Mechatronic design for high-temperature operation
Ruud Bons and Alex de Leth
Technobis Mechatronics has developed and manufactured three mechatronic handling units for harsh environments. These units are part of breakthrough technological development operated by RGS Development, a company founded by Dutch energy research centre ECN, Deutsche Solar and Sunergy Investco, to come to a direct silicon wafer casting process (called Ribbon-Growth-on-Substrate (RGS) wafer casting). As part of this process development a prototype/test machine had to be developed and built in co-operation with technology partners, to find solutions to the challenges that had to be overcome in the translation of the RGS process from the batch-type laboratory-scale towards continuous operation. On the downstream side of the process, Technobis Mechatronics contributed its expertise on highaccuracy, high-speed mechatronics solutions that can be applied in harsh environments.