This level of precision handling of heavy rolls is new in the solar market
Northfield, MN (PRWEB) October 6, 2008
A new level of precision for manufacturing heavy rolls of thin-film materials for the solar industry will be showcased by Northfield Automation at the Solar Power 2008 show. The first thin-film, heavy roll machine has been delivered to a major producer of solar cells in the United States.
Higher output is the key benefit of the capability to unwind and rewind thin-film materials of up to 12,000 pounds. It allows factories to increase processing efficiencies by using wider and heavier rolls of materials. Space and logistic problems are alleviated by a cantilevered design, which allows the rolls to be easily moved within the factory as well as more easily loaded onto machines from the side instead of the front.
Potential customers for heavy roll processing of thin-film materials include vendors, OEMs and traditional metal coil manufacturers, as well as the emerging thin-film photovoltaic (PV) industry for solar-cell energy applications.
"This level of precision handling of heavy rolls is new in the solar market," according to Brett Reese, president and CEO of Northfield Automation. "Innovation and competition will drive the transitioning solar market for thin-film applications as more and more companies pursue this technique. This will help accelerate growth at Northfield Automation over the next few years."
The company will share a booth with a global strategic partner, Solarcoating Machinery GmbH of Dormagen, Germany, at the Solar Power show (booth #1829) in San Diego, October 13 - 16. Northfield Automation brings a full range of custom machinery for roll-to-roll processing of precision thin-material applications, such as solar cells, conducting business primarily in the United States. Solarcoating Machinery GmbH brings the full range of equipment needed to make solar cells and assemble finished PV modules for customers in Europe. Both privately held companies benefit from expanded opportunities and global market share, in addition to an international base of on-site technical support and spare parts distribution services.
About Northfield Automation Systems (http://www.northfieldautomation.com)
Established in 1995, Northfield Automation Systems, Inc., designs, engineers and fabricates automation equipment for OEMs and manufacturers at all levels of production. Its engineers provide consultative support for streamlined manufacturing processes with stand-alone and turnkey integrated equipment. The company's vision is to become the global leader in roll-to-roll, high-precision, material handling equipment for thin-film applications, including flexible electronics, display, solar, flexible battery, and organic electronics.