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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.’
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 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.
Edwards has introduced a patented hot trap designed to thermally decompose the liquid diethyl zinc (DEZ) used in depositing some transparent conductive oxide (TCO) films in thin film solar manufacturing.