TECHTalk April 2017

April 2017 Newsletter



Dynavac Strengthens Team with Chandrasekaran as Director of Technology

Dynavac, Hingham, Mass., a global leader in high vacuum systems, announced the addition of Ramya Chandrasekaran, Ph.D., as Director of Technology to bolster new product development and provide innovative solutions for its growing customer base. She brings valuable experience in process-driven design and manufacturing of ultra-high vacuum deposition and etching systems serving a variety of markets including semiconductor and solar industries.


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Fil-Tech Inc. Supplies Liquid Plating Crystals and Vacuum Measurement Quartz Crystals

Fil-Tech has a new logo! Visit their website and 2016 Catalog to find savings on Quality Crystals® 6MHz, Liquid Plating Crystals, sensor heads and feedthroughs, FT704 fluid, electron beam gun and ion source parts, and vacuum measurement gauges.


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INFICON had a Strong Fourth Quarter – Full-year 2016 with Significant Sales and Earnings Growth

With sales of USD 86.2 million, INFICON (SIX Swiss Exchange: IFCN) achieved in the last quarter of 2016 its second best quarterly sales result ever.


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And the High Volume Manufacturing Award goes to...Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology!

Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology received the High Volume Manufacturing Award at the annual CS Industry Awards on March 7 in Brussels. The award highlights the company’s development of SiC plasma etch processes, delivered through the company’s own PlasmaPro100 Polaris system.


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Anderson Dahlen Collaborates with Argonne National Laboratory for the Design-and-Build of a Helical Superconducting Undulator Cryostat

Anderson Dahlen Inc. was awarded a build-to-specification contract for the latest Helical Superconducting Undulator (HSCU) cryostat consisting of a vacuum vessel, thermal shield, and ASME code stamped liquid helium reservoir. In addition to the vacuum requirements for the vessel and shield, ADI was also required to design and certify the liquid helium reservoir in accordance with ASME Section IX of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code for cryogenic applications. Throughout the entire process, ADI provided a single point-of-contact and bi-weekly progress reports and schedule updates. The fully assembled cryostat is scheduled to enter service on the APS ring by December of 2017.


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Materion Completes Heraeus Target Materials Acquistion

Materion Corp. recently completed the acquisition of the target materials business of the Heraeus Group, of Hanau, Germany. The transaction strengthens Materion’s position in precious and non-precious target materials for the architectural and automotive glass, photovoltaic, display and semiconductor markets, and it expands target manufacturing capability in Europe and Asia, in addition to the U.S.


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BOBST Integrated AlOx Solution helps Covinil to Enter New Markets

Covinil, a well-established converter based in Spain, is the first company to invest in the new BOBST Integrated Solution for the conversion of AlOx high barrier transparent films. Covinil chose BOBST due to their reputation for leading innovations in the field of vacuum metallization and its process know-how.


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Denton Vacuum Hires New Product Manager

Denton Vacuum welcomes David Douglass, Ph.D., as new Global Product Manager. David brings some 20 years’ senior-level technical marketing and management experience in bringing new products and technologies to market.


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Intlvac Develops New Process Recipes for its PECVD Diamond-Like Coating Machine

Taking advantage of its knowledge in plasma‐based processing and thin film fabrication, Intlvac supplies turnkey Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating machines. Our DLC machine employs chemical vapor deposition technology, however we have enhanced the reaction kinetics by incorporating plasma activation.


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Solayer GmbH – Live demo of FLA technology

At LOPEC in Munich, Solayer successfully demonstrated Flash Lamp Annealing (FLA) for flexible devices. At SVC TechCon 2017, please visit booth # 830 to see LowTemp ITO samples cured by FLA that show significant improvement in optical and electrical properties.


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Pfeiffer Vacuum Acquires Advanced Test Concepts

Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG has acquired Advanced Test Concepts Inc. (ATC Inc.), which is based in Indianapolis, Ind. The company produces pressure leak testing products, based on patented Micro-Flow technology.


