Our client offer laminating solutions for the solar panel manufacturing industry. They have the newest multilevel laminator on the market. The issue our client was experiencing was the membranes were splitting, which in turn was causing a loss of vacuum during the lamination process. The cause of this problem was the way they were putting the screws through the sheet which was causing cracks in the material, therefore reducing the life span of the product. Our specialist team here at Silicone Engineering went to visit the client over in Italy to discuss and try to resolve the problem.
The purpose of the visit was to understand how the laminator machines work, to visualise were the silicone membranes fit onto the machine and to discuss the issues that they are experiencing with the silicone membranes that they are currently using. The key points that our client was looking for in the silicone membranes was to have an increased product life cycle by the way of improved elongation and tear strength. After samples of the clients current membrane material was tested in our laboratories, the product test data, compared with our kSil™VAC silicone, highlighted that our tear strength and elongation was far superior to the material that they were currently using. After a trial period of testing the material on their laminators, the client was happy with the results which led to a complete product solution to the clients processing problem.
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