Evergreen Solar incorporated fourteen iCamFollowers manufactured by Intech in each of its >400 furnaces, used for the manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) solar wafers, cells, and panels, after discovering maintenance and performance issues with standard cam followers.
March 31, 2011 — Evergreen Solar incorporated fourteen iCamFollowers manufactured by Intech in each of its >400 furnaces, used for the manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) solar wafers, cells, and panels. The company was concerned with increases in maintenance and repair costs, as well as down time caused by excessive wear of commercial cam followers with plastic sleeves. Metal cam followers could not be used as they generate metal particles and require lubrication that would contaminate the process.
Intech’s iCamFollower components are precision machined from the company’s durable Intech Power-Core material and are designed to withstand 100 million rolling cycles. Intech engineers used a proprietary cam follower life expectancy calculation to ensure long wear life in the harsh chemical environment found inside the furnaces.
Intech’s iCamFollowers operate lubrication free and eliminate rail wear. They are resistant to flat development, resistant to harsh chemicals, and greatly reduce noise. According to Doug Miller, mechanical engineer for Evergreen, “All of the standard cam followers we bought were failing. I had to find a solution.” The Intech solution not only eliminated the furnace breakdowns the company was having, it also maintained a contamination-free production environment.
Intech Corporation specializes in the design and manufacture of contamination-free self-lubricating plastic gears, rollers, and cam followers made of non-hygroscopic Intech Power-Core material. Learn more at www.IntechPower.com.