New Product: Reis Robotics Fully automated assembly of the junction box

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Product Briefing Outline: Reis Robotics has introduced a fully automated assembly system for junction box mounting to modules. The system is designed to eliminate common faults in the mounting process that can be employed on new or existing production lines, virtually regardless of line megawatt capacity.

Problem: The quality and appearance of a solar module can be affected by the attachment of the junction box.  Looks and integrity are impacted when adhesives are not applied properly, joints are not made consistently, and placement is not accurate.

Solution: The new system for fully automatic setting of the junction box is mounted on a platform completely ready for operation and thus can be integrated in any existing production line with minimum expenditure. This new concept has many advantages compared to the conventional method. Critical work steps before lamination are omitted such as foil stamping, manual threading of the contact leads, and no emerging EVA during lamination as well as the elimination of soiling of the membrane. This new method also avoids the risk of damaging the membrane during lamination caused by protruding contact leads. Optimum cost savings can be achieved, since various manual and automatic work steps can be replaced, and also material savings are possible. Breakage rates can also be reduced, since no manual actions are required.

Applications: Full automation at the junction box process step can be implemented on new or existing lines. High-volume production is not a prerequisite, as Reis has implemented this solution on lines as small as 20MW.

Platform: Reis Robotics offers a performance range from technology development, development of new production methods, planning and putting into practice individual production cells, as well as delivery and commissioning of complete production lines. The degrees of automation range from manual, semiautomatic up to fully automatic production lines for thin film, silicon, and solar heat module manufacturing.

Availability: April 2010 onwards.

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