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Partnership delivers solar cell manufacturing solution

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DEK has announced a strategic partnership with BTU International, an alliance which will see the two technology leaders deliver complete in-line metallization process solutions for solar cell manufacturers. By combining DEK’s printing technologies and handling solutions with BTU’s high performance drying and firing systems, the partnership presents a powerful offering to the photovoltaic industry. The mass imaging process employed by the Europa and Galaxy printer platforms is ideal for creating the finer features required to maintain solar cell manufacturing productivity.

Mass imaging also overcomes a major technology challenge by exerting greater control over the deposition process. By forcing the material onto the substrate through screen and stencil apertures, thickness uniformity is guaranteed. In addition, the ProFlow-enclosed print head system delivers greater process control to enabling high accuracy screen printing of materials such as polymer thick film conductive inks. Key to the process is the engineering of advanced screen technologies critical to running a productive thin film solar cell manufacturing process.
“This new partnership will raise the bar in terms of productivity and throughput to deliver a distinct cost-of-ownership advantage for today’s photovoltaic manufacturers,” explains DEK CEO John Hartner. “An intrinsic part of our Expect More philosophy, this alliance is an ideal foundation from which to increase the commercial viability of alternative energies. We are delighted to be teaming up with BTU and look forward to building on our collective experience to positively address the primary challenges of this industry – lowering cost, driving throughput and ensuring ongoing productivity.”
His company’s background in thick-film and electronic surface mount assembly plays a vital role in minimising the wastage of high-value materials used in solar cell manufacture. It’s a solution for depositing the precision metallization layers required by photovoltaic manufacturers, its screen printing expertise presents a clear cost, quality, repeatability and scalability advantage for today’s competitive solar cell industry.
Productronica, Stand A4.305 and A4.126
EPP Europe 414
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