SolarSoft – an industry consortium (www.solarsoft.org) – led by Strip Tinning Ltd from Birmingham UK has successfully completed the development of a new PV ribbon production process that allows high-speed efficient and chemical-free production of super-soft PV ribbon. With the help of Plasmait and University of Birmingham the consortium achieved the aim set out from the start: to produce a tinned copper ribbons with low yield strength, the type that are required for interconnecting thin crystalline solar cells. Continue reading
Plasmait - Plasma Industrial Technologies
Plasmait is a supplier of plasma based heat and surface treatment solutions to the metals industry. We lead the field of continuous high-temperature plasma heat treatment applications. Our solutions are designed for demanding surface requirements and coating applications.
We help our clients develop, deploy and improve their production lines in the wire, tube, rope, profile and rod industry. We build specific heat and surface treatment machinery or develop new production processes from conception to deployment.
It has been widely accepted that stainless steel and nickel alloy wire cannot be annealed quickly enough to go in-line with a drawing or rolling machine. This is now a thing of the past. Plasmait has introduced a new PlasmaANNEALER that is first in the world to anneal fine austenitic stainless steel and nickel alloys wire at the speed of drawing. This new concept allows for a radical increase of continuous annealing speeds that can surpass 20m/s in the case of fine wire sizes of austenitic stainless steels. Continue reading
Plasmait has introduced a new PlasmaANNEALER for continuous heat treatment, degreasing and oxide removal of stainless steel and nickel alloy wires up to 5.5mm and tubes up to 12.7mm in diameter. This new machine introduced early 2012 can be designed for annealing, stress relieving or material hardening applications. Continue reading