Profiling for solar cell manufacturing

Thermal process development and control specialist, KIC, has announced the release of a thermal profiler that is specifically designed for the needs and challenges of the PV industry. The SunKIC benefits from several hardware and software innovations that help solar cell manufacturers better manage their thermal processes. The compact form factor (19mm/0.75′ tall thermal shield) enables the SunKIC to pass through the tight furnace tunnel clearance and the software aids profiling. The analytical software allows users to study and improve upon all the aspects of the time-temperature profile. Additionally, it displays all relevant process data such as peak temperature, dwell time in various temperature ranges, slope gradients and more. The SunKIC software also measures the area under the curve at any given temperature level to further help users analyze the recorded profile.