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Publication Date: 06/1/2008
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Aerotech Intros Photovoltaic Scribing System
Panel scribing system.
Pittsburgh, PA — Aerotech has introduced its SolarScribe automation series, calling it the most comprehensive photovoltaic panel scribing system available today. It includes both mechanical and air-bearing versions of split-axis and gantry-style systems for maximum application flexibility. All design elements have been optimized to provide maximum throughput while maintaining tight control of geometric characteristics like dynamic straightness.

In addition, because each customer and solar technology application has its own set of requirements, the company has designed the SolarScribe system to include a multitude of options like multi-head scan axes, "Z" and theta correction axes, and machine base/isolation systems. All configurations put the company's proven core technologies and extensive manufacturing capabilities to work, providing outstanding performance, versatility, and a quick return on investment.

The SolarScribe is controlled by the company's Automation 3200 control system — a 100 percent digital system with high performance networked drives. The fully digital architecture makes it easy to optimize the current, velocity, and position servo loops for maximum performance. Advanced trajectory generation

capabilities, such as multi-block look ahead, minimize dynamic errors while the Position Synchronized Laser Firing Output (PSO) functionality automatically adjusts the laser pulse frequency to match the current scribing speed, providing an additional throughput boost.

The company also offers Motion Designer, an easy-to-use software GUI for generating or importing motion trajectories, and running and then evaluating the trajectory. These functions typically require hours of programming and debugging to implement. Motion Designer simplifies motion profile programming, saving high-level program development, while greatly enhancing system performance.

The software provides split axis or gantry configurations to accommodate all PV/FPD scribing applications; a choice of mechanical or air-bearing systems; direct-drive linear motor stages; travels to 2.5m; high dynamic system stiffness for best accuracy; a control system with real-time position-based laser firing output

Options include single or multiple step-axis carriages, multiple Z-axis options, theta stage with integral brake, passive or active vibration isolation, machine base, control enclosure

Contact: Aerotech, Inc., 101 Zeta Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15238 412-963-7470 fax: 412-963-7459 Web:

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