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news digest ♦ Equipment and Materials NANEO extends production


capacity with Veeco IBD tool The SPECTOR system will be used to produce high quality optical products such as lasers and those used in Raman spectroscopy, telecommunications, and aerospace


NANEO Precision IBS Coatings GmbH, an optical coatings company located in Rheinbreitbach, Germany, has recently ordered a Veeco SPECTOR Ion Beam Deposition (IBD) System.


The SPECTOR system will be used to produce high quality optics in a broad range of applications including ultrafast optics, high power lasers, Raman spectroscopy, telecommunications, and aerospace.


SEMI-GAS Systems upgrades GSM controller for safer


MOCVD growth The new semi-automatic Megaturion Bulk Valve Manifold Box safely and continuously distributes hazardous process gases as needed, in high flow semiconductor and LED manufacturing applications


SEMI-GAS Systems, a supplier of ultra-high purity gas source and distribution systems, recently updated the GigaGuard GSM (gas safety monitor) controller on its Megaturion Bulk Valve Manifold Box (VMB).


GSM (Gas Safety Monitor) Front View


The new controller is easier to use and provides additional safety features to the system.


SPECTOR IBD Optical Coating System


Daniel Kopf, Chief Executive Officer at NANEO, comments, “Veeco’s SPECTOR IBD system allows us the process flexibility needed to meet growing demand for our high precision optics providing excellent precision and uniformity, lowest loss and high laser damage threshold. Veeco’s reliable platform makes them an ideal partner as we ramp production.”


James Northup, Veeco’s Vice President and General Manager, comments, “We are pleased NANEO chose our system for their manufacturing expansion. The SPECTOR IBD Optical Coating System enables users to manufacture the highest precision and quality films meeting the performance requirements for virtually every optical thin film coating application. We look forward to providing excellent support and service to the NANEO team as they increase production.”


NANEO specialises in the production of custom made precision optical coatings for high end applications in the laser and photonics industry. The company produces high precision coatings for applications in the fields of high power lasers, high power beam combination, ultrafast lasers, optical measurement systems, telecommunications, aerospace and scientific research.


The upgraded GigaGuard GSM controller, which supersedes the GSM 1 x 4, is PLC based and features a modern 4.3” colour touch screen. A user-friendly software design features intuitive prompts and alarms, which help to reduce operator error and increase safety.


With the upgraded controller, operators now have the ability to configure both inputs and outputs as well as adjust set points and limits, making the system more adaptable than the previous GSM 1 x 4 controller.


What’s more, the GigaGuard GSM independently operates ESO valves, monitors both analogue and digital process sensors, displays delivery pressures and continuously monitors the system environment for hazards while maintaining an active alarm log. To further improve operational safety, the controller incorporates local and remote system shutdown capabilities in the event of a system trip.


Available in 4, 6 and 8 stick configurations as well as in customised designs, the semi-automatic Megaturion VMB safely and continuously distributes hazardous process gases from the source to various tools and points of use, as needed, in high flow semiconductor and LED manufacturing applications.


The GSM enclosure is constructed of welded 16 Ga steel. The flip-down door provides easy access to the system components, including the Siemens S7-1200 series PLC.


132 www.compoundsemiconductor.net March 2013


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