Solar Panel Laminators


The process of manufacturing solar panels requires precise control of temperature, pressure, vacuum, and step duration times. All of the different components that make up a solar panels have to be heated up and vacuum bonded together. The entire process requires stringent control to ensure good results.


The Bent River line of panel laminators have a computerized control system designed to allow for research and development experiments with different processes. You’ll have precise control of all of process parameters during experimentation and process qualification. Once a qualified process has been created, the system can be operated in the production mode and run the same production recipe repeatedly.


The Bent River line of laminators offer computerized process controls to allow recipes to be developed and reused. Proven reusable recipes will eliminate the following most common problems encountered when laminating solar panels:

  • air entrapment in the lamination layer
  • poor lamination allowing delaminating to occur
  • inconsistent pressure on the panel causing cracking or damage to the solar cells
  • wrinkling or deformation of the lamination layers causing inconsistent appearance and performance

The Bent River line of Solar Panel Laminators offer the control and repeatability to eliminate these problems and our fully automatic lamination process will provide repeatable results for your production needs.


In order to achieve stringent control and excellent quality in panel lamination, the Bent River line of Solar Panel Laminators offers a unique lifting pin mechanism. Our lifting pin laminators have an array of pins that raise up out of the heated lower platen. These pins hold the panel away from the heated platen which achieves a good vacuum and eliminates all the air from the panel. Once this occurs, the pins are lowered bringing the panel in contact with the heated lower platen which raises the panel temperature causing the EVA or other hot melt layers to bond the panel layer together.


At Bent River Machine, we often receive the question, “Where can I find a laminator that is intended for development and short-run manufacturing?” To answer this question, we developed the Bent River line of Solar Panel Laminators. Our laminators are geared toward organizations doing research and development on panels; smaller, short-run manufacturers that find the cost of production laminators beyond their budget; and anyone experimenting with flat panel or touch panel technologies.

While the Bent River line of Solar Panel Laminators offer precise computerized process control that equals production lamination systems, our laminators do not have the automated loading and unload handing systems used on production laminators. This allows us to offer excellent laminations at a fraction of the cost.

Bent River offers the following standard sizes of Solar Laminators:

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Model SPL2828 PIN
28 by 28
Model SPL2860 PIN
28 by 60
Model SPL5080 PIN
50 by 80

*Please Note: Custom sizes can be built to meet your specific needs if desired.



Many companies we talk to are trying working on development in solar or flat panel technologies. To support these development activities, Bent River offers lamination of samples to prove out the process and provide test samples for evaluation. If you are seriously considering investing in a Solar Panel Laminator, Bent River will be happy to have you ‘test drive’ before you make the purchase.

Just need a few samples laminated? Let our engineers do the work for you. Contact us about hourly lamination rates.


Step 1: Contact Bent River to explain the specifics of your project.

Step 2: Sign an NDA with Bent River to ensure a professional relationship and protect your design.

Step 3: Send the recipe of specific control variables of your lamination – temperature, pressure, vacuum, and step duration times.

Step 4: Provide Bent River with four to six samples (max size 28 by 28). Multiple samples are needed in order to make adjustments to the machines based on all the variabilities to execute a solid lamination.

Step 5: Bent River performs trial laminations and returns the sample panels to you.


Learn more about our Trial Run Laminator Program

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