Owens Design Expands into Solar Industry

Known for their expertise in contract design and manufacturing of complex semiconductor capital equipment, Owens Design has expanded upon that expertise by designing and delivering production tools for the solar equipment market during the last twelve months.

To date, Owens Design has designed and manufactured production equipment for multiple companies producing solar photovoltaic products.

The company explains that it is now equipped to design and manufacture the following:

  • Wafer Based Crystalline: Successful handling of ultra thin photovoltaic (PV) silicon wafers requires the necessary automation tool design experience for robust and reliable wafer handling. As PV wafers become thinner and thinner, the equipment to correctly handle these substrates will continue to require new and innovative approaches. The company says it has the experience to handle these very thin and fragile wafers under very high speed processing conditions.
  • Concentrating Photovoltaics (CPV): The company says that automating the manufacture of concentrating photovoltaics requires a systems level approach to design for manufacturability, system design, and cost reduction. The integration of the added optical components in the concentrating design must be assembled and aligned with highly customized automated equipment.
  • Thin Film Solutions: According to the company, emerging multi-layer thin film designs (i.e. CdTe and CIGS) require a new approach in continuous manufacturing equipment, according to the company. Pre-deposition substrate preparation, post-deposition processes and test must be customized for the continuous nature of the process. Final assembly, automated vision inspection, load / unload automation, and high throughput are all necessary elements in a successful design.
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