Product Briefing Outline: KUKA Systems has partnered with tesa SE to develop a new tape head module, ROBO TAPE R, which is used in the final automated application of adhesive tape to solar modules.
Problem: The ROBO TAPE R is used after the laminating process. Once the modules have been trimmed, the laminate is covered with tape to insulate and protect the solar module.
Solution: The adhesive tape ideally suited for use with this new type of tape head was developed and supplied by tesa SE. After taping, the modules are framed using ROBO FRAME, a patented KUKA Systems process. The double-head system increases process reliability as well as eliminating changeovers, ensuring greater output quantities and fewer rejects. Order accuracy is assured by the technology itself and is not affected by the stand-by head system. A further advantage is that the ROBO TAPE R tape head allows a variety of cutting methods to be used, such as rotating blade or hot wire, depending on the type and quality of the material. Another new feature is that the tape is separated from the liner, attached to the edge of the laminate and folded directly around the laminate while the liner is being automatically removed.
Applications: Adhesive tape for PV modules.
Platform: Automatic application of gasket tape or insulation tape. In this station the tape is applied, cut to length and the liner pulled off. Includes an automatic liner take up and rotary knife for precise cutting. Tape and liner tension are independently controlled by means of servo motors. There are different models available to suit different applications and products. Footprint 5m x 6m. Cycle time 60 seconds.
Availability: Currently available.