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Eyelit's Award-winning, Integrated Manufacturing Execution (MES), Factory Automation, and Asset Management Suite Selected by Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. for Use in Its New Photovoltaic (PV) Thin-Film Solar Module Factory

Eyelit’s software to support rapid manufacturing ramp of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS), roll-to-roll solar production

March 5, 2010, 11:40 AM 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 Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc., a developer of flexible, thin-film photovoltaic modules, has selected Eyelit’s Manufacturing Software Suite to support PV production ramp in at its FAB 2 in Thornton, Colorado.

Eyelit’s solution is used to track, monitor, and provide product visibility throughout Ascent Solar’s manufacturing process, from incoming rolls to completed PV solar modules. With the implementation of Eyelit’s software, Ascent Solar is able to consolidate several homegrown Microsoft Access databases and Excel-based tracking sheets, and reduce paper travelers on the production floor. Eyelit’s Asset Management solution enables improvement in managing equipment maintenance and automation of critical processes integral to thin-film PV production. Eyelit's Asset Management provides tool monitoring, management of maintenance tasks, as well as built-in warnings, alerts, and logbooks for improved communications in maintenance operations and greater efficiency in equipment utilization.

"I’m impressed with Eyelit’s capability and flexibility as compared to other MES solutions I’ve used in PV. Eyelit’s experience and familiarity in thin-film PV manufacturing has been a big plus. Our implementation is progressing according to our plans and is on track to meet our go-live date at the end of the month. Eyelit’s manufacturing software is outstanding in price and quality," said Zane Rakes, Ascent Solar’s Vice-President of Manufacturing.

"Ascent Solar’s selection and implementation of Eyelit’s manufacturing software further demonstrates the flexibility of Eyelit’s software. Ascent’s roll-to-roll, thin-film CIGS process adds another type of PV manufacturing process to Eyelit’s growing and diverse list of PV-manufacturing customers. With the addition of Ascent Solar, we can now include building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) as a segment of our customer base. It’s a testament to the flexibility and adaptability of the Eyelit solution," said Dan Estrada, Vice-President of Sales and Business Development at Eyelit.

About Eyelit Inc. (www.eyelit.com)

Eyelit Inc. is the leader in Manufacturing Execution and Quality Management (MES and QMS) 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, SEMI PV2-0709), Factory Integration (Automation), Manufacturing Execution (MES), Supply Chain Management, Quality Management (CAPA/OCAP/SPC/APC/RMA), and Business Process Management, that enables 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 Ascent Solar, austriamicrosystems, CaliSolar, Deutsche Solar, FLIR Systems, Freescale Semiconductor, Innovalight, Nemotek, Tower Semiconductor, Umicore, and VTI Technologies, rely on Eyelit as a trusted software partner.

About Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (www.ascentsolar.com)

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. is a developer of thin-film photovoltaic modules with substrate materials that can be more flexible and affordable than most traditional solar panels. Ascent Solar modules can be directly integrated into standard building materials, space applications, consumer electronics for portable power or configured as stand-alone modules for large-scale terrestrial deployment. Ascent Solar is headquartered in Thornton, Colorado. For more information, go to www.ascentsolar.com.


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

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc.
Brian Blackman
Investor Relations
Tel: +1 832 515 0928

"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."