24. Mar 2014

Jabil increases Lamination Capacity by 240MW at their plant in Poland

Category: Photovoltaics

 

Two additional Bürkle Multi-Opening Lamination Lines Ypsator(R) 1722-7 in operation

The German Equipment Supplier Bürkle has recently provided two (2) additional Multi-Opening Lamination Lines Ypsator(R) 1722-7 to electronics manufacturing service provider Jabil and their manufacturing facility in Kwidzyn, Poland. Each Lamination Line has 7 openings and can process 2 solar modules per opening (process room) which results in a capacity of 14 modules per cycle and approximately 120 MW per year.

Jabil provides innovative clean technology manufacturing expertise to customers in the industrial and energy sector. Jabil manufactures 800 MW of solar modules per year for various customers at their facility in Kwidzyn, Poland.

“The Bürkle Ypsator(R) Lamination Line is a high efficiency tool with a high uptime and high yield. We added 2 Lamination Lines Ypsator(R) 1722-7 and increased the overall number to 6 of these Lamination Lines in our factory in Kwidzyn, Poland. It is very important to have a good lamination tool since the PV industry is very price sensitive and the overall market conditions do not allow any insufficient operation or equipment. The Bürkle equipment is very reliable and we are very happy with the provided service and support”, says Jean-Marie Siefert, Business Unit Director PV at Jabil.

The Bürkle Multi-Opening Lamination Line Ypsator(R) is available in different sizes and configurations with 4 to 10 openings. For the lamination of glass-backsheet modules the lamination process is carried out in a vacuum membrane press followed by a cooling press. For the lamination of glass-glass modules (either thin film or crystalline cells) Bürkle offers a unique lamination process. The lamination process is split into 2 steps. In the first step the modules are pre-laminated and sealed. The final lamination is carried out in a hot press with top and bottom heating platens which results in a very uniform heating and reduced edge pinch of the modules. The cooling is carried out in a separate cooling step.

Sven Kramer, Sales Director PV at Bürkle mentions that “A profitable operation of a solar module manufacturing facility is possible in Europe and a European manufacturer can compete with Chinese operation costs. The Ypsator(R) Lamination Line reduces the overall required floor space and allows Jabil to have a high volume production facility in one factory hall with a minimum foot print. Lower manufacturing and operation costs are the decisive advantage of the Ypsator(R) Lamination Line.”

About Robert Bürkle GmbH

Bürkle is focused on two core technologies, Coating and Lamination, and serves the Woodworking Industry, the Printed Wiring Board Fabrication Industry, the Photovoltaic Solar Panel Industry, and the Plastic Card Fabrication Industry. Bürkle is the pioneer in supplying Multi-Opening Lamination Lines into the PV Industry. More than 50 Multi-Opening Lamination Lines for the lamination of solar modules have been supplied since the market entry in 2008. Bürkle is a 90 year old company with 3 manufacturing facilities in Germany and sales and service offices around the world. The Group has a staff of 630 employees. Further information is available on Bürkle's website: www.buerkle-gmbh.de

About Jabil

Jabil is an electronic product solutions company providing comprehensive electronics design, manufacturing and aftermarket product management services to global electronics and technology companies. Offering complete product supply chain management from facilities in 31 countries, Jabil provides comprehensive, individualized-focused solutions to customers in a broad range of industries. Jabil common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol, "JBL". Further information is available on Jabil's website: .


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