Sunday, March 23, 2014

Colnatec Raises Bar For Thin Film Process Control

Rackmount controller tackles competition with temperature measurement feature at fraction of prevailing cost.
Expanding its portfolio of high-precision, thin film measurement and control devices, Colnatec recently announced the debut of a touchscreen-based controller that unites the precision and dependability of its Eon™ series of PC-based monitors and controllers with the modular efficiency of rackmount instrumentation.
As with the Eon™ and Eon-LT™, the Millennium™ controller provides a simple yet comprehensive solution for users requiring a thin film controller that integrates neatly into a rackmounted system.
"The Millennium™ is the natural result of the type of cost-conscious, flexible engineering for which Colnatec has distinguished itself in the industry,” said Scott Grimshaw, Colnatec’s CTO. “We’ve identified a growing demand for a thin film controller that is designed to conform to a modular, rack-based system. With the Millennium™, you get form-fitting architecture imbued with cutting-edge control technology.”
Among its numerous features, the Millennium™ system offers an over-temperature detection function with relay triggers, input/output-programmability that gives the user full system control, and PC process creation via USB. Features are expandable to include additional components such as temperature control, an external power control, and additional sensor and I/O cards. Unlike the competition, however, Millennium incorporates Colnatec’s signature temperature measurement function, which enables users greater control and stability in their deposition process.
“We’ve spent three years factoring high temperature and temperature control into our process control monitors,” noted Colnatec CEO Wendy Jameson. “It is unparalleled in the film thickness monitoring industry, and is especially beneficial to users in atomic layer deposition (ALD), optics, OLED, and any other process that requires precision control over very thin layers, especially at temperatures over 100°C. Even better, we offer all the features of our competitors—plus a few more—at about one-third the cost.”
About Colnatec – An energetic, young industry upstart launched in 2009, Colnatec has established new industry standards in the design, development, and manufacturing of innovative, high-performance sensors and electronic instrumentation used in the production of OLED flexible displays (cell phones, monitors) and lighting, optics, thin film solar cells, high-speed electrical devices, and semiconductor wafers. Through the use of patented and patent-pending technologies, researchers, manufacturers, and systembuilders are able to increase the conversion efficiency of photovoltaic films, reduce production and run times and costs, and improve overall performance - ultimately achieving higher yield. Colnatec is the holder of numerous patents, the recipient of Department of Energy Phase I and Phase II SBIR awards for a revolutionary sensor to be used in manufacturing CIGS solar cells, and one of eight winners of the Arizona Commerce Authority Innovation Challenge Grant Program for promoting innovation in the technology sector.

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