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Reporting the latest news and press releases from the Vacuum Processing and related industries.

MKS Instruments: MKS Instruments Powers its Way to Market Share Gains in 2020

Growth Driven by Critical Technology in Vacuum Products, especially RF Power and Remote Plasma ANDOVER, Mass., April 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, today announced significant market share gains across a number of product categories in 2020, as recently reported by VLSI, an independent research and analytics firm.

Berkeley Lab: News Center To Design Truly Compostable Plastic, Scientists Take Cues From Nature

Despite our efforts to sort and recycle, less than 9% of plastic gets recycled in the U.S., and most ends up in landfill or the environment. Biodegradable plastic bags and containers could help, but if they’re not properly sorted, they can contaminate otherwise recyclable #1 and #2 plastics. What’s worse, most biodegradable plastics take months to break down, and when they finally do, they form microplastics – tiny bits of plastic that can end up in oceans and animals’ bodies – including our own.

Berkeley Lab: Scientist Q&A: The Molecular Imaging Behind COVID-19 Breakthroughs

It’s fair to say that before the COVID-19 pandemic, very few non-scientists could name a viral protein. But now, millions of people around the world can name the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, and a subset of those could probably even draw a good likeness of the spike-covered virus from memory. These nano-sized structures have received international attention because understanding how viral and immune system molecules look, at an atomic level, is the first step toward understanding how they function. And once we know how they function, we can develop vaccines and therapeutics.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Quantum computing enables simulations to unravel mysteries of magnetic materials

A multi-institutional team became the first to generate accurate results from materials science simulations on a quantum computer that can be verified with neutron scattering experiments and other practical techniques. Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Purdue University and D-Wave Systems harnessed the power of quantum annealing, a form of quantum computing, by embedding an existing model into a quantum computer.

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3D Systems: 3D Systems Announces Breakthrough in Bioprinting Technology and Expansion of Regenerative Medicine Initiative

ROCK HILL, South Carolina, January 27, 2021 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) today announced its decision to significantly expand its development efforts focused on regenerative medicine and bioprinting solutions. This decision was driven by the tremendous progress made in collaboration with United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ:UTHR) and its organ manufacturing and transplantation-focused subsidiary, Lung Biotechnology PBC, on the development of 3D printing systems for solid-organ scaffolds. Leveraging this work as well as accomplishments with additional partners, 3D Systems intends to invest, further develop, and commercialize solutions for the diverse application opportunities in regenerative medicine, including the development of non-solid organ applications requiring biologically sustainable vasculature.

Berkeley Lab: A New Way to Measure Record-Setting Electron Beams

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are figuring out new ways to accelerate electrons to record-high energies over record-short distances with a technique that uses laser pulses and exotic matter known as a plasma. But measuring the properties of the high-energy electron beams produced in laser-plasma acceleration experiments has proven challenging, as the high-intensity laser must be diverted without disrupting the electron beam.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Compelling evidence of neutrino process opens physics possibilities

The COHERENT particle physics experiment at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has firmly established the existence of a new kind of neutrino interaction. Because neutrinos are electrically neutral and interact only weakly with matter, the quest to observe this interaction drove advances in detector technology and has added new information to theories aiming to explain mysteries of the cosmos.

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Berkeley Lab: Study: X-Rays Surrounding ‘Magnificent 7’ May Be Traces of Sought-After Particle

A new study, led by a theoretical physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), suggests that never-before-observed particles called axions may be the source of unexplained, high-energy X-ray emissions surrounding a group of neutron stars. First theorized in the 1970s as part of a solution to a fundamental particle physics problem, axions are expected to be produced at the core of stars, and to convert into particles of light, called photons, in the presence of a magnetic field.

Berkeley Lab: News Center Building a Giant 2D Map of the Universe to Prepare for the Largest 3D Map

Before DESI, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, can begin its 5-year mission from an Arizona mountaintop to produce the largest 3D sky map yet, researchers first needed an even bigger 2D map of the universe. The 2D map, pieced together from 200,000 telescope images and several years of satellite data, lacks information about galaxy distances, and DESI will supply this and provide other useful details by measuring the color signatures and “redshift” of galaxies and quasars in its survey. Objects’ redder colors provide telltale information about their distance from Earth and about how quickly they are moving away from us – and this phenomenon is known as redshift.

