AQT Solar Installs Sapphire Automation Factory Equipment


AQT Solar, a developer of thin-film solar cells, says it has transitioned to a fully automated WIP Management System from Sapphire Automation to complete the integration of its Sunnyvale, Calif., production facility.

AQT's WIP Management System is run by Sapphire's Emerald software platform, which the companies say provides complete visibility, control and coordination into manufacturing processes and production operations. The Sapphire solution provides a complete view of the factory floor through real-time data captures from various factory floor tools and powerful dashboards, the companies add.

AQT Solar's 24/7 manufacturing operations have been operational since the first quarter of this year and are expected to ramp up substantially over the next few quarters.

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