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Cosma Auto-Chassis Line
Developed to Take On Solar-System Work

Friday, October 23, 2009
Solar-array manufacturer Skyline Solar, Mountain View, CA, has begun commercial production of the racking and structural components of its new high-gain solar (HGS) arrays at the Cosma metal-stamping facility in Troy, MI. Cosma and Skyline Solar collaborated on product design and materials optimization, including the development of the HGS structure so that it would fit into Cosma’s standard plant layout developed for large-volume metalforming and assembly.

According to Skyline Solar, each HGS array consists of two main components: a reflective rack with integrated tracking, and four rows of high-gain solar panels along its edges. HGS arrays are mechanically coupled together into long columns with adjacent units sharing mounting and tracking hardware. Multiple columns are installed side by side to create large solar fields. Cosma’s initial production line is expected to yield 1000 units per month.

Visit Skyline Solar at Cosma, an operating unit of Magna Intl., manufactures vehicle frames, chassis systems and body-in-white systems using a variety of processes including stamping, rollforming, hydroforming and welding;


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