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Industrial Learning Systems (iLS)

Industrial Learning Systems (iLS), a Carnegie Mellon spin-out company, leverages
innovative, patented technology to develop products that enable manufacturers to increase
productivity and yield and improve quality, reduce material and energy costs, maximize
efficiency of engineering human resources, and eliminate or reduce down time. Among its
most recent inventions are an improved continuous casting process for making solar silicon
wafers based on the float-glass process used to make plate glass. The current process
involves casting silicon in a cylinder shape and then taking thick slices from that cylinder to
make the wafers resulting in 50% of the silicon being wasted. The new process will have
dramatically lower waste and cost.

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