San Diego – July 2009 – KIC announces the release of the e-Clipse, a solar cell thermocouple (TC) attachment fixture.
The e-Clipse promises fast and convenient TC attachment, as well as repeatable profile readings. It features four spring loaded TCs within a lightweight fixture that also holds the solar wafer.
The TCs have disk-shaped beads, rather than the traditional spherical shaped beads. These flattened TCs offer a more reliable contact to the surface of the solar wafer, as well as a repeatable profile readings.
To operate, the user simply slides any relevant solar wafer into the fixture and the TCs seat themselves automatically. Today’s solar wafers can break easily because they are very thin and brittle. The e-Clipse allows for quick replacement of broken wafers. Four standard type K TC connectors plug into the profiler.
TC attachment has been a long-standing challenge for the production of solar cells. Traditional TC attachment methods have suffered from inaccurate and non-repeatable readings. The e-Clipse addresses this challenge and helps manufacturers advance toward better thermal process control, resulting in higher solar cell efficiencies.
Based in San Diego, KIC is the industry leader in automated thermal management tools and systems. The company pioneered the development of oven profilers and process development tools, and then worked to create the next generation of thermal systems to help manufacturers optimize and monitor thermal processes.
With the introduction of cutting edge tools, the company continues to stay on the leading edge of process optimization and real-time thermal management systems, and has won numerous industry awards.