J.v.G. Thoma’s new Automatic Robotic Layup also uses an optional camera that can identify cell breakages (Photo Credit: J.v.G. Thoma GmbH)
- J.v.G. Thoma GmbH has completed a automatic robot layup with 120 MW double string removal
- It is said to improve accuracy and reduces breakages to less than 0.1%
- It comprises a compact station with an integral 6-axis robot and is designed for the manufacture of modules from 1.000 x 500 mm to 2.000 x 1.000 mm, but can be adapted for modules of bigger sizes
- Technology can be aligned mechanically or by means of optional vision system and can load directly from the stringer or from the string box
Solar energy equipment supplier J.v.G. Thoma GmbH has launched a new automatic robot lay-up system. The double string removal automatic robot lay-up has a capacity of 120 MW.
Automated string placement is said to improve accuracy and the robot’s soft touch and vacuum grippers should ensure gentle handling of the solar cell strings to reduce breakage to less than 0.1%. It allows for cell thicknesses of 0.25 mm down to 120 microns and a choice of 5”, 6” and 8” cells. Cell design and the module design is programmable (eg. number of cells per string). There is also an optional camera that identifies cell breakages.
The robot lay-up consists of a compact station with an integral 6-axis robot.It is designed for the manufacture of modules from 1.000 x 500 mm to 2.000 x 1.000 mm, but can also be adapted for modules of bigger sizes. The technology can either be aligned mechanically or by means of optional vision system and can load directly from the stringer or from the string box; modules and glass are transferred by active and passive conveyors
Earlier this year, the German equipment maker announced that it will be supplying two robot layup machines for the Desert solar panel production in Turkey (see J.v.G. Thoma Layup For Turkish Panel Production). It produces its Desert solar panel technology through a joint venture in Poland.