This factory, which will be used for the manufacturing of crystalline solar cells, is to extend the production capacities of Bosch Solar Energy AG by approx. 400MWp.

Dresden [WorldofPhotovoltaics.com]

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AIS Automation Dresden (AIS) received a large order to install its Manufacturing Execution System (VPC-MES) for the factory that is currently under construction in Arnstadt. This factory, which will be used for the manufacturing of crystalline solar cells, is to extend the production capacities of Bosch Solar Energy AG by approx. 400MWp. As a proven and flexible system, the VPC-MES from AIS is already successfully used in four factories that are run by Bosch. The exact contract value was not announced to the public.

With this contract, Bosch Solar Energy confirms its willingness to continue the longstanding and trustful partnership with AIS. AIS’ comprehensive experience across the entire value-added chain from wafer manufacturing and cell production up to module assembly along with their extensive know-how in the implementation of MES solutions in the photovoltaics industry within more than 50 projects worldwide were crucial factors for the award decision. For more than 6 years, with its innovative and reliable VPC-MES, AIS has taken a leading position when it comes to near-production IT solutions in the photovoltaics and solar industry.

Mr Gottfried Gerlach, AIS’ Managing Director, said: “We are pleased with this important contract and the continuation of our successful co-operation with Bosch Solar Energy. By using our comprehensive experience in the field of MES solutions for the photovoltaics industry, we will once again be a reliable and innovative partner for our customer Bosch Solar Energy. Furthermore, in this project, our VPC-MES will help our customer reveal cost saving potential in production control, quality assurance and production optimisation”.

The project term is rather short because the production in Arnstadt is to start already in early summer 2010. All the functions of the system, including data transfer to the ERP system, must be available very rapidly. Bosch Solar Energy’s high expectations of the new cell factory will be supported by AIS’ MES by providing extensive information for all the areas of the factory, from management and production up to quality assurance. This information is captured during the running of production and is used as a basis for ongoing production optimisation.

About AIS Automation Dresden GmbH
AIS Automation Dresden GmbH, headquartered in Dresden, was established in 1990 and is currently a powerful system and software house in Germany with more than 150 employees. AIS provides software solutions for factory and manufacturing automation for photovoltaics, semiconductor and automobile supporting industries as well as control systems for thin-film, plasma and vacuum technologies. Further business fields include process and fab automation and software solutions for traffic and railway technologies.

AIS Automation Dresden GmbH
Member of Roth & Rau Group Telephone: +49 (0)351 2166 0 Managing Directors: Otto-Mohr-Strasse 6 Fax: +49 (0)351 2166 3000 Rainer Strauß, Gottfried Gerlach, Eckhard Schöbel
01237 Dresden, Germany E-Mail: support@ais-automation.com HRB: Amtsgericht Dresden, HRB 26860
Web: www.ais-automation.com
AIS is a subsidiary of the Roth & Rau AG, in turn ensuring an extensive service and support network for worldwide customer care.

For more information, please visit www.ais-automation.com

About Bosch Solar Energy
Bosch Solar Energy AG, a subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany, is a leading provider of resource-saving photovoltaic products. Bosch Solar Energy offers its customers high-efficiency,
silicon-based crystalline and thin-film products. Currently, Bosch Solar Energy AG and its subsidiaries employ more than 1,400 workers.

For more information, please visit www.bosch-solarenergy.com

Contact
AIS Automation Dresden GmbH
Gottfried Gerlach
Managing Director Marketing & Sales
Phone +49 (0)351 2166 1020
E-Mail: gottfried.gerlach@ais-automation.com

Nadine Wagner
Marketing
Public Relations & Event Management
Phone +49 (0)351 2166 1940
E-Mail: nadine.wagner@ais-automation.com

Source: AIS Automation

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