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Vacuum Technology Driving Hyperloop Forward – MDC & ISI Sponsor UW-Madison BadgerLoop Team in SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

MDC was recently approached by the University of Wisconsin–Madison BadgerLoop hyperloop pod team with a sponsorship opportunity. MDC Vacuum Products, LLC and our Insulator Seal (ISI™) division, were thrilled to donate the components the team needed. MDC’s contribution provided BadgerLoop with the means to create a versatile vacuum testing environment, in which they could verify the operation of their pod’s numerous power system components in a vacuum.


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VTI’s Dr. Michael Brazil to discuss Reactive Magnetron Sputtering at SVC TECHCON 2017

Michael Brazil, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at Vergason Technology, Inc. will be presenting a paper on “Reactive Magnetron Sputtered ZrCN Decorative Films for Plastic Substrates”. Dr. Brazil will report experimental results of depositing ZrCN from a magnetron sputtering system without substrate bias, and staying within the thermal limits of a plastic substrate. He will share his findings on the relationship between color and abrasion resistance, especially for dark reflection levels. You can hear Dr. Brazil’s presentation on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 3:20 p.m.


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Telemark Announces the Addition of Joshua Gurian, Ph.D.

Josh Gurian joins Telemark to enhance their process engineering and technical product development groups. Dr. Gurian earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Virginia, specializing in light-matter interaction. His scientific knowledge and experience in thin film processes and ion source technology brings a valuable level of expertise to the design and qualification of Telemarks’ products.


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Wilmert De Bosscher of Soleras Elected Director of SVC Board

Wilmert De Bosscher, Chief Technology Officer of Soleras Advanced Coatings, was selected by the electorate of the Society of Vacuum Coaters to serve as director of the SVC Board for the 2017 – 2020 term.


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Reliable Announces the Opening of its New Expansion Facility

Reliable Corporation announces the opening of its new expansion facility. The new building will offer increased manufacturing and office space for both the Reliable Technical Materials and Reliable Silver business segments.


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Global MEMS Manufacturer Selects ULVAC

ULVAC is delivering an ENVIRO-1Xa advanced plasma ashing system for running critical low-temp descum processes and high-temp bulk photoresist strip processes.


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SVC Blog


Good Customer Service

Someone once said “I don’t know art, but I know what I like.” I think the same goes for good customer service in our industry. As the products become harder to differentiate, less tangible goods and services separate the leaders from the rest of the pack. Assistance in both the pre- and post-sale of a product bring an improved buying experience, better application knowledge, and optimum usage of the performance and features of the product. So what are some of these things that vacuum companies do for buyers to take advantage of when seeking a new piece of equipment?


Blog post by:

Gerry Bergeron,

Edwards Vacuum, Inc. 

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SVC Spotlight


Meet Robert Sargent, Director of Next Generation Product R&D, Viavi Solutions, Santa Rosa, Calif.



SVC Board Member


Robert joined the SVC in 1993. He has been an Optical TAC co-chair since 2013 and also is currently serving as an SVC Board Member. He is the instructor for an introductory-level course on optical coating design for SVC. This course will be offered again at the 2017 TechCon. Robert currently leads the Next Generation Products R&D team at Viavi Solutions. This team develops new optical coatings and pigment products for high-performance filtering and document security applications. He received his B.A. in physics from UC Berkeley and his M.S. and Ph.D. in optical sciences from the University of Arizona. Robert is also a member of the Optical Society of America, and will be the Program Chair for the Optical Interference Coatings Conference to be held in Albuquerque in 2019.

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Fil-Tech Inc. Has a New Logo and Launches New Website and Product Catalog

Fil-Tech Inc. announces it new logo for 2017. Our new and modern, user-friendly website provides a convenient product catalog search for Quality Crystals® 6MHz, Liquid Plating Crystals, sensor heads and feedthroughs, FT704 fluid, electron beam gun and ion source parts, and vacuum measurement gauges.


