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Trade Offs: Understanding Parametrically

The term is common enough. We might hear "You need to consider the trade offs..." in a conversation regarding the architecture or detailed design of a piece of equipment or a building, or about a major life decision.


As a scientist, and a designer of things, there was a point where I started to think in terms of understanding the parameter space, as opposed to making my design work for the particular application.


Blog post by:
David Christie,
Advanced Energy Industries Inc.

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Toray Plastics (America) Inc. 

Toray Plastics (America) Launches Second Cogeneration Power Facility

North Kingstown, Rhode Island (October 15, 2014)--Toray Plastics (America), Inc., (, is now operating a second cogeneration system at its 70-acre North Kingstown, Rhode Island, campus. The new cogeneration system produces electricity and steam for the Torayfan® polypropylene film division and steam for the Lumirror® polyester film division. Link

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum Moves Offices in the Netherlands

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum celebrates the opening of the new sales and service office in the Netherlands. The former premises did not yield enough space for the growing local business and the new location in Utrecht offers better infrastructure and comfort. Link

Goodfellow Corporation

Phase 2 of Goodfellow / Sigma-Aldrich Distribution Agreement Now Complete

Coraopolis, PA ... October 21, 2014 ... Goodfellow, a leading supplier of metals and materials for research and industry, has announced that Phase 2 of an agreement reached earlier this year with Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, a leading life science and high-technology company, is now complete. As a result, all alloys and an extended range of pure metals available from Goodfellow are now also available through Sigma-Aldrich.  Link

BellowsTech, LLC 

BellowsTech Welcomes New Technical Support Engineer

(Ormond Beach, FL - November, 2104) - BellowsTech, the premiere U.S. manufacturer of edge welded metal bellows and bellows assemblies is pleased to announce that Mr. Jeffrey Haas has recently joined the company as a Technical Support Engineer. Link


Latest Developments in High Barrier Films and Short Run Gravure Printing Stir Participants' Interest at BOBST Event in Italy

BOBST addressed the latest trends in new barrier technologies and short run gravure printing at a conference and open house held on 28 and 29 October 2014 in S. Giorgio Monferrato, Italy. 150 guests attended the event, and heard about the latest developments from a line-up of speakers including BOBST experts and representatives of leading international companies from throughout the flexible packaging value chain.  Link

Indium Corporation

Indium Corporation VP of Technology to Present SMTA Webtorial

Indium Corporation's Dr. Ning-Cheng Lee, vice president of technology, will present two SMTA webtorials on Feb. 10 and 17. Dr. Lee's presentation, Electromigration-The Hurdle for Miniaturization and High Power Devices, discusses critical aspects regarding the electromigration of solder joints, including failure mechanisms, the effect of solder alloy composition, solder joint metallurgy and configuration, pad design and composition, current density, temperature, and current polarity.  Link

Pfeiffer Vacuum, Inc

New Pfeiffer Vacuum Online Experience

Pfeiffer Vacuum has launched its new vacuum solutions website. Users can discover the wide spectrum of products and their functions in a real-life and practical setting. Link

Oxford Instruments

Multiple Oxford Instruments systems facilitate a "New Era of Science" at CUNY, USA

07 January 2015: Leader in plasma etch and deposition processing systems Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, recently won an order from The City University of New York (CUNY) for its PlasmaPro® etch and deposition systems. "The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) will bring the University to a landmark moment in its decade-long, multi-billion-dollar commitment to becoming a national leader in visionary scientific research of vital, real-world consequence," says Vice Chancellor for Research Gillian Small. Link

Sputtering Components, Inc.

SCI Announces Modeling Capabilities and Services

January 7, 2015: Sputtering Components is pleased to announce that enhanced modeling tools are available as a free service for all SCI customers.  Link

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Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum  

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum Obtains Major Order for High-Performance Cryo Pumps

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum gained an order for the manufacturing of a batch of cryogenic vacuum pumps of the series COOLVAC 60.000 for the evacuation of space simulation chambers. These pumps with a flange diameter of 1.3 m and a pumping rate of 60,000 litres per second for nitrogen are being manufactured presently at the Dresden site.  Link
Hiden Analytical, Inc  

SIMS Surface Analysers with Potential

Secondary ion mass spectrometry(SIMS) is a versatile, highly sensitive technique for compositional analysis of surfaces from the atomic level through to depths of 100's of nanometres. Hiden Analytical extend their latest series of SIMS systems to offer the choice of equipment specification levels to suit a broad spread of budget capacities whilst maintaining the potential to subsequently expand to the top-level specificationLink

