Korean-based solar cell manufacturer, Shinsung Holdings, has adopted Applied Materials’ SmartFactory manufacturing execution system (MES) software, the first publicly announced deal since Applied launched the system recently.
“Our solar customers are at an inflection point–large-scale factories and higher cell efficiencies are driving broad-based adoption of factory automation systems,” noted Charlie Pappis, VP/GM of Applied Global Services. “Applied is enabling this transition with affordable, robust, integrated automation solutions that can be expanded as customers’ businesses grow, without disrupting ongoing production.”
Applied Materials claimed that Shinsung had selected its MES because of the ability of the SmartFactory system to combine multiple production lines into a single virtual factory. Process flow modifications could also be implemented in real time to deliver higher and more consistent factory output, according to the company.