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Intellivation Celebrates 1st Anniversary in New State of the Art Facility in Loveland CO

Intellivation Celebrates 1st Anniversary in New State of the Art Facility in Loveland CO

Manufacturing R2R Vacuum Web Coating Systems with Dedicated Lab Provides Unique Process Development Capabilities

Loveland CO, May 28, 2021: Intellivation LLC, a leading manufacturer of innovative & versatile thin film coating equipment and components for vacuum deposition on roll-to-roll substrates, celebrates their one-year anniversary in their new state-of-the-art facility in Loveland CO.  The 21,000 ft2 site allows for multiple projects to be managed simultaneously and has a new dedicated Lab for product development including unique vacuum deposition and web handling capabilities with thin film analysis.

“We are so proud of our team for facilitating the relocation during the pandemic.  They worked diligently and efficiently, we did not have any delays in customer orders or commitments and we were up and running in 7 days.  This was due to the dedication and expertise of our team.”  says Mike Simmons, CEO of Intellivation. “The ability to design and build a facility to our specific needs has created an environment for product and process development for thin film vacuum coatings. Our Lab tool is uniquely configurable, and we have a very wide range of deposition sources and materials in-house.  All of the work we do in the Lab is directly transferable to production tools which we can concurrently manufacture to deliver the same performance demonstrated in the Lab.”

Intellivation’s R2R Series vacuum web coating systems have a compact and ergonomic design for coating flexible polymer, ceramic, and glass substrates and metal foils with a wide range of thin film materials. The Application Lab is equipped with a R2R330 for process development.   “Although onsite visits were significantly limited during the past year, the current feedback that access to a robust R2R vacuum web coating tool platform in the US, with our deposition technologies, in-house process expertise and onsite characterization equipment, is truly unique and beneficial.  It enables rapid process and product development and accelerates new product launches by reducing time to market” says Mike.  “We look forward to hosting more customers and taking on new challenges here.”

For more information: info@intelli-vation.com or www.intellivation.com

Intellivation attends 2020 Assocation of Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators R2R Conference in Orlando, FL

Come say hello to Intellivation at the 2020 Association of International Metalizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL) R2R Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Intellivation president Mike Simmons serves as the AIMCAL Vacuum Web Coating committee co-chair to help seek out the best technical papers in emerging roll to roll vacuum web coating technology areas such as hybrid flexible electronics manufacturing technology, thin film batteries, roll to roll optical coatings, large area roll to roll sputter deposition, and flexible medical devices, in order to put on a strong technical program in the vacuum web coating technology track.

Please visit the conference to learn more about these exciting technology areas, and while you are here visit the Intellivation exhibit to learn more about our high utilization planar magnetrons for PVD sputtering, reel to reel vacuum deposition equipment for Production, Pilot, and R&D, large area PVD coating systems, and our on-site thin film coating development laboratory.

Intellivation exhibits at the 2020 Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC) Techcon in Chicago, IL

Intellivation exhibits at the 2020 Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC) TechCon in Chicago, Illinois.

Visit our booth to discuss the latest innovations in high volume manufacturing of roll to roll sputtered films and high utilization linear magnetrons.

We’d also love to tell you about our state of the art roll to roll thin film coating development application lab, where we can help you develop your next product and prove the performance before investing in your own piece of roll to roll thin film coating equipment.

Intellivation exhibits at the 41st Annual Northern California Chapter AVS (NCCAVS Equipment Exhibition in San Jose, CA

Intellivation exhibits at the 41st Annual Northern California Chapter AVS (NCCAVS) Equipment Exhibition in San Jose, California, held in conjunction with the NCCAVS 2020 Technical Symposium on “The Quantum World” and the 9th Annual NCCAVS Student Poster Session.

Visit the Intellivation booth to learn more about our high utilization planar magnetron cathodes, compact roll to roll sputtering systems, large area vacuum web coating equipment, the latest innovations in substrate pretreatment to promote thin film adhesion, and the Intellivation thin film vacuum coating development application lab, where we can help you bring prove out your new ideas for new coating technologies prior to investing in your own roll to roll coating system.

Mike Simmons Presents on transparent ultra-barriers at 2019 AIMCAL R2R Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC

Mike Simmons presents a technical paper on transparent ultra-barrier coatings based on work performed in the Intellivation Roll to Roll Thin Film Coating Development Laboratory. Visit the 2019 AIMCAL R2R Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, to learn more about this exciting development in roll to roll PVD coating of transparent ultra-barrier films for leading edge applications including encapsulation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays and high efficiency solar cell encapsulation.

