27. April 2017 | Photovoltaics

A New Generation of Improved Automation Systems

Jonas & Redmann can look back at this year’s SNEC in Shanghai with total satisfaction. Over a period of three days at the world’s most important photovoltaic trade show, Jonas & Redmann presented a series of innovations which, taken together, represent a new generation of automation systems for loading and unloading high-efficiency processes in the production of crystalline silicon solar cells.

Product Information: TRAY AUTOMATION

Tray Automation

With the improved TRAY AUTOMATION, Jonas & Redmann offers an automated system for loading and unloading inline coating machines which not only meets the particularly high demands for cell handling, but also provides best-in-class performance in terms of throughput, uptime and footprint. This modular system can be adapted to match the specific requirements of any process (e.g. PECVD, PVD, CVD or ALD). It relies on gripping technologies specifically designed for handling extremely thin wafers with very sensitive coatings. Only the most gentle handling concepts based on patented gripping technologies were used in the development of this system. For heterojunction (HJT) cell production, which requires surface-friendly handling and pinpoint wafer placement in the tray, Jonas & Redmann provides a highly accurate camera-based kit which is proven to increase the efficiency of the cells through precise positioning of the wafer in the tray pocket. The platform also offers a series of innovations for improved coating accuracy and fracture reduction. The standard tray stabilization and centering device ensures proper tray placement and excellent positioning results. The system can easily be configured for different tray sizes (e.g. 6×4, 5×4, 6×9, 6×7, 8×8, 9×11). Intelligent engineering allows for simple format changes via plug and play. The integration of various measuring systems (i.e. for wafer fracture and color control) into the system is just one of many other options available. Depending on the production environment and processing equipment, the extremely compact TRAY AUTOMATION can also be used as a double-end solution. TRAY AUTOMATION is designed for a throughput of 6,500 wafers per hour.

WHD HTP 10000 and WHP HTP 8000

Since entering the photovoltaic market in 2000, Jonas & Redmann have installed more than 1000 WHD and WHP systems around the world. With the new generation of these automation systems for diffusion tube furnaces and PECVD tube systems, Jonas & Redmann currently offers the most efficient loading and unloading solutions for this processing stage. The compact systems feature a modular design and can easily be adapted to different production environments and manufacturing types. Depending on customer requirements, measuring systems can also be integrated into these platforms to ensure constant process monitoring. Thanks to continuous improvement of the individual modules and handling components, the system guarantees, even at very high throughputs, a low fracture rate of under 0.03% and reliable operation with an uptime of > 99%.

Product Information: WHD HTP 10000

Product Information: WHP HTP 8000



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    • JR Competencies

      Jonas & Redmann have extensive expertise in the automation of complex and multi-layered production processes.

      Automation of Complex Processes

      We are particularly specialized in the development of technologies for production processes, which have either not yet been automated or were previously considered as non-automatable. Let us share our expertise so you can profit from our extensive process know-how from numerous projects in the high-tech sectors: photovoltaics, energy storage, medical engineering and assembly automation. With our extensive expertise, we offer our customers tried and tested processes and efficient system solutions for demanding applications.

      Portfolio for High-Tech Branches

      Development of new production technologies and the necessary machines

      Standardized platforms for automation, measuring technology and process technologies

      Laboratory equipment systems, individual plant systems, integrated production lines

    • Connection Technologies

      In automated assembly, the joining and connecting of the functioning units play a key role.

      Optimum Connection Solutions

      We integrate a wide range of connection technologies in our comprehensive solution for the assembly of electronic and automotive components.

      Connection Technologies Portfolio

      Joining technology

      Screw technology

      Press-fit technology | precision pressing

      Riveting technology

      Soldering for selective soldering

      Heat sealing

      Welding technology

      Adhesive and dosing technology

    • Marking & Processing

      In the production of high-tech products, sensitive or pliable materials pose high demands on processing and marking processes.

      Processing of High-tech Materials

      From hard-brittle silicon, to pliable ultrathin foils, through to fine hollow fibers – our engineering expertise makes it possible to process numerous high-tech materials. Our automation solutions come equipped with a high level of precision and quality to ensure your complex product is produced according to specifications.

