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DEK Launches Eclipse for Solar Cell Production
Solar cell production line.
Weymouth, U.K. — DEK Solar is launching its highly anticipated Eclipse platform — an advanced metallization line that provides extraordinary levels of flexibility.
The Eclipse provides a high-throughput metallization solution for commercial solar cell production. Launching an entirely new, flexible platform design concept, the new system incorporates a series of field retrofittable process modules that enable manufacturers to easily scale production up and down, to 1200, 2400 or 3600 wph.
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.
Eclipse performance can be easily upgraded in the field for manufacturers who foresee a production ramp up in their future. Spacer process modules equipped with conveyors can be deployed at initial installation, then simply exchanged for additional print capacity when demand dictates — eliminating the need to reconfigure the entire line to accommodate extra modules and streamlining scalability even further.
In configurations of 2400 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. Offering six-sigma repeatability for capability in advance of current solar cell requirements, the platform also achieves print-on-print capability (PoP) of ±12.5µ at 2Cpk.
Contact: DEK Solar, Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 9TH U.K.
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