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  • Eyelit has started the general availability of version 5.1 of its ‘Eyelit Manufacturing’ suite of MES (Manufacturing Execution System) softw

    Eyelit launches Version 5.1 of MES with capability to manage R&D products

    14 January 2014, 17:29

    Eyelit has started the general availability of version 5.1 of its ‘Eyelit Manufacturing’ suite of MES (Manufacturing Execution System) software with key enhancements that enable engineers to quickly configure special instructions and processing that enforce special work requests (SWRs) for research and development projects.

  • Wastech offers heavy metal removal systems in batch or continuous flow designs

    18 July 2012, 17:01

    Wastech Controls & Engineering offers heavy metal removal systems that treat rinse waters from plating lines used to add soldering contacts to PV wafers. These rinse waters are acidic in nature and contain heavy metals such as copper, nickel and tin. Heavy metal removal systems can be a batch or continuous flow system, using a combination of pH adjustment, precipitation, flocculation, clarification and filtration to remove heavy metal oxides.

  • Latest TMP pump from Edwards offers 32% reduction in energy consumption at high gas flows

    09 July 2012, 08:20

    Edwards has launched the STP-iXR1606 series of magnetically-levitated turbo-molecular pumps (TMP) with a fully-integrated onboard controller. Edwards’ new TMP incorporates a new rotary design that delivers approximately 40% improvement in throughput at high gas flow rates and an increase of nearly 90% in maximum gas flow, compared to existing products.

  • Eyelit’s ‘Intelligence Mobile Web Portal’ provides remote access to key manufacturing data

    02 May 2012, 16:18

    Eyelit has made available its ‘Intelligence Mobile Web Portal,’ which provides operational information in real-time through tablet devices and smart phones using iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry technologies, enabling ‘anywhere access’ to key manufacturing and quality data from the manufacturing floor.

  • Second-generation ThinFab turnkey system from Oerlikon Solar sets lowest module costs

    26 January 2012, 17:36

    Oerlikon Solar’s 2nd generation ThinFab turnkey system is claimed to enable a CapEx reduction of more than 20%. The estimated price for the complete end-to-end production line is just US$1/Wp including engineering support and performance guarantees. The production line is claimed to produce high quality thin film silicon modules for cost of around $ 0.5/Wp (€ 0.35/Wp), a new record-low in the solar industry.

  • AMETEK offering larger fluoropolymer piping for scaling to larger PV manufacturing facilities

    03 October 2011, 10:09

    AMETEK Fluoropolymer Products has added tubing with diameters ranging from 1 ½ inches to 3 inches to its line of ultrahigh-purity (UHP) tubing for the semiconductor and photovoltaic industries. Schedule 40 pipe with diameters up to 3 inches also are available to meet the need for larger-scale production sites.

  • MV Products vacuum foreline traps improve pump lifetimes

    15 June 2011, 12:23

    MV Products is introducing a line of vacuum foreline traps for manufacturing processes that create large volumes of solid byproducts such as those used for producing solar cells, HB-LEDs, and Li-ion batteries.

  • Schiller automates junction box assembly for higher reliability and lower cost

    30 May 2011, 17:12

    Schiller Automation has not only created a dedicated PV division that will be concentrating on customized fab automation solutions in the fields of thin-film solar modules and crystalline solar cells, it has also recently developed a module production concept called ‘Sunriser.’

  • New software from Fujitsu optimizes production line workers operations

    26 May 2011, 12:42

    Fujitsu has introduced new software for simulating the movements of production line workers, which is designed for customers in the manufacturing industry, such as automobile parts suppliers and precision electronics manufacturers. GP4 was developed by Lexer Research, which has extensive experience and expertise in the preparatory processes for manufacturing operations. A 40% reduction in production line assembly time was achieved in an early-release [beta-release] deployment of the software. The new software is available starting in May, 2011 in Japan.

  • Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum’s magnetically levitated turbo molecular pumps offer full system integration

    25 May 2011, 14:00

    Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum has launched a new magnetically levitated turbo molecular pump series that offers full system integration of all components, saving costs and space for manufacturing processes within coating and industrial applications in the rough, medium, high and ultra-high vacuum regimes.


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