Photovoltaic (PV) Manufacturing Factory Automation Services
While the SECS/GEM, and subsequently the PVECI, standards provide an excellent foundation for equipment interfaces, they certainly do not guarantee that the equipment supplier will meet factory expectations with a useful and thorough implementation. Cimetrix provides the opportunity for equipment suppliers to benefit from its engineering experience to ensure the factory's satisfaction.
Although CIMConnect can be purchased as an off-the-shelf product to implement the new PV2 standards, some customers have very tight time schedules, limited resources and/or no experience with these standards. For first-time SECS/GEM interfaces and even first time CIMConnect users, bundling Cimetrix integration services with the CIMConnect product can be the most cost-effective solution. It allows customers to implement a first-class SECS/GEM interface the first time and establish a solid framework and example for other machines, future projects, and future versions. Cimetrix can provide as little as a few days of consultation and advanced training to help customers start with a great design. Alternatively, we can provide extensive custom software that involves minimal customer resources to complete the SECS/GEM interface.
Cimetrix Global Services utilize a disciplined software engineering lifecycle to ensure customer satisfaction and quick end user acceptance. Please ask us for references from satisfied PV equipment suppliers. Also, you can request a FREE architecture discussion with a application engineer to further understand your needs.
Many PV equipment manufacturers use scan-based PLC controllers for real time control. Cimetrix has developed a PLC bridge to facilitate easy movement of data from most popular PLC controllers to the GEM interface using OPC or vendor specific proprietary protocols. Using this tool, Cimetrix engineers can quickly develop a GEM solution for your PV equipment.
PV Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) Experience
The PV industry has different needs from a typical semiconductor MES solution. Cimetrix has direct experience interfacing with the most common MES solutions used by PV Manufactuerers, thereby helping our customers gain fast equipment acceptance.
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