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Six Factors that Affect the Cost of a Thin Film Deposition System

Our customers use our custom thin film deposition coating tools for a wide range of applications from thin film lithium Ion batteries to combinatorial materials development, high temperature superconductors, semiconductor, optical, and tribological materials, etc. Although we divide our coating technologies into four categories—sputtering, evaporation, pulsed laser deposition (PLD), and chemical vapor deposition (CVD)—the range of features and combinations that we offer create an unlimited number of possible coating system configurations. The complex interconnection and dependencies among features make it impossible to determine a system's cost from a general description. That said, at a very simplistic level, there are six factors that have a high impact on the cost of a deposition tool. In no specific order, these are:
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Growth of High Quality Double-Sided YBCO on MgO Substrates for Microwave Applications

A customer approached PVD Products to develop a production-oriented tool to deposit high-quality Y1Ba2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thin films onto MgO substrates for microwave applications, specifically for microwave filters for cellular phone applications. Our team had to demonstrate our technology's capabilities that would produce the desired quality of the films. Films with a minimum quality as noted below had to be provided: 
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PVD Products Fills Leadership Positions to Support Growing Customer Base

Wilmington, MA (Sept. 25, 2017) – Over the last eight months, PVD Products has experienced a period of exponential growth, leading to several new hires. The company has recently hired an Operations Manager, Principal Engineer and Chief Technology Officer.
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Meet the Team: Bob Sumner, Materials Manager

PVD Products prides itself on its customer service—cultivating relationships with any type of person, whether that be an actual customer, supplier or industry colleague. There relationships are intended to go beyond the individual PVD Products contact to the company as a whole. We recently spoke with Bob Sumner, Materials Manager for PVD Products, who truly embodies this with an extensive history from the customer service, purchasing and manufacturing industry.
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Case Studies: Three Times Advanced Coating Experience Enabled Us to Upgrade Customers’ Existing Tools

At heart, we are a “scientist” company. Our team has a deep understanding of the underlying physics of material science, chemistry, optics, plasmas and electronics. That expertise is what allows us to develop our own components, such as our line of magnetrons, without waiting for the general coating industry to catch up with the latest science. That expertise also enables us to understand a customer’s needs at a fundamental scientific level so that we can develop individual solutions to address their technical challenges.
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Top Factors to Consider When Working with Dangerous Coating Materials

If your laboratory or manufacturing site anticipates working with toxic or highly reactive species, then thorough planning is required prior to purchasing and installing a thin film deposition tool. This planning should happen well before completing the instrument design, as it is difficult and expensive to retroactively address safety issues.
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Meet the Team: Clark Caplan, Software and Test Engineer

PVD Products is proud of the equipment we produce. But it’s our responsibility to have the users, whether they are in a research lab or production factory, really understand how to take care of and optimize the capabilities of these tools. That’s why we have Clark.
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Four Tips to Reduce the Cost of Your Custom R&D Deposition System

At a fundamental level, the specifications for a specific thin-film coating will drive the overall requirements for a vacuum deposition system. Wise choices early in the concept phase will reduce the overall cost of a coating system without sacrificing the throughput or film quality.
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The Right Tool for Every Job: Custom Design for R&D

By researchers, for researchers There’s nothing that fuels our team’s passion more than building a custom R&D system. Our extensive background in thin film coating allows us to fundamentally understand and support the deposition process for specific R&D applications in a way that standard capital equipment manufacturers cannot.
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