September 5, 2007 – Synova SA and Manz Automation say they’ve created a hybrid tool combining their technologies: an inline laser edge isolation system for photovoltaic manufacturing of mono- and multi-crystalline solar cells.
The ILE 2400, integrated with Synova’s “laser microjet” water jet-guided laser technology, targets edge isolation — a technique used to prevent parasitic shunts between the front- and back-sides of the cell, preventing short circuits and improving cell efficiency. Secondary applications include cutting and drilling, the companies noted. The system will be “production ready” by year’s end.
Earlier this year the two companies inked a licensing deal to integrate their technologies for PV applications, with Synova heading up R&D efforts and Manz driving manufacturing, sales, and service operations.
The deal expands markets for Synova’s flagship “laser microjet,” which replaces traditional cutting technologies such as conventional lasers and diamond blade saws, for applications in inkjet print head MEMS, HDDs, and OLEDs. The company already has licensing deals in other markets including medical instrumentation and automotive devices.