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Award-Winning ProFlow� Technology from DEK Evolves to Broaden Capability and Expand Process Window

Mar 20, 2008

Since it�s introduction to the electronics industry over ten years ago, DEK�s ProFlow� enclosed head printing system has won numerous awards and effectively enabled many advances in materials deposition applications around the globe. Now, as ProFlow moves into its second decade, the technology has been further developed to deliver an expanded process window and even broader capabilities.

The inherent benefits of ProFlow enclosed head printing include exceptionally efficient materials transfer, superior throughput rates, higher process yields, lower material consumption and improved process control. Because the material is contained in a sealed environment, as opposed to being exposed to air as in traditional squeegee applications, enclosed head printing affords the environmental and cost saving benefits of lower material waste. Building on the foundation of existing ProFlow engineering, DEK technical specialists have now extended the system�s capabilities to deliver efficiencies for a wide variety of applications including traditional solder paste printing, flux deposition, adhesives and encapsulant printing, solder spheres, thermal interface materials, biomedical formulations and more.

�The relevance of ProFlow has been proven time and time again,� says Dave Foggie, DEK Semiconductor Packaging Technologies and Alternative Applications Group Manager. �Not only has it positively impacted countless processes worldwide, ProFlow technology has also been licensed by nearly every major screen printing manufacturer which is further validation of its ingenious design and incomparable capability. Through innovative engineering, we have now broadened ProFlow�s abilities to substantially widen the application base.�

The extended competence of ProFlow now incorporates the ability to mix and condition materials and delivers uniform performance control. By independently creating a body of conditioned material at the stencil interface, the performance of processes such as Pin-in-Paste are also dramatically improved. Other alterations include the use of industry standard materials syringe packaging, a modified chamber design to simplify cleaning and direct material loading capability.

Part of DEK�s suite of Productivity Tools, ProFlow is unequivocally the world�s most successful enclosed printing technology. Now, with the ability to extend its exceptional performance capabilities to even more applications, ProFlow is poised to raise the bar yet again on materials deposition technology.

For more information on DEK�s ProFlow technology, log onto http://www.dek.com. DEK ProFlow specialists will be on hand at the APEX event in Las Vegas from April 1- April 3 and invite anyone who is interested in learning more about ProFlow to visit them at booth #1659.

About DEK

DEK is a global provider of advanced materials deposition technologies and support solutions including printing equipment platforms, stencils, precision screens and mass imaging processes used across a wide range of applications in electronics pre-placement subassembly, semiconductor wafer manufacture, and alternative energy component production. For more information, visit DEK at http://www.dek.com

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