Meyer Burger received the Solar Industry Award for the PCBTOUCH cell contacting solution developed by its Technology & Product Center for measurement technologies, Pasan SA. The awards ceremony was held during the 31st EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany.
The patent pending PCBTOUCH system addresses the market’s requirement to contact back-contacting cells such as Multi Wire Technology (MWT) or Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) designs or any complex backside printing layout such as bifacial busbarless cells. The innovative PCBTOUCH cell contacting solution from Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) is a contacting jig consisting of an upper frame and a bottom plate. The upper frame is comprised of a wire grid while the bottom plate is slightly convex topped with a printed circuit board (PCB). Once the cell has been placed on the PCB, it is fixed onto the upper wire grid which ensures excellent contact with the backside’s pads, fingers or busbars and also holds the cell in place during the measurement process. This renders the vacuum system redundant.
One solution fits all cell layouts
Sylvère Leu, CIO at Meyer Burger, is convinced that manufacturers will really benefit from this innovation: “The novelty of our PCBTOUCH is its full compatibility with diverse designs and technologies, simply by replacing the PCB. Existing solutions are all based on vacuum systems that are costly and only compatible with one specific cell layout. Even slight changes to a cell design can require the purchase of expensive additional jigs.”
The PCBTOUCH is based on GridTOUCH technology and will be initially available as a manual unit in autumn 2015. The PCBTOUCH is only sold in combination with the SpotLIGHT HighCap cell tester in order to ensure A+A+A+ measurement results.
About Meyer Burger Technology Ltd
Meyer Burger is a leading global technology company specialising on innovative systems and processes based on semiconductor technologies. The company’s focus is on photovoltaics (solar industry) while its competencies and technologies also cover important areas of the semiconductor and the optoelectronic industries as well as other selected high-end markets based on semiconductor materials. The company currently employs about 1,600 people across three continents. Over the past ten years, Meyer Burger has risen to the forefront of the photovoltaic market and established itself as an international premium brand by offering superior precision products and innovative technologies.
Meyer Burger’s offering in systems, production equipment and services along the photovoltaic value chain includes the manufacturing processes for wafers, solar cells, solar modules and solar systems. Meyer Burger provides substantial added value to its customers and clearly differentiates itself from its competitors by focusing on the entire value chain.
The company’s comprehensive product portfolio is complemented by a worldwide service network with spare parts, consumables, process know-how, customer support, after-sales services, training and other services. Meyer Burger is represented in Europe, Asia and North America in the respective key markets and has subsidiaries and own service centres in China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan and the USA. The company is also working intensively to develop new markets such as South America, Africa and the Arab region. The registered shares of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (Ticker: MBTN).
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