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Ultrasonic Systems Installs PV-480 for CIGS Thin Film Module Production

Haverhill, Massachusetts, August 10, 2011 – Ultrasonic Systems, Inc. (USI), the leading manufacturer of high-performance ultrasonic spray coating equipment, announces the successful installation and commissioning of a PV-480 coating system at Nexcis Photovoltaic Technology, a CIGS solar panel developer, based in Rousset, France.

The system will be utilized for the application of sodium fluoride solution, a process that improves the overall efficiency of the cell. The PV-480 leverages USI’s proprietary, nozzle-less ultrasonic spray head technology for a more uniform and repeatable coating deposition vs. conventional air atomizing spray nozzle, conventional ultrasonic nozzle, and roll coating technologies.

Designed for high-volume in-line manufacturing, the PV-480 processes glass plates up to 48 inches wide at line speeds of up to six feet per minute. The PV-480 delivers liquid coating with transfer efficiencies in excess of 90%, utilizing a traversing Ultra-Spray® blade head. Thpv-480-smallis versatile system is ideal for the application of a variety of low viscosity liquids used in the manufacture of thin film photovoltaic cells.

“The PV-480 complies perfectly with our expectations and provides excellent coating performance,” said Herve Rivoal, Chemistry Section Head of Nexcis Photovoltaic Technology.  “We are pleased with our growing success with thin-film solar manufacturers requiring the latest manufacturing equipment technology to create reliable, efficient thin-film modules,” said Stuart Erickson, President of Ultrasonic Systems. “The latest PV-480 installation reflects the success of our unique nozzle-less spray head technology for spray coating applications critical to CIGS thin-film solar production.”

Ultrasonic Systems Receives Patent for Nozzle-less CAT ILDS Series of Ultrasonic Spray Heads

Haverhill, MA – Ultrasonic Systems, Inc. has been awarded a patent for their CAT ILDS series of nozzle-less ultrasonic spray heads by the United States Patent and Trade Office.

Ultrasonic Systems, Inc. (USI), the leading manufacturer of high-performance ultrasonic spray coating equipment for solar, fuel cell, medical, and semiconductor applications, has been awarded a patent for their CAT ILDS series of nozzle-less ultrasonic spray heads by the United States Patent and Trade Office. The CAT ILDS spray head is an integral part of USI’s versatile Prism spray coating machine, optimized for the thin, uniform application of a variety of low viscosity materials.

The CAT ILDS nozzle-less ultrasonic spray head features a coating pattern range of 3mm to 25mm, and is available in 35 kHz or 60 kHz frequencies, depending on the viscosity of the liquid. The CAT ILDS can handle a variety of coating liquids, including fuel cell coatings, conductive inks, fluxes, photoresists, dopants, and conformal coatings, as well as other proprietary liquids. All process parameters such as liquid flow rate, air pressure, the height and speed of the CAT ILDS head are set electronically for maximum control and flexibility.

“USI is honored to announce its newest patent for the CAT ILDS series of spray heads”, said Stuart Erickson, President of Ultrasonic Systems. “Our engineering team is constantly improving our technology, especially regarding the spray heads, so our customers can benefit from the most accurate and efficient coating equipment available.”

Ultrasonic Systems Installs Prism System for Photoresist Spray Application

Haverhill, MA – Ultrasonic Systems, Inc. announces the recent sale of a Prism coating system for the application of photoresist.

Ultrasonic Systems, Inc. (USI), the leading manufacturer of high-performance ultrasonic spray coating equipment for solar, fuel cell, medical, and semiconductor applications, announces the recent sale of a Prism coating system for the application of photoresist. The Southern California-based customer requirements are to deposit a 0.6µm film of a photoresist on a curved optical lens device. Conventional spin coating technology was proven to be an ineffective method of applying the photoresist due to the lens’ shape and unique surface topography.

The Prism system, featuring USI’s proprietary nozzle-less ultrasonic spray head technology, is a fully programmable X-Y-Z coating system, for the thin, uniform application of photoresists, as well as polyimides, photoimagable soldermasks, conductive inks, and other proprietary low viscosity coatings. Available in batch configuration or with an in-line conveyor, the Prism is ideal for a variety of applications, including semiconductor wafers, MEMS, and glass panels.

“Our Prism systems are field-proven to reliably provide precise spray coating for a growing number of applications”, said Stuart Erickson, President of Ultrasonic Systems. “We’re pleased to once again provide a precision coating solution for a customer with unique process requirements.”

USI Adds Engineering Veteran to Supplement Technical and Manufacturing Expertise

Haverhill, MA – Ultrasonic Systems, Inc. announces the addition of Michael P. Kiley as Engineer.

Ultrasonic Systems, Inc. (USI), the leading manufacturer of high-performance ultrasonic spray coating equipment, announces the addition of Michael P. Kiley as Engineer. Mr. Kiley brings more than 30 years of experience specializing in the design of products and engineering systems to support manufacturing.

Mr. Kiley returns to USI after working as a Prototype Machinist at MacDiarmid Machine in Newburyport, MA. Previously, Mr. Kiley served the positions of Client Service Manager and Design Engineer at Ultrasonic Systems from 1994-2002. In addition, Mr. Kiley held various positions within product management, mechanical engineering, and engineering management at Stocker & Yale Inc., a maker of graphic recorders and printers. Mr. Kiley holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA.

“We are pleased to have Mike join our specialized engineering team,” said Stuart Erickson, President of USI. “His proven engineering experience, especially his work in 3D modeling and prototyping, will further support our R&D efforts as we to continue to develop new products and enhance our existing products for our customer base within markets such as solar, fuel cell, and semiconductor.”

USI Expands Testing Lab for Precision Coating Systems

Haverhill, MA – Ultrasonic Systems, Inc. announces the expansion of its on-site testing lab.

Ultrasonic Systems, Inc. (USI), the leading manufacturer of high-performance ultrasonic spray coating equipment, announces the expansion of its on-site testing lab. The applications lab now supports testing of the full suite of USI’s precision coating equipment. USI’s products are customized for the unique requirements of a variety of market applications, including:

The PV-360 for crystalline silicon solar applications;
The PV-480 for thin-film (CdTe and CIGS) solar applications;
The Prism for fuel cell, semiconductor, and electronics assembly applications.

USI’s state of the art applications lab, staffed by a team of process engineers, allows customers and prospective customers to evaluate the performance of USI’s coating technology and equipment for their individual application. Customers may visit the lab in Haverhill, Massachusetts to conduct on-site trials, or they can send coating materials and sample substrates to USI for a coating trial.

“We are pleased to be able to offer an expanded environment in which to test our nozzle-less, precision coating technology,” said Robert LePage, Sales Manager at USI. “In addition to offering the ability to test within in a hands-on, one-on-one setting, the lab allows our engineers to work collaboratively with customers and potential customers to best meet and exceed their specific application needs.”

To schedule a visit to USI, or to schedule a coating trial, please contact Robert LePage at 978-521-0095 x21 or email at rlepage@ultraspray.com.