Cleanliness-suitable handling solutions

Today and in the future, many key technologies in all areas of industry can only be realized in the long-term with the aid of needs-based automation solutions. In particular, solutions for the clean handling of delicate and contamination-sensitive objects can only be developed and realized by coupling academic knowledge with industrial practice.

Our in-house automation laboratory for the layout and control of clean production facilities gives us the unique ability to reproduce individual automated handling problems on an industrial scale and identify potentials to systematically improve stocks, new developments and improvements. Our main focus is on sub-systems and complete systems of transport and transfer stations in high-volume productions. Especially as far as contamination-sensitive components are concerned, sub-processes that are generally not of added value to the product often offer potentials for improving quality and productivity by implementing optimized automated handling technologies. The risks and dangers of influencing the handled objects, and thus of affecting a positive production result, increase enormously as throughputs rise and workpieces become more sensitive.

Photovoltaics is not the only industry that is faced with the challenge of a clean manufacturing environment in the future. In addition to analyzing and optimizing new clean handling concepts on the basis of ultra-thin silicon substrates, we offer extensive expertise in the development of automated handling solutions for assembling innovative solar modules (single sun & concentrator). We also develop and test automated solutions for clean precision manufacturing processes in the semiconductor industry, battery manufacturing industry, optical technologies, medical engineering and the food industry.

When characterizing handling processes under difficult conditions, we focus on such aspects as the optimum parameterization of automated handling processes with regard to cost-effective throughput limits, handling geometrically-transformed objects in processes, contact-free handling in process baths (e.g. disinfection, etching, texturization, developing), evaluating contact materials for contamination-sensitive or hygienic handling processes, or the realization of customized grippers for automated cleaning steps.