Technology in Practice: DEK to Showcase Latest Advancements at APEX 2011

Maintaining a commitment to technology advancement and R&D investment - even through the recent global downturn - is a strategy that has resulted in DEK's development of several new ground-breaking printing innovations. All of these latest technologies will be showcased at the upcoming APEX event taking place April 12 - 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada and DEK invites show delegates to see these advances live at booth #1258.

Making its debut at APEX 2011 is DEK's much anticipated HawkEye Bridging post-print verification technology. Built on the success of the original HawkEye system, HawkEye Bridging incorporates all of the benefits of its predecessor and extends them even further with the added capability of shorts and contamination detection. Designed with operators in mind, HawkEye is a high-speed paste-on-pad verification system that delivers an instant go/no-go instruction to the operator. The system highlights insufficient paste and prompts corrective action. Now, with the added functionality of HawkEye Bridging, operators have even more control and problem prevention capability with the new shorts and contamination detection offered with this latest innovation from DEK. Demonstrations of HawkEye Bridging will be available on-demand at APEX.

Throughout the three-day event, DEK will also host live demonstrations of its breakthrough ProActiv technology on board the Horizon 01iX print platform. Setting the traditional Area Ratio rule book on its head, ProActiv extends the historic 0.60 Area Ratio to a remarkable 0.40 - all while using a single thickness stencil. For those familiar with the challenges associated with highly miniaturized devices and/or heterogeneous assemblies, the print process latitude ProActiv enables is a welcome addition to the technology toolbox. Visitors to the show can witness live printing with ProActiv at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on April 12th and 13th and at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on April 14th.

As good prints are dependent upon good stencils, DEK has also developed a highly-effective stencil nano coating to improve the performance of new and existing stencils. Simple, low cost and remarkably effective, DEK's Nano-ProTek is a unique, proprietary coating formula that renders the entire stencil surface fluxophobic. By preventing flux from leaching out, pulling with it metal particles across the web of the stencil, Nano-ProTek simply and cost-effectively increases stencil cleaning effectiveness and reduces cleaning frequency. Application is straightforward and is achieved with a simple two-part wipe process. From a specially-designated stencil technology area within the DEK APEX exhibit, DEK technologists will show visitors the ease-of-use and effectiveness of Nano-ProTek.

In addition to all of these latest breakthroughs, DEK's APEX display will include its award-winning Horizon iX print platform, its high performance understencil fabrics and chemistries, market-leading VectorGuard stencil technologies and unmatched customer support tools - all delivering on DEK's 'Expect More' philosophy.

For more information or to schedule a demo, please call DEK's US headquarters at +1-847-368-1155, ext. 7759.

About DEK
DEK is a global provider of advanced materials deposition technologies and support solutions including printing equipment platforms, stencils, precision screens and mass imaging processes used across a wide range of applications in electronics pre-placement subassembly, semiconductor wafer manufacture, and alternative energy component production. For more information, visit DEK at

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