The photovoltaic industry requires very high throughput systems to be cost effective and therefore it is common to use automation for transferring large batches of cells between cassettes and the processing system. Thermco Systems along with our partner company Fortrend offer very reliable, high throughput wafer transfer systems specifically designed for the PV industry. These automation components are capable of loading wafers in back to back or single wafer formats to quartz ‘longboats’ with typical load sizes of 400 wafers or more. Full cassette to cassette automation is available with storage and cooling stations for boats if required. A swing arm robot (SAR) is used to take the longboats to the cantilevered loading paddle on the furnace. Full I/O interfacing between the automation and furnace control systems exists and easy to use manual override and maintenance functions exist.