As its name would suggest, the Alignus 1.5s has a cycle time of 1.5 seconds. As such, the platform can process up to 4,800 wafers per hour. Asys says that this marks just the beginning of the process time reduction on the company’s new metallization platform.
Alignus 1.5s is compatible with established cell technologies such as PERC and metal wrap through, as well as other emerging concepts including bifacial and heterojunction.
A cell-testing platform developed by Asys subsidiary Botest, which can be used on busbar configurations from two up to six busbars, is included in the line. Asys say that it can boost productivity via minimizing contact resistance using a motorized contacting unit. Performing alignment alongside testing reduces the time required for quality assurance, Asys claims.
The new Alignus metallization lines are compatible with Asys’ PULSE solution, whereby warnings and system information can be sent directly to a tablet or smartwatch. By connecting operators to the production tools in this way, through the application of what is termed an Industry 4.0 approach, the PULSE platform can allow for materials to be restocked and parameters adjusted in a proactive fashion.
PULSE has already been successfully installed in several PV production lines, with improved efficiency and reduction of line stops confirmed from the customer side, according to Asys.
The December 2016 edition of pv magazine features an interview with Asys’ Manager Business and Product Portfolio Development Florian Ritter and Head of Technology Sales, Solar, Harald Wanka about the PULSE platform.