Setvens Institute of Technology: Stevens Researchers Create Entangled Photons 100 Times More Efficiently Than Previously Possible

(Hoboken, N.J. – Dec. 17, 2020) -- Super-fast quantum computers and communication devices could revolutionize countless aspects of our lives — but first, researchers need a fast, efficient source of the entangled pairs of photons such systems use to transmit and manipulate information. Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have now done just that, creating a chip-based photon source 100 times more efficient than previously possible. The work brings massive quantum device integration within reach.

Fermilab: Fermilab and partners achieve sustained, high-fidelity quantum teleportation

A viable quantum internet — a network in which information stored in qubits is shared over long distances through entanglement — would transform the fields of data storage, precision sensing and computing, ushering in a new era of communication. This month, scientists at Fermilab, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory, and their partners took a significant step in the direction of realizing a quantum internet.

Ferrotec: Ferrotec Acquires MeiVac, Inc.

SANTA CLARA, CA, — December 08, 2020 — Ferrotec (USA) Corporation, the US subsidiary of Ferrotec Holdings Corp., a global supplier of materials, components, and precision system solutions, today announced that it has purchased MeiVac Incorporated. MeiVac brings more than 25 years of experience as an industry leader in providing high-quality thin-film manufacturing systems, components and process solutions. It is a multi-faceted supplier of standard and specialty vacuum processing systems and components used in multiple high technology production and development applications. MeiVac’s served markets include data storage, photonics, telecom and government/R&D, among others.

Berkeley Lab: News Center 90 Years of Neutrino Science

They come in three flavors and can transform among these different types as they travel. They pass through most matter undetected and uninterrupted. Tens of trillions of them are passing through your body in the time it takes to read this sentence. But don’t worry – they are harmless. They are produced by the sun, within the Earth, at nuclear reactors, by exploding stars, and by cosmic rays interacting with Earth’s atmosphere, among other sources.

Berkeley Labs: This Anti-COVID Mask Breaks the Mold

News Center This Anti-COVID Mask Breaks the Mold Scientists from Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have designed a rechargeable N95 mask with a custom fit News Release Theresa Duque (510) 495-2418 • December 9, 2020 Share2 Tweet Reddit Share 2 Shares In the fight against COVID-19, scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley are developing an N95 quality-assessment test; a rechargeable, reusable, anti-COVID N95 mask; and a 3D-printable silicon-cast mask mold. (Credit: Alexander Kirch/Shutterstock) In the early days of the pandemic, amidst all the uncertainty, one thing was for sure: N95 masks – the personal protective respiratory devices that filter out viruses, bacteria, and wildfire smoke – were in short supply. So when materials scientists Jeff Urban and Peter Hosemann heard that a local HMO needed advice on N95 alternatives, they immediately knew what to do: Make a better mask.

Berkeley Lab: News Center Microbe “Rewiring” Technique Promises a Boom in Biomanufacturing

Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have achieved unprecedented success in modifying a microbe to efficiently produce a compound of interest using a computational model and CRISPR-based gene editing. Their approach could dramatically speed up the research and development phase for new biomanufacturing processes, and get cutting-edge bio-based products such as sustainable fuels and plastic alternatives on the shelves faster.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Neutrons chart atomic map of COVID-19’s viral replication mechanism

To better understand how the novel coronavirus behaves and how it can be stopped, scientists have completed a three-dimensional map that reveals the location of every atom in an enzyme molecule critical to SARS-CoV-2 reproduction. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutron scattering to identify key information to improve the effectiveness of drug inhibitors designed to block the virus’s replication mechanism. The research is published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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Berkeley Lab: Scientists Capture Candid Snapshots of Electrons Harvesting Light at the Atomic Scale

In the search for clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels, one promising solution relies on photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells – water-splitting, artificial-photosynthesis devices that turn sunlight and water into solar fuels such as hydrogen. In just a decade, researchers in the field have achieved great progress in the development of PEC systems made of light-absorbing gold nanoparticles – tiny spheres just billionths of a meter in diameter – attached to a semiconductor film of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NP). But despite these advancements, researchers still struggle to make a device that can produce solar fuels on a commercial scale.

