Focused competencies for thin film solar module production systems - Bystronic glass to cooperate with Jenoptik

With the launch of the first’laser product line, Bystronic glass and Jenoptik Automatisierungstechnik GmbH announced the start of their cooperation at the glasstec 2008.

We are glad to be able to bundle our competencies in the production of thin film solar modules from now on”, Richard Jakob, CEO of the Bystronic glass Group, and Ulf Feistel General Manager of the Jenoptik Automatisierungstechnik GmbH agreed.

The new machine combines the processes of laser edge deletion and laser glass cutting, Thermal Laser Separation (TLS) in the production of thin film photovoltaic modules. Customers can expect substantial benefits from the cooperation of the two companies with global activities. “Our customers now can install a machine on a small footprint area which deletes glass edges without dust or damage at a hitherto unknown quality“, Richard Jakob says and adds: „The laser glass cutting process then produces microcrack free edges with increased bending strength.“ Subsequent processes, such as cleaning or edge processing, are not necessary. “As we offer two functionalities in a single machine, production costs can be cut substantially”, Ulf Feistel explains.

Profit from the wealth of experience

The cooperating companies present themselves as partners for individual solutions as well as for overall concepts in photo¬voltaics. Both, the Bystronic glass Group and also Jenoptik Automatisierungstechnik GmbH, have experience in this field. The Swiss-German supplier of system solutions for the manu¬facture of architectural and automotive glass is known as supplier of machines for the encapsulation of thin film modules by Thermo Plastic Spacer®, short TPS®. The Jena-based specialist for photonic and mechatronic technologies has built a name for the installation of machines for patterning thin film modules. Both cooperation partners are confident that the synergy they create can also be applied to future projects.

About Bystronic glass

Bystronic glass is the most competent and reliable partner for services, machinery, plants and systems in the architectural glass and automotive glass processing sector providing total solutions from basic requirements through to integral installations. Bystronic glass is an international brand with worldwide active companies and which supports its customers on-site with its own sales and service subsidiaries. Since 1994 Bystronic glass has been a member of Conzzeta AG, a renowned Swiss industrial holding.

About Jenoptik and the Lasers & Material Processing division

As an integrated optoelectronics group, Jenoptik divides its activities into five divisions: Optical Systems, Lasers & Material Processing, Industrial Metrology, Traffic Solutions and Defense & Civil Systems. Optoelectronics expertise provides the basis for the group’s laser and optics business and is an enabling technology for the system businesses of the other three divisions. Its customers around the world mainly include companies in the global semiconductor and semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry, automotive and automotive supplier industry, medical technology, security and defense technology and the aerospace industry. In its Lasers & Material Processing division Jenoptik makes laser processes - from the semiconductor material to laser source and laser system, through to the system and automation technology for entire facilities - available to meet a wide range of customer requirements. Its core areas of expertise are in customer-based process development, process optimization and automation. The product lines cover mass production solutions specific to individual applications which enable plastics, metals, glass, ceramics, semiconductors and thin-film solar cells to be processed with maximum precision, reliability and productivity.

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