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DEK launches Stinger; brand new low volume adhesive dispenser

Apr 27, 2009

DEK has launched its brand new Stinger* technology, an integrated low volume adhesive dispense module enabling dual function capability from a single screen printing platform. Ideal for customers working with mixed technology boards for example, Stinger is an easy-to-use, flexible system featuring innovative patented technology to eliminate unnecessary stoppages and raise productivity.

Traditionally, adhesive is used to secure Surface Mount Devices (SMDs) to the underside of the board during wave soldering or for large components in a reflow system. Stinger is pioneering advances in this arena by allowing manufacturers to dispense adhesive dots on a pre-programmed pattern after the paste printed process has finished. Easily integrated on board the printer, Stinger delivers dual function capability from a single platform, ideal for mixed technology applications requiring both solder paste and adhesive. Typical uses include those where adhesive is deposited for large devices that still require a wave solder process, products exposed to harsh environments, and fringe SMT applications such as corner bonding.

The unique technology dispenses through a patented consumable auger valve system contained within the Stinger module. Enabling simple adhesive changeover with no system cleaning required, the removed valve can be reused with product changeover taking just a few minutes. By ensuring rapid product change and replenishment without system cleaning, Stinger minimizes manual intervention to eliminate production errors and streamline dispensing performance. Simple and fast set-up is enabled by DEK's Instinctiv� V9 advanced machine user interface which delivers intuitive operator prompts and guidance to enhance usability and reduce operator training requirements. With an extensive choice of programmable set-up options at product file, site and machine level, Instinctiv V9 significantly widens Stinger's production possibilities.

�Stinger is an important development for DEK and our customers, reinforcing our 'expect more' philosophy to enable manufacturers to get more out of their print process,� explains John Southam, DEK Product Specialist. �Able to be easily attached to a standard DEK printer, Stinger does not replace a regular dispenser but instead, facilitates dual functionality to extend application possibilities for customers working with mixed technology PCBs. What's more, programmed simply and quickly through the DEK Instinctiv V9 interface, dot size can be varied to match precise production requirements. Available as an option on new screen printing platforms or completely retrofittable on most V9-compatible platforms, it couldn't be easier to get Stinger in your line � and realize the productivity benefits it brings with it.�

* Stinger. Innovation by Ovation Products.

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

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