Advanced Energy: Advanced Energy Introduces Innovative, Five-Output Power Supply for Solar PV Manufacturing Industry

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 6, 2020-- Advanced Energy (Nasdaq: AEIS) – a global leader in highly engineered, precision power conversion, measurement and control solutions – today introduces its new industry-leading Ascent® MS multi-output power supply system. Designed to enable the lowest system and infrastructure costs in the industry for solar photovoltaic (PV) plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) systems, the Ascent MS builds on Advanced Energy’s long legacy of bringing power system innovation to the manufacturing of advanced solar cells.

Berkeley Lab: Machine Learning Takes on Synthetic Biology: Algorithms Can Bioengineer Cells for You

If you’ve eaten vegan burgers that taste like meat or used synthetic collagen in your beauty routine – both products that are “grown” in the lab – then you’ve benefited from synthetic biology. It’s a field rife with potential, as it allows scientists to design biological systems to specification, such as engineering a microbe to produce a cancer-fighting agent. Yet conventional methods of bioengineering are slow and laborious, with trial and error being the main approach.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: ORNL, DOE unveil new capabilities for advanced manufacturing recycling and autonomous vehicles

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Department of Energy officials dedicated the launch of two clean energy research initiatives that focus on the recycling and recovery of advanced manufacturing materials and on connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. Daniel R Simmons, DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, joined Moe Khaleel, ORNL’s deputy for projects, for ribbon cutting events at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and the National Transportation Research Center.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory: ORNL offers technical assistance to fight COVID-19 across the nation

Experts at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are now offering short-term technical and scientific assistance to entities working to combat the coronavirus through the COVID-19 Technical Assistance Program, or CTAP, an initiative of DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions. CTAP provides targeted funding to ORNL and other national laboratories to enable laboratory staff to assist United States-based institutions facing challenging technical hurdles as they seek solutions to the pandemic. The program creates a pathway for ORNL to offer technical services, analysis, testing and consulting on external projects related to COVID-19.

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Berkeley Lab: 2D Electronics Get an Atomic Tuneup

To tune the band gap, a key parameter in controlling the electrical conductivity and optical properties of semiconductors, researchers typically engineer alloys, a process in which two or more materials are combined to achieve properties that otherwise could not be achieved by a pristine material. But engineering band gaps of conventional semiconductors via alloying has often been a guessing game, because scientists have not had a technique to directly “see” whether the alloy’s atoms are arranged in a specific pattern, or randomly dispersed.

Berkeley Lab: News Center Some of America’s Favorite Produce Crops May Need to Get a Move On by 2045

Record drought and heat have some farmers worried about where and when crops can be grown in the future, even in California where unprecedented microclimate diversity creates ideal growing conditions for many of the most popular items in America’s grocery stores. A third of the vegetables and two-thirds of fruits and nuts consumed by Americans are now grown on more than 76,000 farms across the state, yet 20 years from now certain California regions may simply become too hot and dry for continued production.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Faster, more efficient energy storage could stem from holistic study of layered materials

A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory developed a novel, integrated approach to track energy-transporting ions within an ultra-thin material, which could unlock its energy storage potential leading toward faster charging, longer-lasting devices. Scientists have for a decade studied the energy-storing possibilities of an emerging class of two-dimensional materials – those constructed in layers that are only a few atoms thick – called MXenes, pronounced “max-eens.”

