Applied Materials Inc. says Shinsung Holdings Corp., a manufacturer of photovoltaic cells, has selected Applied's SmartFactory manufacturing automation solution. Shinsung says it chose Applied's system because of its ability to combine multiple production lines into a single virtual factory, enabling the system to modify process flows in real time and deliver a higher and more consistent factory output.
The SmartFactory software includes pre-built operating scenarios for advanced crystalline silicon cell manufacturing, enabling customers to monitor all work-in-progress material movements, manage production sequencing and deliver instructions to workers via a consistent, task-focused graphical user interface, Applied explains.
The system incorporates the company's Applied E3 process control and monitoring technology, which includes active fault detection, run-to-run process tuning, and process diagnostics and monitoring, the company adds.
SOURCE: Applied Materials