Expected to begin volume production of its flexible CIGS thin-film substrates later this year, SoloPower has installed Critical Manufacturing’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software at its production plant in Oregon. The MES provider also installed the cmNavigo MES Productivity Suite at the 400MW nameplate capacity plant.

“cmNavigo supports SoloPower’s innovative technology and use of automation to reduce costs, increase efficiency and maintain high quality,” commented Jeff Peabody, Critical Manufacturing’s VP and acting managing director for North America. ”SoloPower has an aggressive schedule, complex environment and large quantities of data to be monitored. It’s an ideal application for cmNavigo and the wide array of MES modules will allow them to minimize the total number of software solutions supporting the manufacturing operations.”

According to SoloPower’s director of IT, the selection of the cmNavigo MES was due to its time specific data collection and advanced reporting capabilities as well as its modeling flexibility.

SoloPower expects to employ approximately 450 people when the plant is fully operational.