June 4, 2009 East Providence, RI USA – EFD, Inc., a subsidiary of Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN) has has been awarded the 2009 International Solar Cell Award for the Best Technical Product for Photovoltaic Module Assembly. The award was presented at the 2009 InterSolar Exhibition in Munich, Germany with over two-thousand registered industry participants and nine expert industry judges voting.
EFD’s PV Cell Ribbon and Bus Bar Attachment Methodology is a point-to-point soldering process that uses a proprietary lead-free solder paste and flux mixture to attach string ribbon material to silver bus bars during module assembly. In addition to eliminating the need for pre-coating of ribbon material with liquid flux, the additional metal content augments the solder joint. The method is compatible with both manual and automated assembly operations.
According to EFD president Peter Lambert, “Winning the Cell Award affirms EFD’s traditional approach of thoroughly researching industry needs and developing creative solutions that enable manufacturers to meet the needs of their customers as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.”
The process has shown a reduction in the amount of microcrack formation and aids in the verification of solder joint formation during module assembly, increasing the life of the solar module. Additionally, EFD’s proprietary solar alloy increases solder joint toughness, consistency and durability.
EFD, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nordson Corporation. Since 1963 EFD has designed and manufactured precision dispensing devices for applying controlled amounts of the adhesives, sealants, lubricants and other assembly fluids used in almost every manufacturing process.
Nordson Corporation is one of the world’s leading producers of precision dispensing equipment that applies adhesives, sealants and coatings to a broad range of consumer and industrial products during manufacturing operations. The company also manufactures equipment used in the testing and inspection of electronic components as well as technology-based systems for curing and surface treatment processes. Nordson has direct operations and sales support offices in 32 countries.