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Speedprint’s SP700avi Stencil Printer Improves Throughput at Harvard Engineering

Oct 09, 2009

DORSET, UNITED KINGDOM - Speedprint Technology Ltd., a division of Blakell Europlacer Group, announces that Harvard Engineering chose its SP700avi stencil printer to improve throughput.

Harvard Engineering was established in 1993 and is now one of Europe’s major designers and manufacturers of electronic ballasts and control gear. The company is the supplier for the majority of all of the leading commercial, retail and emergency lighting manufacturers in the UK and Europe, as well the US and Far Eastern markets.

Harvard Engineering was the world’s first ballast manufacturer to gain ENEC approval for HID ballasts. Based in a manufacturing plant in Leeds, England, its in-house facilities incorporate one of the best equipped research and development labs in the lighting industry. The flexible manufacturing lines can be used to produce custom ranges, as well as custom built products to specific customer requirements.

Harvard Engineering is growing fast. Earlier this year, the company identified the need to replace its stencil printer. It required a reliable, state-of-the-art printer to ensure that throughput was maintained to the highest standard.

Engineer Nick Kendall was given the task of evaluating the market. Europlacer invited Harvard Engineering to its open house in July 2009, which Kendall attended. It was clear that, technically, the Speedprint SP700avi was the right machine and Kendall was very impressed with the professionalism of the staff and organization at Europlacer.

Kendall advised Martin Baum, Financial Director for Harvard Engineering, that the SP700avi was the best solution for them. Looking at Speedprint’s history, he could see that this was a healthy company that he was more than willing to invest with.

The SP700avi stencil printer combines Speedprint’s commitment to high performance and reliability with outstanding value. The system has been designed to cope with the rigors of high-volume SMT production, while incorporating the flexibility needed in high-mix, quick product set-up and changeover environments.

Gary Brown, Blakell Europlacer’s Regional Sales Manager, commented, “We are always happy to win new business, but it is particularly satisfying to have been selected by Harvard, who are clearly developing and growing their business.”

For more information about Harvard Engineering, visit For more information about Speedrint Technology Ltd., visit

About Speedprint Technology Ltd.

Speedprint Technology became a division of the Blakell Europlacer Group of companies in September 1998. Following the acquisition and re-establishment of Speedprint, the group formed a new engineering team, many of which had years of experience with locally based printer manufacturers including DEK and SMTech, to develop and enhance the company’s portfolio of products. In keeping with the ethos of the Blakell Group’s desire to offer flexible and innovative solutions to the market, Speedprint is committed to delivering affordable leading edge stencil printing technology. The realization of this ambition is clearly illustrated by the company’s flagship avi range of fully automatic inline printers. Today, Speedprint operates from a hi-tech 18,000 sq. ft. facility based in Poole, in southern United Kingdom.

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