Flash Electronics Receives Combined Strength Award from DEK

DEK, the world's leading high accuracy, mass imaging solutions provider has awarded Flash Electronics with its prestigious Combined Strength Award, recognizing the EMS leader for its partnership and worldwide use of DEK's complete pre-placement solutions package.

Since its inception in 1994, Flash Electronics has been a DEK customer, relying on the company's leading printing equipment platforms for its materials deposition requirements. But, as the EMS firm quickly expanded to six locations worldwide, it became clear that global, seamless product transfer was imperative and that Flash would also benefit from DEK's stencil, tooling and consumables expertise to ensure manufacturing consistency, cost efficiency and timely customer product delivery on a worldwide scale.

"Since we often need to transfer product from our facilities in the Americas to locations in China, we must have a supplier partner that can provide us with global product consistency," says Long Pham, SMT Engineering Manager at Flash Electronics. "Previous experiences with other systems and vendors led to unnecessary, costly steps to correct problems with aperture quality and offset, stencils damaged in shipping and late delivery. Because of DEK's ability to repeat transfer product between their global facilities, partnering exclusively with them has eliminated these problems and allows us to ensure superior quality, cost efficiency and quick time to market."
As one of the world's premiere providers of total manufacturing solutions, from design review, DFM/DFT to prototype and volume system production, Flash Electronics employs more than 1,600 staff worldwide and delivers leading-edge electronics products to some of the world's most well-known companies. Constantly improving systems and anticipating future technology requirements enables to the company to attract high-caliber, global clients.

"We are always staying at the forefront of technology and preparing for upcoming market and technology shifts, such as the transition to lead-free," says Pham. "This is another area where DEK's expertise has further enabled our processes. DEK's lead-free research and applications work has saved us considerable time and resources, which will ultimately benefit our customers."

The partnership between Flash Electronics and DEK has enabled product and process development on both sides: DEK has also gained from the shared knowledge of this relationship. "The Flash and DEK teams have worked as one to find solutions to manufacturing challenges, add efficiency to global processes and help ensure high-yield, top quality products for Flash's well-known customers," says Neil MacRaild, DEK Americas General Manager. "This cooperation and partnership is the essence of DEK's combined strength philosophy and the reason why Flash Electronics has been presented with our Combined Strength Award."

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Rich Heimsch
DEK International GmbH.
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E: rheimsch@dek.com
Internet: www.dek.com

Zoe Walter
Protean Marketing Communications
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E: zoe.walter@protean.co.uk
Internet: www.protean.co.uk

Long Pham
Flash Electronics
E: longp@flashelec.com
Internet: www.flashelec.com

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