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Production cost challenges: the ..

ABB is a market leader in power and automation technologies, enabling utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.


ABB robots for solar cell and solar module production

ABB uses all the latest technology to meet increasing demand in the industry, including high-speed cell and wafer-handling and fully-automated module backend manufacturing, optimising production output and decreasing its overall manufacturing costs.

 1. Introduction and purpose

Manufacturers of solar modules (crystalline as well as thin film) are faced with decreasing market prices and increasing competition worldwide. In order to stay competitive it is now essential to improve continuously the module production towards:

 * Increasing production output

* Decreasing production costs

* Improving product quality

 In future, state-of-the-art production concepts are going to have to include fully integrated and controlled production schemes with high-end flexible automation developed to fulfil the specific demands of the solar industry


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