Friday, November 14, 2014

Colnatec Unveils All-Inclusive Thin Film Controller

Press Release 
Eon-ID™ an exceptional, affordable alternative to aging competitor models

Colnatec Eon-ID

Expanding its portfolio of high-precision, thin film measurement and control devices, Colnatec today announced the debut of a compact controller that unites the leading-edge technology of its Eon™ series of PC-based controllers with the modular efficiency of rackmount instrumentation.

With its integrated display, intuitive user interface, and durable architecture, Eon-ID™ offers a versatile design that adapts easily to a variety of settings - ranging from industrial to laboratory to clean room to research environments - matching or surpassing the capabilities of Inficon™ XTC/3™ and IC6™.

“We’ve identified a growing demand for a stand-alone thin film control solution that incorporates hardware, display, and software into a single enclosure,” said Colnatec CTO Scott Grimshaw. “In answering this demand, Eon-ID™ has exceeded our expectations. Making thin film control more accessible through affordability and efficiency of design, Eon-ID™ has the potential of not only broadening thin film science in general but driving thin film manufacturing opportunities into completely new and unexpected areas of industry.” 

Among its numerous features, Eon-ID™ offers the latest Eon Software™ interface, an integrated display allowing for a greater variety of settings and applications, rackmount capability, a temperature compensation system that maintains crystal to within +/- 1°C of preset temperatures, advanced technology that increases reliability and durability in industrial environments.

"Eon-ID™ employs the same temperature-centric technology used in our Eon™ and Eon-LT™ series controllers," noted Colnatec CEO Wendy Jameson. "Eon-ID™ will specifically benefit industries using atomic layer deposition (ALD), optics, OLED, and any other process that requires precision control over very thin layers, especially at temperatures higher than 100°C. Combining precision, simplicity, and cost effectiveness, Eon-ID™ represents nothing less than the state-of-the-art in thin film science."

Contact: :: +1 480-634-1449

Colnatec Eon-ID with Screen caps

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Have you heard about our new controller, Eon-ID?

Made specifically for the Chinese market, but directions in English, so perfect for multiple applications in every country. You're gonna love this.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thin Film Goliath Hypes ALD Sensor of Puny Capability

Have you heard the latest out of East Syracuse? Apparently Inficon wants to break into the thin film for ALD market. Their first attempt to enter this emerging market involves taking an old product - a bakeable sensor - and rechristening it the “ALD Sensor”.

Normally such an odd decision by a competitor would present little more than passing amusement in the hallways of Colnatec. After all, Inficon has traditionally devoted itself exclusively to stifling new technology and maintaining the status quo. So, we are left to wonder what prompted Inficon to make this move.

The only answer we could come up with is that this repurposed sensor is intended to directly mimic (albeit poorly) Colnatec’s exceptional line of ALD sensor technology; for the ALD Sensor employs concepts unmistakably similar to technology that Colnatec began manufacturing years ago.

Colnatec designs and manufactures the only technology of its kind, using a temperature-centric design approach that our friends at Inficon have forever dismissed as either "impossible" or "pointless". Now with the recent release of Inficon’s ALD Sensor - as imaginative in name as design (sarcasm) - we discover that Inficon is suddenly open to the "impossible" and the "pointless".

Perhaps Colnatec should be flattered that a technology Goliath like Inficon would seek to emulate the technology of a much smaller competitor. Or maybe this is a sly attempt at irony on the part of Inficon: Take an old product, call it a new product that has functionality similar to Colnatec products, and then use the product to try to eventually crowd Colnatec out of a niche market that Colnatec helped create.

A bit paranoid of us? When it comes to Inficon, we think not. Inficon has developed a reputation in the industry for buying technology in order to eliminate competing technologies. Technology they cannot buy, they marginalize and denounce. In these ways they’ve built a pseudo-monopoly in the thin film metrology market. This stale corporate recipe has enabled Inficon to successfully maintain a product line containing technology that was in use 50 years ago. And now they sell a “high temperature” ALD sensor - perhaps their most innovative piece of technology - as if it’s a new idea (let alone, their idea). Outrageous.

Colnatec was the first – and until now, the only – manufacturer of temperature-centric thin film sensors and control electronics. With years spent developing temperature-centric thin film sensors and control electronics, Colnatec in a sense has created solutions to problems that no one had yet conceived at the time. As the technology evolved, Colnatec engineers recognized that temperature is central to thin film science and that unless it has temperature tolerance, measurement, and control, a thin film sensor should probably be considered outdated, imprecise, and basically irrelevant.

One feature of a temperature-centric sensor, such as Inficon’s ALD Sensor, is the ability to withstand high temperatures. Inficon claims the ALD Sensor can operate at a temperature of 450°C. That may be true, but it’s worth noting that Inficon does not offer a crystal that can operate at those temperatures. As far as we know, Colnatec is the sole manufacturer of a crystal that can operate at 450°C. In fact, Colnatec makes a crystal and sensor that can operate at temperatures above 500°C.

Further, the list of what Colnatec technology can do that Inficon technology cannot do might as well be infinite, given this technology is designed to operate on the scale of nanometers (where precision is crucial and imprecision is unforgivable).

Here are some key differences between Colnatec and Inficon thin film sensors for ALD:

Colnatec™ Tempe™ SensorInficon™ ALD Sensor
Requires only ONE crystal for ALL Temperatures up to 500°CYesNo
High-Temp, Fail-Proof Contact SpringYesNo
Controls Temperature to +/- 1°CYesNo
In-Situ, Real-TimeYesYes
Crystal Can Be Used As Sample SubstrateYesNo
Self-Cleaning (Under 2 Minutes)YesNo
Air or Water-CooledYesNo
Fit(s) All Commercial ReactorsYesNo
Frequency vs. Temperature CorrectionYesNo
Responsive Customer ServiceYesNo
Noise above 50°CNoYes
Requires Back PurgeNoYes

Given these clear distinctions between products, all that remains to be seen is how much money Inficon intends to spend peddling its mocked-up “ALD” technology and whether the ALD industry will reward Inficon for its arrogant belief that people will purchase anything simply because it has the Inficon logo stamped on it.