DEK Develops Eclipse Metallization Platform


DEK Solar, a provider of technologies and process support to solar cell manufacturers, says it is preparing to launch its Eclipse platform at this year's European PV Solar Energy Conference, which will be held in September in Valencia, Spain.

Launching a new, flexible-platform design concept, Eclipse incorporates a series of field retrofittable process modules that enable manufacturers to easily scale production up and down to 1,200, 2,400 or 3,600 wafers per hour (wph), the company says.

The primary process modules, including the print head and loader, incorporate master controls and are designated as ‘master’ units. Additional process modules operate as secondary ‘slaves,’ making the scale-up process even more cost-effective, according to DEK.

Eclipse performance can be upgraded in the field. Spacer process modules equipped with conveyors can be deployed at initial installation and then exchanged for additional print capacity when demand dictates, eliminating the need to reconfigure the entire line to accommodate extra modules.

In configurations of 2,400 wph and above, Eclipse deploys multiple print heads that function independently in parallel, ensuring that if one head halts for operator attention, the others continue to print, virtually eliminating downtime, DEK says.

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