Owens Design Inc., an equipment design and build service provider to the solar, semiconductor, and data storage capital equipment markets, has introduced the Inspection Automation Platform for manufacturing crystalline solar cells and modules.
According to the company, the system is optimized for use with production-volume, high-speed photovoltaic wafer inspection applications. It provides high-speed, high-reliability wafer handling in customizable configurations to meet advanced factory automation requirements.
Input load modules can be configured for either cassette or coin stack input, while the output sorter module can be expanded from six to 18 output bins. Available for either 125 mm x 125 mm (5-inch) or 156 mm x 156 mm (6-inch) PV wafers, the platform delivers a throughput of 3,600 wafers per hour, coupled with a breakage rate of less than 0.2%, Owens Design says.