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Joint PV Project for Rofin-Sinar, Manz

Photonics.com
Aug 2008
Rofin-Sinar of Plymouth, Mich., a manufacturer of high-performance laser beam sources and laser-based solutions, announced a strategic alliance with German thin-film solar module maker Manz Automation. The alliance aims to develop a new type of manufacturing equipment for the photovoltaic industry that integrates two normally successive processes, laser edge ablation and laser cutting of thin-film solar modules, into a single production line. Engineering partner Manz Automation will develop the production systems and integrate the laser technology; Rofin-Sinar will develop the laser cutting, which will be used exclusively by Manz in the photovoltaic sector. The joint project is scheduled to begin in September, and will take approximately one year before it’s market-ready.


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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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