3 Trends to Look For at Laser Munich 2019

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The bi-annual LASER World of PHOTONICS show is coming up at the end of the month in Munich, Germany, and there are sure to be plenty of new technologies and emerging applications on display, as well as further developments for mature applications. Here are some of the trends you can expect to hear more about… Read More

Thin Film Components of RF Filters

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There are two types of acoustic wave components that play a role in RF filter technologies: surface acoustic wave (SAW) and BAW (bulk acoustic wave). They are both important devices for filtering and amplifying RF signals in many applications using wireless communication, and a repeatable, high-vacuum thin film coating process is needed to ensure good… Read More

SVC TechCon 2019: Trends and Takeaways

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Last month, the Society of Vacuum Coaters held its annual TechCon in California. We learned about new developments in thin film deposition and the trends that are driving the industry. Our team also had the opportunity to present some research and unveil a new product. Denton Vacuum at SVC TechCon Our own Craig Outten, Senior… Read More

What Drives Cost of Ownership?

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Cost of ownership (COO) is one of the key factors that decides the viability of any capital equipment purchase, and the need to lower total factory cost of ownership is often what guides many business decisions. So, what drives a lower COO, and how can you achieve that without sacrificing on system performance? Let’s look… Read More

Increasing Throughput in Sputtering and Evaporation

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As integral as throughput is when it comes to meeting production needs, there is no single answer for improving throughput, especially across different deposition methods. With both evaporation and magnetron sputtering, there are a number of factors you need to consider in order to raise your total throughput. Improving Throughput in Magnetron Sputtering With a… Read More

How Can You Improve Factory Output in Thin Film Deposition?

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Factory output is one of the most critical factors affecting overall production performance. Whether you’re manufacturing for high or low volume applications, you need to be able to meet production needs in the most cost-effective way possible, and scale into higher production when needed. Finding ways to raise your factory output, or net yielded throughput,… Read More

Understanding Thin Film Deposition Software Needs

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In any thin film deposition process, software is required to run the system and record data from each run. Software also helps process engineers monitor feedback from in-situ controls and make other adjustments inside the system during deposition. But not all deposition equipment software is scalable for high-volume production. More basic software is perfectly suitable… Read More

What are the Benefits of Oxide Films?

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Oxide thin film coatings have a number of different uses, including optical and semiconductor applications. For these thin films, hitting the right specs is absolutely critical to performance. When those specs are reached with the right thin film deposition process, oxide films provide a variety of benefits. Benefits and Uses for Oxide Films In optics,… Read More

What to Expect in the Laser Market in 2019

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Laser applications may see weak growth in revenues in 2019, but there are still a few areas that are expected to pace the industry. Here’s a breakdown of the factors at play for manufacturers in 2019. Market Risks The laser market is not immune to the blowback from tariffs that’s currently plaguing many global and… Read More

Minimizing Cost for Thickness Uniformity

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Thin film thickness uniformity is one of the main components of yield. Parts coated with a film that is outside the limits will need to be either reworked or scrapped. However, it is important not to over-specify the uniformity. If your design demands +/-5% uniformity and you specify +/-2% because it is “better”, you will… Read More