Indium Corporation  

Indium Corporation Features Heat-Spring® for LED Manufacturing at Strategies in Light 

Indium Corporation will feature Heat-Spring®, a compressible, recyclable, metal thermal interface material, at Strategies in Light, Feb. 24-26 in Las Vegas, Nev. The use of high-power LEDs is growing exponentially due to light quality, energy efficiency, and reliability. These attributes are directly related to design and assembly methods and materials. Link 

Kurt J. Lesker Company® 

New Kurt J. Lesker Company® Rotary Vane Pump

Jefferson Hills, PA.  The Kurt J. Lesker Company® is pleased to introduce our very own line of vacuum pumps.  KJLC-RV series are two-stage oil sealed rotary vane vacuum pumps offering: exceptional ultimate pressure, high pumping speed, low noise/ vibration levels, and excellent vapor handling capabilities.  Link


Application Note: Spectral Match Cut Points

The historical method of calling an end of a layer in optical coating was to monitor a wavelength and when a condition was met calling the end of the layer. As discussed in a previous application note the NVision optical monitor supports this method with good success. Link

Fil-Tech, Inc. 

Fil-Tech, Inc. Introduces New Instrumentation

Fil-Tech, Inc. introduces a magnetron power supply switch, which allows up to four sputter guns to be operated from one power supply with a touch screen interface on our Sputter Gun Switch SGS101. Link

Pfeiffer Vacuum

CombiLine Roots Pumping Stations

Pfeiffer Vacuum roots pumping stations combine conventional roots pumps with oil-lubricated rotary vane pumps. These pumping stations provide low end pressures coupled with high pumping speeds. Link

MKS Instruments, Inc. 

Granville-Phillips® Series 500 Cold Cathode Gauge

MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has introduced the Granville-Phillips® Series 500 Cold Cathode Gauge which sets a new accuracy standard (±10%) for wide pressure range CC gauges. Link

Optiforms, Inc. 

Specializing in Complex Thin-Film Coatings

Optiforms is an optical components manufacturer specializing in complex thin-film coatings applied to deep-dish optical surfaces. Learn more about our capabilities. Link


Open House at Bobst Bielefeld on February 25 - 26 2015


On February 25 - 26, Bobst Bielefeld will hold an open house in its Compentence Center in Bielefeld, Germany. Like at last year's open house in October, there will be both a print demonstration and speeches on process related topics to update visitors on the latest technological developments. The live demonstration will be focused on a BOBST F&K 20SIX CS model, flagship of the platform based F&K 20SIX series of CI flexo presses.  Link

Oxford Instruments

MEMS Applications and Systems: Enabling the Next Generation of Industrial and Consumer Products

Millions of MEMS devices are now embedded in products that we use daily. Using techniques including deep silicon etch, cryo etch, Bosch and ALD, Oxford Instruments versatile and high perfomance systems are designed to facilitate this MEMS revolutionLink to Our Video

Sputtering Components, Inc.

SCI Announces 2-Year Service Guarantee on MM External Endblocks

November 6, 2014: SCI is proud to announce that beginning November 1st, 2014 the 2-year Service Guarantee has been expanded to include the MM-Series external end block. The service guarantee, first introduced in May 2014, was offered on SCI's popular MC-Series internal end block.  Link

Midwest Tungsten Service, Inc.

Midwest Tungsten Service, Inc. Expanding its Inventory of Diffusion Pump Oil

We stock MT- 702, MT- 704, and MT- 705, Dow Corning equivalent oils.    We also stock Dow Corning High Vacuum Grease,  Boron Nitride and Graphite Release Agent Paints. Visit our NEW web-site for more information about diffusion pump oil and our other products. Link

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Michael Andreasen 

Meet Michael Andreasen, Managing Director of Vacuum Edge, VP and CTO of NeoGlass, both located in California.


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* Large Area Coatings
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Michael was born and educated in California, USA receiving a BS in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley.  For more than 30 years Michael has been involved in industrial and contract research, consulting and business development in the field of vacuum and non-vacuum thin film coatings, equipment, processes, applications and manufacturing.


Michael has been Large Area Coatings TAC Chair since 2001 and Treasurer of the SVC since 2004.

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