      Marking and Processing Portfolio

      Filling / Dosing of solids and fluids

      Precision dispensing of pastes and adhesives

      Surface coating with pasty media

      Using die cutter for the shaping of foil blanks

      Z-folding of separators in accumulator production

      Reshaping of hoses/tubes

      Reshaping | Deep drawing of composite films

      Bundling and cutting of hollow fibers

      Laser marking

      Pad and ink-jet printing


    • Handling & Assembly

      Jonas & Redmann are specialists in the conception and production of highly intelligent assembly solutions as well as customized handling technology.

      Modular Assembly – Agile and Highly Flexible

      We offer scalable automated and semi-automated assembly and handling systems, for which various elements can be easily reconfigured.  By making sure our components are easily convertible, we ensure your flexibility and enable the production of various product types. The integration of additional modules with new functionalities into existing lines can be easily implemented.

      Assembly Portfolio

      Assembly of very small parts with high cycle times

      Precision and micro assembly machines             

      Sorting technology for bulk materials

      Pick & Place module | Assembly-handling modules

      Robotics (all kinematics)

      Palletization units

      Stacking units

      Dosing units

      Handling and Transport Portfolio

      Material feed

      Transfer systems

      Portal handling

      Special grippers for flexible materials

      Special grippers for hard/brittle and ultra-thin materials

      Transport and storage devices for sensitive products/customized

      Modular grippers for easy conversion when changing variants

      Workpiece carrier (WT) transfer systems

      AGV – Automated Guide Vehicles

      Overhead transport systems

    • Metrology

      We offer reliable in-line inspection technology and in-process analysis software for consistent quality management in ongoing production. We consider all metrologically relevant steps already during the conception phase of a machine or production line. On request, when finished, the complete solution includes comprehensive quality inspection and evaluation of each measuring cell as well as all inspected objects.

      Consitency in Quality Assurance

      Material receiving inspection

      Continuous testing and monitoring during production with integrated NIO parts removal system

      End-of-line Test

      Inspection Technology Portfolio

      Robot-vision systems

      Surface inspection

      Measurement of layer thickness

      Precision weighing

      Assembly and completeness check

      Code identification

      Inline measurement

    • Laser Technology

      We offer the integration of laser technology in automation technology paired with sound process competence in numerous laser applications.

      Highest Accuracy in Micro-Machining

      Due to the fact that we have our own laser laboratory and are in close cooperation with competence centers in the fields of laser sources and optics, we are able to keep up with rapid technological development and the implementation of customer-specific laser processing systems.


      Structuring of Solar Cells

      Automated tab welding in the production of lithium-based battery cells

      Cutting | Separation of solar cells

      Stripping | Decoating e.g. of enameled copper wire in stator production


    • Screen Printing


      Jonas & Redmann are leading producers of fully-automated screen printing systems for the front and backside metallization of crystalline silicon solar cells.

      High Screen Quality and Low Paste Consumption



      Specific development, having taken place in the field of screen printing since 2009, and combined with our expertise in the processing and handling of hard-brittle materials, has led to pioneering metallization systems and helped to equip them with competitive and unique selling point features. We would be happy to incorporate our expertise in industrial screen printing into your project.

      Highest possible level of accuracy in object orientation and screen printing

      Soft-Print Technology through low-contact transport and processing strategies

      Unique screen lift kinematics for high screen life

      Innovative pressure deposit coating

      Multi-layer printing processes with the highest level of precision possible


    • Software Development

      Automation software is essential to ensure a high level of both functionality and efficiency. A core competence of Jonas & Redmann is the development of individual software for technically complex machines and systems.

      Individual Software Solutions

      We develop individual software as either an integral part of your machines or as a complimentary application. You benefit from our experience with numerous control and visualization systems (Siemens, Beckhoff, Allen Bradley, customized).

      Software Development Portfolio

      High-level language programming

      Manufacturing Execution System (MES) interfaces

      System integration of measurement technology | Process technology

      Programming of industrial robots  

      Performance increase through software | Diagnosis and remote access