Orbotech wins $40m deal with Chinese LCD panel maker

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By Nick Flaherty

The orders are for a range of Orbotech’s flat panel display (FPD) inspection, testing and repair solutions, including the Quantum, ArrayChecker and ProcessSaver tools, for phase one of CEC Panda’s new Gen 8.6 fab in Chengdu, China.

The equipment will be delivered during the third quarter of 2017 and CEC Panda has indicated that it expects to reach a maximum capacity of 60,000 glasses per month in phase one of mass production.

“Our high-performance inspection, testing and repair solutions were first selected by CEC Panda when they were ramping up production about three years ago,” said Edu Meytal, President of Orbotech Pacific Display. “We are very excited to partner once again with CEC Panda to provide this significant support for its new Gen 8.6 fab.”

Based in Nanjing, China, Nanjing CEC Panda LCD Technology is a subsidiary of China Electronics Corporation (CEC), the largest state-owned IT enterprise in China, and owns three state-level engineering technology development centres.

Orbotech’s Quantum FPD AOI system offers display makers automated inspection solutions for all types of display technologies, including flex and OLED. This increases production yields using advanced optics for image acquisition, unique image processing technologies, algorithms and data processing capabilities, microscopic video imaging, CD/Overlay measurements and automated macro (Mura) inspection to enable high-sensitivity defect detection and accurate classification.

The ArrayChecker test system determines whether individual pixels or lines of pixels are functional. It also finds more subtle process defects such as variations in individual pixel voltage. Defect data are used for repair and statistical process control to decrease material costs and improve throughput. ProcessSaver (shown above) locates and repairs metal defects and for re-patterning p-Si and photo resist in the high-volume fabrication of flat panel displays (FPDs) using advanced laser scanning technology.

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