ACT Aurora Control Technologies Corp.
TSX VENTURE : ACU

ACT Aurora Control Technologies Corp.

November 25, 2014 08:00 ET

ACT Aurora Control Technologies Launches Ground-Breaking Technology for Solar Cell Manufacturing Optimization

Veritas™ Software Provides Unique Capability for Simple and Powerful Production Monitoring and Control of the Emitter Diffusion Process

NORTH VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 25, 2014) - ACT Aurora Control Technologies Corp. ("Aurora" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ACU) is pleased to announce a novel visualization and control software product to enable solar cell manufacturers to optimize the diffusion process.

The new Veritas™ technology maps the measurements from Aurora's Decima™ back to the location in the furnace for perfect visualization. Veritas allows manufacturers to manage and control the performance of each diffusion furnace, a key early step in the production of solar cells. Veritas monitors the quality of each and every wafer from the diffusion furnaces, compares them with specifications and alarms operators when an off-specification issue or problematic trend arises.

Production operators quickly detect, diagnose, and resolve process issues as well as proactively adjust and optimize the diffusion furnace parameters leading to higher yield of top quality cells.

Aurora management firmly believes the patent-pending technology will generate substantial cost savings for solar cell manufacturers and have a material impact on increasing their profitability.

Veritas was recently showcased at the 2014 Taiwan International Photovoltaic Exhibition October 22 - 24, 2014.

"Our Veritas technology generated considerable interest both with solar cell manufacturers and our business partners, particularly with respect to its ability to reveal spatially-resolved diffusion performance and batch-to-batch trends," said Greg Ayres, Aurora's Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Ayres went on to say that "An Aurora customer, benefiting from a pre-released version of the Aurora software said, 'this is a very sensitive tool to see exactly what we are producing and where it is coming from.' This customer has been able to compare end-to-end profiles from several diffusion furnaces, diagnose inconsistent performance, and focus efforts on improving process uniformity."

In the manufacturing of solar cells it is crucial to measure and control all steps of the process in order to optimize the quality and throughput of the high volume production lines. The Aurora solution provides accurate and repeatable measurements of the diffusion process and continuously monitors and alarms product failing to meet specifications. The benefits of tight monitoring and control of every wafer are reduced downgraded cells, higher average cell electrical efficiency, increased production line throughput, and elimination of manually intensive sampling and testing of wafers by lab technicians.

About Aurora:

ACT Aurora Control Technologies Corp. develops, manufactures and markets inline measurement systems for the photovoltaic industry. Headquartered in North Vancouver, Canada, and founded by experienced leaders in process measurement, semiconductor manufacturing and industrial automation, the Company's inline, real-time measurement and control products provide photovoltaic cell manufacturers with the means to lower production costs and increase profitability. The Company's shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and trade under the symbol "ACU".

For more information, the Company's website is located at www.auroracontrol.com.

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Some statements in this news release contain forward-looking information. These statements address future events and conditions and, as such, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the statements. The Company does not assume the obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

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