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Ancorp: Tom Bogdan Joins ANCORP as Vice President of Business Development

WILLISTON, FL – August 11, 2020 – Tom Bogdan joins the high vacuum product manufacturer, ANCORP (www.ancorp.com), as Vice President of Business Development. Tom brings over 32 years of experience in the vacuum industry to ANCORP, and he most recently served as the VP of Sales and Marketing at MDC Vacuum Products. While at MDC, Tom oversaw the sales objectives of all divisions within the company and, over the last several years, helped increase top-line sales by more than fifty percent. His extensive knowledge of the vacuum industry and strong background in fabrication makes him uniquely qualified to serve and support ANCORP’s growing customer base.

Telemark: New Model 862 Deposition Controller

Telemark's New Model 862 Deposition Controller builds on the success of the model 861 controller and the 851 monitor, by adding co-deposition, crystal averaging and a larger screen. Developing advanced coatings has never been easier with the 862 co-deposition control, with functionality for crystal averaging for up to four sensors at one time. Using proven, innovative crystal oscillator design to provide outstanding stability and noise immunity, the Model 862 operates with either 5 MHz or 6 MHz crystals. The 862 includes an extensive library of over 300 materials and allows for user definable materials. The easy to read Color LCD touch screen for graphical and numerical display has an intuitive and user-friendly operator interface. The Touch screen capabilities include In-process parameter modifications; Process and Layer editors; I/O status and control.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: ORNL-produced plutonium-238 to help power Perseverance on Mars

After its long journey to Mars beginning this summer, NASA’s Perseverance rover will be powered across the planet’s surface in part by plutonium produced at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “Mars 2020 will be the first NASA mission that uses ORNL-produced plutonium-238,” said Alan Icenhour, associate laboratory director for nuclear science and engineering at ORNL. “This accomplishment represents countless hours of work by dedicated ORNL staff, and it’s rewarding to see this work come to fruition. Helping NASA in its mission to Mars is a significant moment in the history of the lab.”

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Pfeiffer Vacuum: Pfeiffer Vacuum Celebrates 130 Years of Setting Vacuum Standards

Pfeiffer Vacuum has been setting standards in vacuum technology for 130 years. Science and industry have benefited equally from the numerous innovations developed and successfully brought to the market by this long-established company. The best example of this is the turbomolecular pump, which was developed by the company in 1958 and has been indispensable in the market ever since. Thanks to its expertise, Pfeiffer Vacuum is still the world market and technology leader in this field.

Berkeley Lab: News Center Clues to COVID-19 Treatments Could Be Hiding in Existing Data – These Scientists Want to Find Them

If you want to research historical events for a college essay, learn about tropical fish, or even translate text into a different language, you can type keywords into an internet search engine and get almost instant results drawn from diverse, international sources on that subject. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy for the scientist trying to find solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though researchers across the world have already amassed a wealth of information about the disease and continue to reveal new insights every day, this valuable data is stored in different digital libraries, organized in different structures, and written with different jargon. To get the most out of our collective COVID-19 knowledge, someone needs to collect it all in one place. And that’s precisely what a team led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is doing. Under a special project launched in May, computing and bioinformatics experts are working together to develop a platform that consolidates disparate COVID-19 data sources and uses the unified library to make predictions – about potential drug targets, for example.

Berkeley Lab: VIDEOS: Science Collaborations Find a Way During COVID-19 Pandemic

Even an underground experiment 4,600 feet below a mountain in Central Italy, and a telescope instrument more than a mile high atop an Arizona mountaintop could not escape the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus spread around the world, many laboratories and experiment sites entered a period of partial shutdown and imposed restrictions on site access. Berkeley Lab researchers participating in international science collaborations quickly transitioned to working from home, in some cases with a shift in duties.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Process for ‘two-faced’ nanomaterials may aid energy, information tech

A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used a simple process to implant atoms precisely into the top layers of ultra-thin crystals, yielding two-sided structures with different chemical compositions. The resulting materials, known as Janus structures after the two-faced Roman god, may prove useful in developing energy and information technologies.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory: ExOne licenses ORNL method to 3D print components for refined neutron scattering

