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

Achieving Repeatability in High-Volume Manufacturing

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Repeatability is a key factor in any production process. Along with uniformity, it ultimately determines the yield of any thin film deposition process. When designing a thin film system configuration for high-volume manufacturing, repeatability becomes especially paramount. Why is Repeatability Important? Accuracy (hitting the middle of a spec) and precision (repeatable results) are the two… Read More

Thin Film Considerations for High-Volume Manufacturing

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To scale smoothly into high-volume manufacturing, you need to be prepared to meet higher throughput requirements without impacting your process control. This means investing in the right thin film system configuration to meet your demanding throughput needs. Factors to Consider When selecting a thin film deposition system for high-volume production, there are a number of… Read More

Weighing the Benefits of Sputtering vs. Evaporation

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When comparing the four main types of physical vapor deposition (PVD) for thin films, it is important to know the benefits and drawbacks of each before you decide which method will best suit your application. PVD can occur through sputtering (magnetron or ion beam), which utilizes energetic ions colliding with a target to eject (or… Read More

Opto-Electronics Market Trends to Expect in 2019

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As demand for popular consumer electronics and next-generation technologies has risen over the years, the opto-electronics market has grown with it. Despite global trade tension and tariffs creating challenges in this space, companies are still expecting to generate revenue growth in 2019. Cree, Inc., cited these challenges as “headwinds” in their first-quarter 2019 earnings report,… Read More