Continuous Process Improvements and Increased Efficiency

 

Top themes in solar module manufacturing shape the global photovoltaic market

Today’s solar module manufacturers are faced with the following challenges:

  • achieving dramatic growth
  • achieving increased product efficiency
  • achieving increased process efficiency

The resulting continuous product and process improvements are absolutely vital in securing and expanding competitive advantages.

The prompt realisation of optimisation potentials and the simultaneous expansion of product capacities and organizational structures are therefore vital in all process areas of

  • wafer manufacturing
  • cell manufacturing
  • module manufacturing

Optimisation and efficiency improvement potentials can be found in each and every process step and in the smallest detail

Despite solar manufacturing being based on established processes and structures, optimization and efficiency improvement potentials can be found in each and every process step and in the smallest detail. After all, the industry invests heavily in R&D and the development of process know-how each year in order to further expand its leading market position. The immense market volume also offers high optimization and cost-saving potentials. Reducing the amount of material used – e.g. by manufacturing thinner wafers or layers – would unleash cost-saving potentials of several million Euros a year.

 

Key Benefits of the IBS QMS Solutions Portfolio

The use of MES systems results in the following key benefits

  • Process and quality improvements
  • Increased efficiency and further optimisations
  • Cost-reduction in all process flows
  • Securing competitive advantages

The IBS QMS solutions portfolio enables active monitoring of each individual process step

Continuous process improvements and increased efficiency rely on the active monitoring of each and every process step – and this is no less the case in the semiconductor industry. Only once validated process results have been obtained across all production steps can qualified conclusions be drawn with regard to causes and changes.

Validated process data forms the basis of all process optimisations

The IBS solution portfolio gives you the assurance of being able to carry out purposeful process analyses. Production events, including machine and production line running times, can also be recorded and analysed, enabling visualisation from both production management and quality management perspectives.

Production and quality data management

A comprehensive overview of production and quality is vital for achieving the desired success and a ROI of the production and quality management IT system.

  • Traceability as a basis for increased efficiency
  • Process data acquisition and process data analysis
  • Active monitoring and controlling of processes, quality and productivity

IBS QMS – helping you to safeguard your competitive advantages

As a leading supplier of quality and production management systems (MES), IBS QMS has addressed the market with its own MES system, providing a solution capable of securing your competitive advantages, not only for today, but also for the future.

 

MES Systems are of Strategic Importance to Solar Manufacturers

MES system strategically important

In this respect, MES systems are of strategic importance to today’s solar energy industry. IBS QMS’ own integrated quality and production management system (MES) is capable of making an existential contribution to addressing the challenges of the industry.

Traceability

Traceability is just one example. In addition to batch acquisition, single cells/wafers will also be serialised in the future, to enable the collection of conclusive process results and the subsequent recognition of inferences following process changes and improvements and to facilitate a suitably rapid response.

Warranty

Of course, traceability also plays a pivotal role in warranty-related matters.

Integration of process equipment

A further example is the development of new production capacities, which also involves thew production and quality inspection systems and the respective interfaces. IBS provides optimised interfaces, ensuring reliable and trouble-free integration.

Productivity – OEE – Overall Equipment Efficiency

The monitoring and improvement of overall availability in terms of productivity and quality is also required for fully interlinked production lines. Process analysis – SPC – PAA. Continuous process analysis makes a decisive contribution to maintenance and improvement of corporate competitiveness.

Enhanced quality management functions

The FMEA and APQP functionalities and the supplier assessment and incoming/outgoing goods modules, should also be mentioned here, in the context of traceability.

Production and quality data management

As a whole, a comprehensive overview of production and quality is vital for achieving the desired success and a ROI of the PM and QM (MES) IT system.

  • Traceability as a basis for increased efficiency
  • Process data acquisition and process data analysis
  • Active monitoring and controlling of processes, quality and productivity

 

IBS QMS – helping you to safeguard your competitive advantages

As a leading supplier of quality and production management systems (MES), IBS QMS has addressed the market with its own MES system, providing a solution capable of securing your competitive advantages, not only for today, but also for the future.

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