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 Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL) R2R Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC

Come say hello to Intellivation at the 2019 Association of International Metallizers, 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

Intellivation exhibits at the 40th Annual Northern California Chapter AVS (NCCAVS) Equipment Exhibition in San Jose, California

Intellivation exhibits at the 40th Annual Northern California Chapter AVS (NCCAVS) Equipment Exhibition in San Jose, California. Visit the Intellivation booth to learn more about the latest innovations in roll to roll magnetron sputtering technology and equipment for use in today’s demanding applications including high throughput hybrid flexible electronics manufacturing equipment.

Mike Simmons Presents at the 2018 AIMCAL R2R Conference on Coating Properties Deposited by High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering

Intellivation President Mike Simmons and GP Plasma President Frank Papa Present at the 2018 AIMCAL R2R Conference, giving a paper entitled Coating Properties of Cu and TiO2 on Polymer Web Deposited by High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering With and Without Positive Voltage Reversal and Pulsed DC

The full abstract of the presentation is:

Improving the coating properties such as sheet resistance for copper and the index of refraction and structure for TiO2 are an important topic for low temperature coating on polymer web. Both types of coatings can be deposited by pulsed DC, but little can be done to influence the material properties as the energy of the deposited species is relatively low (around 5 eV). HIPIMS has been shown to increase both the ion fraction and energy of the sputtered species. Ion fractions range from 10-90% depending on the target material and the energy of both gas and metal ions can reach up to 50eV. By adding a positive voltage reversal pulse adjacent to the negative sputtering pulse, the metal and gas ions can be accelerated towards the substrate to influence the coating properties. This repulsion of ions from the target during the positive reversal pulse also results in an increase in deposition rate of up to 30% over conventional HIPIMS sputtering. In this study, we will examine thermal loading and deposition rate as well as the optical, electrical and morphologic properties of Cu and TiO2. All experiments are carried out on an industrial web coater.

Authors: Frank Papa, Mike Simmons, Ivan Fernandez Martinez

Presenters: Frank Papa, Mike Simmons

Intellivation exhibits at the 2018 Association of International Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL) R2R Conference in Phoenix, AZ

Intellivation exhibits at the 2018 Association of International Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL) R2R Conference in Phoenix Arizona. Intellivation president Mike Simmons serves as the AIMCAL Vacuum Web Coating committee co-chair to help seek out the best technical papers in emerging technology areas such as thin film batteries, roll to roll optical coatings, flexible electronics manufacturing, 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 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 reel to reel vacuum deposition equipment for Production, Pilot, and R&D, and our on-site thin film coating development laboratory.