As in many other sectors, the trend towards automation in the photovoltaic industry is inexorable. The only way for the industry to be successful along a wide front is by permanently lowering its production costs. The photovoltaic industry already has a potential that not only warrants but encourages the use of automation technology. Using industrial robots brings shorter processing times, lower wage costs, less breakage and therefore higher cost effectiveness. In recent years most manufacturers who have invested in this technology have done so with great success. This white paper describes the benefits and advantages of using industrial robots with image processing in the photovoltaic industry.