We couldn�t be more delighted with our decision and we know our customers will be the ultimate beneficiaries of the Horizon 03i�s capabilities.�

For more information on the DEK Horizon 03i, please visit the company�s website at ProtoDesign, Inc. can be contacted via phone at 586 -739-4340 or online at

About DEK

DEK is a global provider of advanced pre-placement manufacturing solutions and innovative deposition technologies for a wide range of electronic materials. For more information, visit DEK at

About ProtoDesign, Inc.

ProtoDesign, Inc. (PDI) is an electronic engineering and manufacturing company that operates as a virtual extension of its customers� operations. Through a unique understanding of each customer�s business climate and end-product goals, PDI delivers quality services and high performance products that exceed customer expectations.

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