1. Crystalline PV Load/Unload Automation
As line throughput has continued to increase, the load and unload requirements for PV process and inspection tools have become more stringent. Higher throughputs require greater capacity and faster cycle-time, yet increasing yield targets demand gentler handling.
2. Crystalline PV Wafer Inspection Automation
New inspection and metrology technologies are increasingly being adopted to support aggressive goals for improving efficiency and yield. Successfully integrating these test methods into high volume manufacturing requires automation platforms that meet in-line throughput, factory automation, and damage requirements.
3. Wafer Based Silicon Solutions
Handling fragile, mono-crystalline, or poly-crystalline silicon wafers requires experience and reliable equipment design. Thin and warped substrates require innovative approaches.
4. Thin Film Solutions
Automating the thin film photovoltaic manufacturing process is a complex systems problem. While standard equipment may be available for some processes, often the unique form factors and substrates require custom handling solutions.
5. Solar Vacuum Systems
Developing a high productivity, high reliability, factory ready HV system requires the integration of many specialized skills. Owens has developed a deep expertise in vacuum chamber design, vacuum mechanisms, and thermal management under vacuum through the design of many HV systems.