Luvata’s solar ribbon manufacturing plant has been certified as Lean, the production philosophy made famous by Toyota.
The company’s PV solar ribbon facility in Pori, Finland was awarded its certification following seven years of work across the entire business.
The Lean philosophy focuses on minimising waste while improving quality and value.
“Pori Sunwire set the bar high to begin with and they’ve been working hard to achieve Lean certification. Yet they still don’t seem satisfied,” said Chris Russell, head of Luvata operating system.
Pori Sunwire is a copper-based ribbon used to connect silicon cells within PV modules, which the company claims improves the performance of completed units.
“This is what we want. Lean is not a destination, but rather an ongoing pursuit of excellence to be the absolute best we can be,” claimed Russell.
The Lean process focuses on flow, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), performance management and people in an effort to increase the efficiency and predictability of a manufacturing process.
Luvata’s wider operation counts Siemens, CERN and Toyota among its customers.