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Eyelit's Award-winning Integrated Manufacturing Execution (MES), Factory Automation, Quality and Asset Management Suite Selected by CaliSolar for Use in New, Low-cost Photovoltaic (PV) Cell Plant

Eyelit continues solar market growth by adding UMG-Si solar cell provider

February 12, 2009, 02:01 PM Eastern Standard Time
TORONTO, Canada—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Eyelit Inc., a manufacturing software provider for visibility, control, and coordination of manufacturing operations for the aerospace & defense, discrete electronics, semiconductor, and photovoltaic (solar) industries, announced today that CaliSolar, an upgraded metallurgical-grade silicon (UMG-Si) solar cell provider has selected Eyelit’s manufacturing software suite to support PV production ramp in its new facility in Sunnyvale, California.

Eyelit’s solutions will be used to track, monitor and provide product visibility of material starting with raw silicon and including ingot, brick, wafer and PV solar cell production along with control over CaliSolar's equipment and other key assets. CaliSolar will utilize Eyelit’s FactoryConnect middleware for factory automation and direct tool connectivity. Eyelit's Asset Management will provide tool monitoring, management of calibration and preventative maintenance, as well as built-in warnings, alerts, maintenance operations, and tasks all focused on higher utilization of equipment. CaliSolar also plans to implement Eyelit’s quality management for real-time statistical process control (SPC) and deviation management.

“We searched globally for the right solution and selected Eyelit over other leading MES providers. Eyelit provides us with the feature set needed to expand our production, along with a critical cost of ownership advantage. Eyelit already has implementations in several PV factories, allowing me to validate the solution with peers in the industry. We’ll benefit from Eyelit’s knowledge and experience in PV manufacturing, their understanding of PV was clear and helpful in providing a flexible software licensing model better suited for the PV industry,” said Vivek Bhachawat, CaliSolar’s Director of Manufacturing Technology.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with CaliSolar, to help them bring their low-cost UMG-Si PV solar cells to market. Eyelit continues to expand its solar customer base, which includes both silicon and thin-film solar manufacturers. We’ve added two new solar customers in the first month of 2009 and look forward to helping our solar customers reach their goal of producing low cost, high-value solar products by utilizing our low-cost, high-value factory product suite,” said Dan Estrada, Vice-President of Sales and Business Development at Eyelit Inc.

About Eyelit Inc. (www.eyelit.com)

Eyelit Inc. is the leader in Manufacturing Execution and Business Process Management (MES and BPM) solutions for visibility, control, and coordination of manufacturing operations for the aerospace & defense, electronics, semiconductor, and solar industries. Eyelit uniquely delivers a broad set of manufacturing solutions, including Asset Management (Semi E10), Factory Integration (Automation), Manufacturing Execution (MES), Supply Chain Execution, Quality Management (CAPA/OCAP/SPC/APC), and Business Process Management, that enable its customers to rapidly and cost-effectively optimize production and company processes.

With exceptional customer service, Eyelit has time and again proven that superior innovative technology can increase efficiency and value. More than 40 leading companies, including A123Systems, Analog Devices, austriamicrosystems, CaliSolar, FLIR Systems, Freescale Semiconductor, HelioVolt, Innovalight, Nemotek, Tower Semiconductor, and VTI Technologies, rely on Eyelit as a trusted software partner.

About CaliSolar, Inc. (www.calisolar.com)

CaliSolar is a rapidly growing private company engaged in the development and manufacturing of high-efficiency solar cells using 100% UMG-Si. CaliSolar has a state-of-the-art development center based in Berlin, Germany, headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, and a fully integrated manufacturing facility under construction in Sunnyvale. The company was founded in 2006 by Dr. Kamel Oundadjela, Dr. Fritz Kirscht, and Dr. Eicke Weber.


CaliSolar, Inc.
Roy Johnson, CEO
Tel: +1 408 739 1774 ext. 102

Eyelit Inc.
Amy DeHeer
Tel: +1 905 502 6184

"Eyelit is one of a new breed of production management suppliers that "gets it" when it comes to plant software. This is what manufacturers need in order to enhance enterprise performance in real time."