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  • SiTec

    SiTec’s monosilane process technology offers retrofit capability for lower production costs

    05 December 2014, 09:46

    SiTec GmbH has developed innovative monosilane process technology that provides substantial energy savings compared to legacy processes and increase capital productivity. Marketed under the name ‘STAR’, for SiTec Applied Research products, the technology is applicable to both new and existing (retrofit) monosilane plants.

  • Fujitsu Laboratories

    Fujitsu Laboratories software automates production-line image recognition

    09 September 2014, 10:15

    Fujitsu Laboratories has announced the development of a technology for automatically generating image-recognition programs that accurately detect the positions of components as captured by cameras in automated assembly processes by utilizing images of electronic components and IT equipment.

  • LHTS

    Lamers High Tech Systems chemical storage and distribution system offers greater operator safety

    29 August 2014, 13:49

    Lamers High Tech Systems (LHTS) storage and distribution systems for corrosive and toxic chemicals offer increased safety within PV manufacturing facilities. The IBC (Intermediate bulk container) handler is a system of LHTS in which reusable containers can be emptied automatically. The equipment is engineered and constructed in a modular manner to customer specifications.

  • CRITICAL Manufacturing

    CRITICAL Manufacturing MES system provides rapid operational information

    26 June 2014, 16:17

    CRITICAL Manufacturing has released cmNavigo 3.6, the latest version of its flexible and user-centered manufacturing execution and intelligence system (MES/MI).

  • 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, 16:56

    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, 16:28

    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, 07:47

    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, 15:45

    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, 17:03

    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, 09:36

    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.


  • Photovoltaics International 27th Edition

    Now that the PV industry has unquestionably entered a new growth phase, all eyes are on which technologies will win through into the mainstream of PV manufacturing. PERC, n-type, p-type bifacial, heterojunction – all have become familiar terms in the ever-growing constellation of solar cell technologies. The question is which will offer manufacturers what they are looking for in improving efficiencies and cutting costs.

  • Manufacturing The Solar Future: The 2014 Production Annual

    Although the past few years have proved extremely testing for PV equipment manufacturers, falling module prices have driven solar end-market demand to previously unseen levels. That demand is now starting to be felt by manufacturers, to the extent that leading companies are starting to talk about serious capacity expansions later this year and into 2015. This means that the next 12 months will be a critical period if companies throughout the supply chain are to take full advantage of the PV industry’s next growth phase.



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