The directive brings solar cell processing into the mainstream at DEK, where it will sit alongside the firm�s other core activities in the semiconductor packaging and the electronics Surface Mount Technology (SMT) assembly sectors � where DEK enjoys a dominant market share in many regions of the globe.
DEK was at the forefront of solar cell manufacture in the late 1970�s, delivering systems to customers in India, Taiwan and China. The company�s thick film expertise was later transferred to DEK Japan, where equipment development and process refinement has continued. �We�ve never been out of the solar business,� explains John Knowles, Chairman of DEK. �DEK Japan maintained the continuity, and with renewed impetus in the solar energy sector we have stepped up a gear by investing in development resources, bringing photovoltaic back into DEK�s mainstream portfolio. This allows us to continue to deliver innovative solutions worldwide�.
DEK has developed a new range of highly modular PV cell manufacturing solutions to accommodate the demanding needs of the industry going forward. Based on the company�s multi-award-winning SMT platform philosophy, the systems offer exceptional accuracy, dramatically faster processing speeds and a much smaller footprint, while intrinsic modularity allows throughput scalability without requiring customers to source additional lines.
The company will leverage its comprehensive global logistics and applications support infrastructure to deliver a significant competitive advantage, along with its lean manufacturing procedures to slash equipment delivery lead times. �The industry accepts lead times of six months or more,� says Knowles. �We will mirror the book-to-ship timeframes of our SMT platforms, which is measured in weeks. For standard systems, it�s not unusual for DEK to ship in the same month as the order is placed.�
Knowles concludes, �The PV sector is growing rapidly and needs progressive manufacturing solutions. It�s a business we understand and know. Our global infrastructure, the small machine footprint, inherent scalability and fast delivery times make a highly competitive and compelling customer offer.�
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 http://www.dek.com