How to manufacture solar cells and solar modules more efficiently

How to manufacture solar cells and solar modules more efficiently

Release v4.2 of the manufacturing execution system FabEagle®MES increases efficiency in photovoltaic production

Dresden, June 12, 2024 – Kontron, a leading global provider of IoT/Embedded Computing Technology (ECT), offers industrial software for cross-industry automation solutions through its subsidiary Kontron AIS GmbH. Equipped with new features, the v4.2 release of FabEagle®MES supports the efficient production of solar cells and solar modules.
The new version of the manufacturing execution system FabEagle®MES offers three important new features that are specifically designed to meet the requirements of dynamically growing solar cell and solar module manufacturing with production capacities of at least 1 GW. The MES supports the most important steps in production with traceability and process monitoring and as a result helps with quality assurance, process optimization and cost reduction.

The new version provides active transport control for configurable material deployment of complex material flow systems in solar module factories. Production routing and process machines are controlled based on product type, quality and status information. In addition to standard processes, this also includes bypass and unloading requirements. This level of flexibility allows rapid alignment with changing production requirements while optimizing production processes.

The new module defect report is a robust standardized reporting tool that enables the evaluation of product defects from inspection and rework stations at cell and string level. A heat map overview allows the data to be visualized according to location, defect code and frequency. That is how real-time monitoring can be implemented to quickly identify problem areas in production and initiate improvement measures.

Long-term data storage is indispensable for the production of solar cells and solar modules. Using the advanced data history for mass production based on data lake technology, data formats have been optimized for easy evaluation using standardized toolsets. Combined with machine data pertaining to quality, tracking and performance, this provides the ideal basis for comprehensive data analysis and process control. As a result, not only can expanded analysis functions be used, but also full compliance with quality and regulatory specifications is ensured.


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About Kontron AIS

Kontron AIS GmbH sets the benchmark in industrial software – for more than 30 years and with an experienced team of over 200 employees. The proven software products and customized digitalization solutions enable machine and equipment builders as well as factory operators to break new ground in automation and secure long-term competitive advantages. Together with its customers, Kontron AIS implements worldwide cross-industry, intelligent digitalization strategies and solutions for the smart manufacturing of tomorrow. As a subsidiary of the Kontron AG, Kontron AIS offers integrated, end-to-end IoT concepts consisting of hardware and software as well as worldwide project management, service, and support thanks to a global network. Further information:


About Kontron

Kontron AG (, ISIN AT0000A0E9W5, WKN A0X9EJ, KTN) is a leading IoT technology company. For more than 20 years, Kontron has been supporting companies from a wide range of industries to achieve their business goals with intelligent solutions. From automated industrial operations, smarter and safer transport to advanced communications, connectivity, medical, and energy solutions, the company delivers technologies that add value for its customers. With the acquisition of Katek SE in early 2024, Kontron significantly strengthens its portfolio with the new GreenTec division, focusing on solar energy and eMobility, and grows to around 8,000 employees in over 20 countries worldwide. Kontron is listed on the SDAX® and TecDAX® of the German Stock Exchange.





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