The technical paper on roll to roll production of transparent ultra-barriers via magnetron sputtering is entitled:
Coating Properties of Transparent Ultra-Barrier Films on PET Web via High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS) with Positive Voltage Reversal

The full abstract is:
As industries such as wearable devices and flexible electronics develop, new technologies are required in order to deposit high quality barrier coatings on insulating and temperature sensitive substrates and organic layers. Roll to roll web coating is frequently used to deposit coatings on polymer webs. High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS) has shown many advantages over conventional magnetron sputtering which is commonly used to deposit metals, metal nitrides and metal oxides on polymer webs. With HIPIMS, a fraction of the target material will be ionized while the ion energy distribution function will shift to energies about 10 times greater than those for DC discharges. However, this increase in ionization and energy will give only modest changes in coating properties on an unbiased substrate. With the addition of a positive voltage reversal pulse adjacent to the negative HIPIMS sputtering pulse, these ions can be accelerated towards the substrate providing energy for film nucleation and densification. In this study, an industrial scale (330 mm wide web) web coater was used to deposit barrier coatings on PET at room temperature, and the barrier performance of the HIPIMS films is compared to films deposited by convention means.

Authors: Mike Simmons, Frank Papa, Ivan Fernandez Martinez, Mark George, Rex Chang, Jason Bloking, Marty Rosenblum

Presenter: Mike Simmons

Visit Intellivation at the 2019 Association of International Metalizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL) R2R Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC

Come say hello to Intellivation at the 2019 Association of International Metalizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL) R2R Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Intellivation president Mike Simmons serves as the AIMCAL Vacuum Web Coating committee co-chair to help seek out the best technical papers in emerging roll to roll PVD technology areas such as hybrid flexible electronics manufacturing technology, thin film batteries, roll to roll optical coatings, large area roll to roll sputter deposition, and flexible medical devices, in order to put on a strong technical program in the vacuum web coating technology track.

Please visit the conference to learn more about these exciting technology areas, and while you are here visit the Intellivation exhibit to learn more about our high utilization planar magnetrons for PVD sputtering, reel to reel vacuum deposition equipment for Production, Pilot, and R&D, large area PVD coating systems, and our on-site thin film coating development laboratory.

Intellivation exhibits at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Chapter AVS (RMCAVS) Annual Symposium

Intellivation exhibits at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Chapter AVS (RMCAVS) Annual Symposium. Intellivation President Mike Simmons has served on the board of RMCAVS since 2013. Stop by the Intellivation exhibit to learn about the latest innovations in roll to roll vacuum coating equipment technology, high utilization sputter magnetrons, substrate pretreatments including glow discharge sources, and the latest happenings in the Intellivation roll to roll thin film deposition application lab.

Mike Simmons presents on In-House Application Lab work for Transparent Ultrabarrier films and High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS)

Intellivation President Mike Simmons presents on work recently completed in the Intellivation Application Lab relating to Transparent Ultrabarrier films and High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS). The presentation title is:
Improved coating properties of Cu and TiO2 coatings on PET web via High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS) with positive voltage reversal.

The full abstract is:

As industries such as wearable devices and flexible electronics develop, new technologies are required in order to deposit high quality coatings on insulating and temperature sensitive substrates. Roll to roll web coating is frequently used to deposit coatings on polymer and glass web. High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS) has shown many advantages over conventional magnetron sputtering which is commonly used to deposit metals, metal nitrides and metal oxides on polymer web. With HIPIMS, a fraction of the target material will be ionized while the ion energy distribution function will shift to energies about 10 times greater than those for DC discharges. However, this increase in ionization and energy will give only modest changes in coating properties on an unbiased substrate. With the addition of a positive voltage reversal pulse adjacent to the negative HIPIMS sputtering pulse, these ions can be accelerated towards the substrate providing energy for film nucleation and densification. In this study, an industrial scale (330 mm wide web) web coater was used to deposit TiO2 and Cu coatings as well as other metal nitride and metal oxide coatings on PET at room temperature. Increases in film density and changes in grain size can be clearly seen compared to DC or pulsed DC sputtering. The effect on the index of refraction, extinction coefficient and barrier properties are also investigated.

Authors: Mike Simmons, Frank Papa, Ivan Fernandez Martinez, Ambiorn Wennberg

Presenter: Mike Simmons