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Quality is the key to success - more manufacturers rely on VITRONICs automated, camera based VINSPEC inspection systems.

Photovoltaic market shows growing demand for fast, high precision inspection systems from VITRONIC

(PresseBox) (Wiesbaden, ) In the highly competitive market of solar cell and module production quality is the key to success. To reach that goal more and more manufacturers rely on VITRONICs automated, camera based VINSPEC inspection systems.

Manual visual inspections are simply unable to compete with the latest machine vision technology from either a qualitative or a cost perspective. However, photovoltaic manufacturers can only hold their ground on the market by offering high-quality, clearly classified products. Optical quality inspection during photovoltaic production are therefore critical to sustainable success in this highly competitive market.

Benchmark tests have proven the technical performance, reliability, and reproducibility of the automated inspections offered by various European and Asian suppliers. The results are self-explanatory - VINSPECsolar inspection systems are ahead of competitors. The VITRONIC solutions impressed our customers by offering maximum detection reliability with a clearly increased yield.

Even before the turn of the year, the impressive performance led to an upturn in the sales figures in this area. In the first half of this year, several dozen systems have been purchased to equip new solar cell production lines as well as to retrofit existing lines. These inspection systems are not only used to classify the finished solar cells but are also seamlessly integrated for several inspection tasks – following the cell texturing, coating, and metallization/printing stages.

High resolution print inspection
The latest generation of VINSPECsolar camera systems is delivering impressive results. The very high pixel resolution of 20 µm, the robust sensor unit, the throughput of up to 4,000 wph (wafers per hour) and well adapted and differentiated classification options master the inspection and classification tasks required for latest high-efficiency cells and modern metallization with very thin fingers and/or double print.

High reliability in cell testing

In cell testers and sorters, the high-performance defect detection combined with reliable and differentiated color classification ensures optimum results – for both small reflective substrates and highly reflective metal grid. With the aid of VITRONIC’s commissioning, calibration, and monitoring tools and procedures, the benefits of the line scan camera technology in these VINSPECsolar systems can be used efficiently and in a customer-friendly manner. Integrated in standard production equipment, the physical performance, robustness, and reliability ensures that the investment pays off within months. VINSPECsolar offers an outstanding achievement of best underkill and overkill false detection rate.

High performance of microcrack inspection
With the inspection systems of VITRONIC only perfect quality wafers will be processed. Especially micro cracks and breakage can be detected with the high performance of the VINSPECsolar inspection system. It differentiates between those cracks which are relevant for efficiency and cell survival from those that are not. The inspection system also measures granularity, the grain structure at multi crystalline wafers and detects severe saw marks, holes and chippings.

VITRONIC at trade fair EUPVSEC
The complete range of camera based VINSPECsolar inspection systems will be presented by VITRONIC at the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference in Amsterdam from September 23 - 25, 2014 in Hall 1 Stand D15.

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VITRONIC Dr.-Ing. Stein Bildverarbeitungssysteme GmbH

VITRONIC is an owner-managed group of companies comprising VITRONIC GmbH with its headquarters in Wiesbaden and several international subsidiaries. The group is a world leader in industrial machine vision covering a wide spectrum from standard products with customer-specific upgradeable modules to individually customized solutions in its core sectors of industry, logistics and traffic technology.

Since VITRONIC was founded in 1984 it has grown on the strength of its own resources. Today we are represented by 600 employees on four continents. In 2013, the VITRONIC Group generated total revenue of 83 million euros.

VITRONIC products are state-of-the-art and are guaranteed to offer our customers maximum benefits. The group invests over 10 percent of total revenue each year in research and development. All VITRONIC solutions are designed and developed by ourselves and produced in Germany.

Industry and logistics
VITRONIC machine vision systems are used in a wide range of industrial applications to carry out precise or complex inspection tasks. Our automated solutions ensure the highest quality standards of welded and brazed seams and are used, for example, in the automotive and aerospace industries. We also offer flexible surface quality inspection for metal workpieces and endless material.

We support the pharmaceutical industry with seamless print, surface and geometry inspection systems, quality inspection and track-and-trace inspection solutions – which can also be validated thanks to our GAMP certification.

For manufacturers of solar cells and modules, we are one of the largest independent partners for optical inspection systems, with over 1,000 installations worldwide.

Our customers in the area of material flow, parcel logistics and mail order seek to optimize their logistics processes. VIPAC systems from VITRONIC can be integrated at any point along the process chain for the automatic capture of product data, package data and customer-specific data. VIPAC systems are used by global logistics companies in the courier, express and parcel sector and in mail order, warehousing and distribution, and the manufacturing industry.