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Materion’s Silver Rotatable Sputtering Targets

Materion Advanced Materials produces customized rotatable targets in silver, as well as a comprehensive range of precious and non-precious materials and alloys, for multiple large area coating applications. We are a recognized leader in the development and manufacture of high quality cylindrical sputtering targets that ensure uniform coverage, consistent process performance and longer life. 


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Gravure Innovation and Sustainability to take Center Stage at Bobst Italia’s May Event

Extending the scope, new technology for gravure, is the apt title for the technology forum and open house event that will take place at Bobst Italia, in San Giorgio Monferrato, Italy, on 11 – 12 May 2017. Hosted in the Competence Center of Bobst’s Center of Excellence for web-fed gravure, lamination and coating technologies, the event will be the first formal demonstration of Bobst’s new gravure printing platforms unveiled at drupa 2016.


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Denton Vacuum Evaporation Tool: Enabling Technology for Indium Coating and Precision Optics

Whether investigating or manufacturing — Denton Vacuum’s Integrity evaporation deposition system delivers consistent, repeatable, enabling results through wide process capability, ease-of-use, and superior reliability and support.


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Intlvac’s Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) for Diamond-Like Carbon System (DLC)

The PECVD for DLC system is fully automated using Intlvac’s AUTOSYS Control System with touchscreen interface; the standard on all Intlvac systems. This software package provides a simple, yet comprehensive graphical interface to all aspects of your system.


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Anderson Dahlen Vacuum Division Adds Motion, Manipulation, and Sample Transfer Mechanisms

You can now integrate basic to complex motion, manipulation, and sample transfer mechanisms to suit custom chamber geometries working under HV/UHV/XHV with the Anderson Dahlen Applied Vacuum Division.


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Solayer’s Customized System Solutions Offer Competitive Benefits to Customer

Solayer offers a field-proven end-to-end service for the development and realization of tailored vacuum coating equipment for any specific application. To enable economical and technical production advantages, it is necessary to use unique customized systems.


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Pfeiffer Vacuum Cubical Chambers

Pfeiffer Vacuum Standard Cubical Chambers are available in 12” and 20” inside dimensions with a very fast turn-around time. The customer selects the port size and locations to meet their needs. Larger custom sizes are also available.


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Telemark Self Sealing Electron Beam Source Covers (lift top)

In electron beam thin film applications where material purity and cross contamination are a concern, the Telemark Self Sealing Cover upgrade is advantageous. Telemarks’ unique all mechanical design provides reliable sealing performance without requiring in-vacuum motors or pneumatics.


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MDC Spherical UHV Chamber – Progressing Fusion Energy Science at the University of Washington

MDC Vacuum Products, LLC, recently had the opportunity to design and manufacture a 60” spherical ultra-high vacuum chamber for Professor Setthivoine You and his team of researchers at the University of Washington. This exciting and challenging manufacturing job allowed MDC to contribute to new and important research to simulate an accretion disk and astrophysical jet in the ultra-high vacuum chamber in order and study the properties of plasma and magnetic fields.


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Vergason Technology Inc. SuperChrome® Update

The first SC660 SuperChrome® System, recently sold to a Tier 2 European automotive customer, has been installed and is fully operational. The SC660 system features a large coating zone, (660mm diameter by 1220mm tall) and is designed to integrate with VTI’s SuperChrome® PVD Coating, a new coating that offers all of the benefits of decorative chrome plating without the harmful hexavalent chromium (CR +6) compounds. SuperChrome® has a rich chrome appearance and does not require a top coat. It has met or exceeded the demands of the interior and exterior automotive standards in Europe, while significantly outperforming traditional chrome plating in the Russian Mud Test.


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Industrial Vacuum Pumps from ULVAC

The ULVAC VS650A/750A is a robust, install-anywhere industrial vacuum pump with speeds up to 750 m3/h. Designed for low-vibration operation, these pumps feature air or water cooling for added convenience. Contact Ulvac Technologies at 978.686.7550,, and


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