Massachusetts-based Spire introduced its new SPI-Assembler 6000, the latest in its line of integrated equipment for manufacturing solar photovoltaic modules. The unit combines tabbing and stringing into one automated production machine that interconnects solar cells by soldering flat metal leads, or tabs, to cell contacts. Full company PR follows, along with a link below.BEDFORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 26, 2006–Spire introduces its new SPI-ASSEMBLER(TM) 6000, the latest in its line of advanced equipment for manufacturing solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. The SPI-ASSEMBLER 6000 is built upon the solid foundation of the successful SPI-ASSEMBLER 5000, which is used throughout the solar module manufacturing industry. It combines tabbing and stringing into one automated production machine that interconnects solar cells by soldering flat metal leads, or tabs, to cell contacts. The SPI-ASSEMBLER 6000 incorporates state of the art engineering features developed over Spire’s 10 years of experience designing and building assemblers, and includes a number of advanced features recently developed in response to industry needs, including the following: — Thin silicon cells can be processed with high yield — A wide variety of interconnect ribbon types can be used, increasing manufacturing flexibility — Throughput has been increased Spire welcomes inquiries about the SPI-ASSEMBLER 6000 and is prepared to demonstrate its performance for qualified customers. About Spire Corporation Spire Corporation is a diversified technology company providing innovative solar energy manufacturing equipment, biomedical devices and optoelectronic components, all based upon a common technology platform.