Manufacturing & Prototyping

The Significance of Critical Cleaning for Solar Module Fabrication

With increased governmental commitments to support renewable energy initiatives, winners and losers in solar module fabrication will be determined more quickly and by a variety of factors. One factor will be the elimination of defects to increase yields in the manufacturing process. Critical cleaning of substrates and superstrates is an essential component in achieving an optimal solar module fabrication process which reduces the cost per watt. Depending on the material being cleaned and the cleaning process employed, various Alconox products, including ALCONOX, DETOJET, LIQUINOX, CITRANOX and CITRAJET, have already been selected by major manufacturers as the critical cleaners of choice to reduce or eliminate manufacturing defects in solar module fabrication and are being employed in additional emerging processes.

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Key Procedures and Aqueous Cleaning Agents for Metal and Electronic Component Cleaning

Effective use of aqueous cleaners for electronics and metals hinges on the orchestration of basic variables of cleaning agents and procedures. The terms precision or critical cleaning apply whenever residue can cause a failure in the performance or function of the surface being cleaned. In general industry this includes electronic component cleaning, and surface preparation of metals prior to coating or bonding. Current practice for critical cleaning includes the use of volatile solvents, corrosive chemicals, and aqueous detergents. In today’ hazard-sensitive workplace, however, many companies are re-examining their use of volatile-solvent and corrosive-chemical cleaners. By using the right aqueous cleaning technologies now, it’ possible to minimize hazards without sacrificing critical cleaning performance. Many aqueous cleaners now offer cleaning performance comparable to - or better than solvent cleaning systems.

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Optimizing an Electromechanical Device with Multidimensional Analysis Software

Modern CAE software allows engineers to investigate a multitude of design variations that could not possibly be considered using conventional physical prototypes. In this paper we will first illustrate parametric methods for automatically creating virtual prototypes of electromechanical actuators (in our case simple electromagnetic solenoids) using the AMPERES and MAGNETO programs from INTEGRATED Engineering Software. We will then use a specific case study to show how the Tecplot Chorus program can assist in determining optimal design choices.

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Turning Great Designs Into Great Products: The Changing World of Mechanical Design

As the nature of product development shifts to keep up with the pace of global innovation, manufacturers must understand that using the wrong tools can cripple a company's ability to innovate and deliver quality products on time. This whitepaper provides an overview of manufacturing tools like mechanical computer aided design (MCAD), product data management (PDM), electronic design automation (EDA) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) and describes how to bridge the gap between engineering and manufacturing.

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HIG™: Combining the Benefits of Inductive and Resistive Heating

Harmonic Inductive Gain (HIG™) is a rapidly growing technology that is changing the game in what has previously been a stagnating technology; inductive heating. HIG utilizes a pulsed output signal rich in high frequency harmonics to deliver an intensely changing magnetic field in place of a sinusoidal signal generated from large currents. This approach allows for efficiency gains that permit air-cooled power supplies and coils to be realized. Modulation of the output pulse allows for precise control over output power with 1W precision regardless of coil configuration, coil type, or load type; affording full flexibility in coil design. The resultant system is incredibly versatile and intelligent offering the same ‘plug and play’ design flexibility as resistive heating while maintaining the highest level of efficiency and reliability available with induction.

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3D Printing with FDM: How it Works

A 3D printer is a machine that creates objects from plastic or other materials using an additive manufacturing process. Additive manufacturing produces objects in a succession of layers from the bottom, up. This is the opposite of traditional subtractive manufacturing processes.

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3D PRINTERS VS. 3D PRODUCTION SYSTEMS: 10 Distinguishing Factors to Help Select a System

This paper addresses the capabilities, roles and positioning of systems geared for professional use. Beginning with the most basic information – the definition of 3D printers – this whitepaper positions the two product classes.

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