Oerlikon Solar Selects Intergraph® SmartPlant® 3D and P&ID Design Software


Dynamic growth necessitates need for solution to increase productivity and accelerate plant projects

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Dec. 3, 2009 – Oerlikon Solar, the leading supplier of high performance solutions for cost-effective mass production of thin film silicon solar modules, has selected Intergraph® SmartPlant® 3D and P&ID engineering design software to increase productivity and accelerate plant project completion. With business doubling in just two years, Oerlikon Solar outgrew its previous CAD 2D design software. To meet growth demands, the company chose SmartPlant 3D, Intergraph’s next-generation, data-centric 3D design system combined with SmartPlant P&ID. Oerlikon Solar will use SmartPlant 3D and P&ID for end-to-end manufacturing lines for the mass production of thin film silicon solar modules. The end-to-end production lines are complete systems, yet modular and upgradeable in both throughput and process technology.

SmartPlant 3D engineering design software is the most productive, highest quality, multi-discipline 3D modeling environment in the world for global multi-office execution of process and power projects. Customers using SmartPlant 3D typically realize 25- to 35-percent initial increases in productivity compared to other systems, higher quality deliverables and shorter schedules. 

“After realizing the limitations of our previous design system, we expect to have measurable improvements in the quality of our designs with SmartPlant 3D and P&ID,” said Orlando Derungs, project manager Fab Engineering & Planning for Oerlikon Solar. “Our growth necessitates that we maintain a more organized and productive design environment, and we look forward to working with Intergraph to improve our Basic and Detail Engineering.”

Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power and Marine president, said, “We are pleased to welcome Oerlikon Solar as a SmartPlant 3D customer, adding a new dimension to our expanding power industry customer base. Oerlikon Solar is a great example of how Intergraph solutions enable our customers to grow and gain a competitive edge. ”   

The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph the No. 1 overall engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) provider worldwide according to its PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013. For news and views for the process, power and marine industries, visit Intergraph’s blog at http://blogs.intergraph.com/getsmart/.

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About Oerlikon Solar
Oerlikon Solar offers field proven equipment and end-to-end manufacturing lines for the mass production of thin film silicon solar modules. Engineered to reduce device cost and maximize productivity, its end-to-end solutions are fully automated, high yield, high uptime, and low maintenance.

The production lines are complete systems, yet modular and upgradeable in both throughput and process technology. As a global leader in thin film PV technology, the company provides its customers with extensive experience in both amorphous and high-efficiency Micromorph® tandem technology.Oerlikon Solar is ranked “global number one solar turnkey line supplier” by VLSI and has been named winner of the 2009 CELL AWARD for the ”best technical product for thin film module manufacturing” as well as winner of the 2009 Solar Industry Award.

Oerlikon Solar is headquartered in Switzerland, has over 750 employees in 13 locations worldwide and maintains sales and service centers in the USA, Europe and China, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore and Japan.

For more information, please visit www.oerlikon.com/solar

About Intergraph
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence. Intergraph’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.

Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I).  Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially-powered solutions to the defense and intelligence, public safety and security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities, and communications industries. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.

David Joffrion
Manager, Corporate Communications

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