Despatch Industries Introduces New UltraFlex(TM) Dryer and Firing Furnace with Microzone(TM) Technology

Minneapolis, Minn., U.S.A. - Despatch Industries, a leading process technology provider for the solar industry, announces the availability of its new, UltraFlex(TM) dryer and firing furnace with Microzone(TM) Technology. This new, state-of-the-art tool is designed to provide next generation capabilities in performance, profile flexibility and reduced cost of ownership. Despatch has already sold its first UltraFlex unit to research and development institute, SERIS.

"Our new UltraFlex defies conventional furnace design in many ways," states Jeff Bell, Product Manager. "We have taken our current, industry-leading dryer and firing furnace and reengineered it top to bottom to create a smarter, more efficient tool with a smaller footprint and a first-of-its-kind configuration."

In the new UltraFlex, Despatch redesigned the airflow system for increased efficiency. Despatch also developed new, custom lamps that operate at optimal levels for extended life and enable maximum absorption of energy into each cell. The company's Microzone Technology provides customers with infinite profile flexibility, independent of belt speed. Microzone lamps are configured to create the sharp divisions and tight control necessary to adapt to the industry's ever-changing pastes and cell architectures.

The UltraFlex incorporates the company's patented, push-button chamber design, and now features a smooth, easily cleanable interior to minimize maintenance time. The UltraFlex can also achieve rapid thermal ramping and cooling rates of up to 200°C per second to create precise profiles and intervals above critical temperature thresholds.

The tool's efficient configuration incorporates a four meter drying section that provides optimal drying at faster belt speeds, and yet, the UltraFlex system is two and a half meters shorter than comparable systems. A new, patent-pending VOC Thermal Oxidizer is integrated into the dryer to provide virtually maintenance free elimination of VOCs at point-of-generation.

"This revolutionary piece of equipment continues Despatch's tradition of innovation in design and engineering," states Bell. "The progressive features of the UltraFlex reinforce our commitment to providing our customers with the tools and technology that will take their operations to the next level of efficiency and process performance, while reducing their cost of ownership."

Despatch currently holds the number one market share for metallization firing furnaces and has shipped over 8GW of firing furnace production capacity worldwide. The company's portfolio of firing furnaces is universally recognized for providing uniform, stable and repeatable cavity temperature, the highest yields and lowest cost of ownership. Despatch's technology is the industry standard with profile flexibility for development of new processes and materials.

Despatch Industries partners with solar industry leaders to provide the process technology expertise for integrated solutions that make solar power a viable and affordable energy option. Despatch is consistently recognized for exceptional performance and process quality, optimal cell efficiency, maximum equipment uptime and reduced operating costs.

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