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Renewable Energy: Custom Automation Equipment Design & Build

Our capabilities in solar production equipment, whether for crystalline silicon or thin films, are focused on helping our customers to improve yields while reducing cost per watt. For our innovative energy storage customers, safety and performance testing during the manufacturing process are the major concerns. Whether the need is for automated process modules, transit between modules, or turnkey production lines, Owens Design has the experience to service your needs.

  • Incoming wafer inspection, sorting, and binning
  • Custom wafer scribe, break, and layup
  • Thin film processing, custom material handling, inspection, final test
  • High volume, high speed material handling solution with integrated cassette management
  • Flexible thin film cell test, sort, and bin; flexible panel test
  • Stationary and mobile energy storage test equipment

Our capabilities include:

  • Wafer and cell handling: standard and custom cell sizes, thicknesses down to 120 um, throughput up to 7,000 pph
  • Inspection: automatic breakage rejection, I-V curve solar testing, front & rear inspection
  • Magazine & Carrier handling: standard and custom cassettes, conveyor integration, bar code and RFID
  • Test: high power AC / DC, test equipment integration and data tracking, automated power and cooling connection to device

Recent Projects

  • Solar cell binning station, conveyor input for cells, custom cassette output, overhead delta robot with integrated vision for positional and angular correction, part tracking, up to 7,000 cells per hour throughput, factory interface automatic cassette exchange.
  • Li-ion battery module charging system test cell, 32 test bays serviced by 6 DOF track robot, high voltage DC supply, water cooling, automated electrical and water connections for test bays.
  • Solar cell scribe and break system, coin stack input, laser scribe, mechanical break, 100% inline cell and strip vision inspection, 3,000 pph.
  • Flexible solar panel wet hi-potential test production line, maximum panel size 1.1 m wide x 6 m long, fully automated transfer, air knife dry, integrated hi-pot test instrumentation and data tracking.
  • CIGS backend cell singulation and sorting system, integrated metrology, in-line solar IV testing, output binning, data tracking for up to 36 metrology parameters, max 3,600 pph.
  • cSI incoming wafer metrology and binning system, standard cassette input with fully automated cassette exchange and buffering, modular sort and binning with up to 24 bins, 3,600 pph.
  • POCL3diffusion furnace quartz boat loader, loads 5 standard quartz boats of 100 wafer each to furnace, up to 4 max of tubes.
  • High energy implant doping of silicon ingots, 1.6m x 1.4m high vacuum processing chamber 10-5 torr, input and output load locks incorporating 1.4m wide slit valves, payload transfer of 700 lb using custom feed-throughs, liquid cooling system.