In 2006, SolarEdge revolutionized the solar industry by inventing a better way to collect and manage energy in PV systems. Today they are the world’s No. 1 solar inverter company and have diversified into new fields outside the solar arena, such as the uninterruptible power supply (UPS), battery, and EV powertrain markets. SolarEdge is now one of the fastest growing high-tech companies in Israel.
In recent years Smart Energy, and solar in particular, have proven to be a very wise investment for homeowners and businesses alike, and the demand and growth will only continue to accelerate. SolarEdge believe that investments in solar PV and storage will be one of the key drivers of economic recovery though the coming years, as we emerge from the effects of the pandemic.
To meet the ever-increasing demand and to ensure the efficiency and reliability of their products, in 2019 SolarEdge began work on a new 10,000 square meters production facility just outside of Nazareth.
Now up and running, the SolarEdge facility produces inverters and power optimizers, with their cutting-edge assembly lines enabling the manufacturing of more than 4,000 optimizers per machine per day. To ensure that each SolarEdge product that leaves the manufacturing plant conforms to the company’s high reliability and quality standards, each component, sub-assembly, and final product are tested multiple times during production. These tests include: Automatic Optical Inspection, In-Circuit Testing, Board- and Component-Level Functional Testing, Safety Testing and Integrative Stress Testing.
Part of the Automatic Optical Inspection testing relies on Mek (Marantz Electronics) modular AOI. Bottom up and top down AOI is carried out using Mek SpectorBOX AOI combinations with a Nutek mainframe. These rigorous screening and testing procedures, which are completed for 100% of the products, enable SolarEdge to guarantee that the products work as expected for the entire product lifetime.
The video below shows the SolarEdge manufacturing facilities and includes a short section close up of the manufacturing line featuring the Mek SpectorBOX AOI.