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has licensed a novel method to 3D print components used in neutron instruments for scientific research to the ExOne Company, a leading maker of binder jet 3D printing technology. A long-time collaborator with ORNL, ExOne will leverage the lab’s world-class expertise in additive manufacturing, materials and neutron science to further develop the patent-pending technique to 3D print collimators using a lightweight, metal-infused composite that is ideal for neutron scattering instruments.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory: ORNL, LANL-developed quantum technologies go the distance

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 12, 2020 — For the second year in a row, a team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Los Alamos national laboratories led a demonstration hosted by EPB, a community-based utility and telecommunications company serving Chattanooga, Tennessee. Using an isolated portion of EPB’s fiber-optic network, the team experimented with quantum-based technologies that could improve the cybersecurity, longevity and efficiency of the nation’s power grid. Among other successes, the researchers drastically increased the range that these resources can cover in collaboration with their new industry partner, Qubitekk.

Berkeley Lab: Seeing ‘Under the Hood’ in Batteries

From next-gen smartphones to longer-range electric cars and an improved power grid, better batteries are driving tech innovation. And to push batteries beyond their present-day performance, researchers want to see “under the hood” to learn how the individual ingredients of battery materials behave beneath the surface. This could ultimately lead to battery improvements such as increased capacity and voltage.

VAT: VAT Announces Partnership with Ancorp

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, April 1, 2020 - VAT Incorporated, the leading global developer, manufacturer and supplier of high-end vacuum valves is pleased to announce a partnership with Ancorp effective April 1 2020. This partnership is focused on providing superior value to the general vacuum market by offering domestic vacuum users fast shipping on select stocked valves directly from ANCORP’s facility in Florida.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory: ORNL is in the fight against COVID-19

April 15, 2020 — In the race to identify solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are joining the fight by applying expertise in computational science, advanced manufacturing, data science and neutron science. Research and mission support are proceeding at ORNL, both onsite and as roughly two-thirds of staff members work from home to maximize social distancing. ORNL is providing remote access to its world-leading supercomputing and neutron facilities for researchers around the world to conduct critical scientific studies on severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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Leybold GmbH: Vacuum manufacturer Leybold celebrates 170th birthday

Traditionally, companies can only be sustainable if they are innovative. The vacuum specialist Leybold succeeded with its combination of tradition and innovation over the course of its history. With this in mind, Leybold is proud to honor this important milestone by celebrating its 170th birthday in 2020.

Berkeley Lab: How JCAP Is Making Solar Fuels Shine

Since its founding in 2010, the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) has made significant progress in the pursuit of a sustainable energy industry that converts sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into renewable transportation fuels. JCAP is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Innovation Hub led by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and based partly at DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Polymers get caught up in love-hate chemistry of oil and water

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 27, 2020 — Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee achieved a rare look at the inner workings of polymer self-assembly at an oil-water interface to advance materials for neuromorphic computing and bio-inspired technologies. Results published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society provide new insights on the way molecules pack and order themselves into “tunable” interfaces, monolayer thick surfaces with structures that can be modified for specific functionalities.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory: ORNL’s Kurfess elected to National Academy of Engineers

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 11, 2020 — Thomas Kurfess, chief manufacturing officer and senior distinguished scientist for manufacturing at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineers for his contributions to innovative digital manufacturing technologies and system architectures.

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MKS: MKS Announces Series 49UL Thermal Management System

Andover, Mass., – February 11, 2020 – MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, today announced the release of its next generation Series 49UL Thermal Management System for Semiconductor, Analytic and Advanced markets.

Bühler: Bühler’s digital security now certified with ISO 27001

Uzwil (Switzerland), February 11, 2020 – At the end of January 2020, Bühler’s information security management system has been certified with the most respected cyber security standard: ISO 27001:2013. With this certification, Bühler showcases how important information security is for the company. ISO 27001 protects key areas such as internal business IT, the automation solution Mercury MES, the Bühler Insights platform, and the myBühler customer portal. “Today, over 85 % of our solutions can be connected to Bühler Insights. We want to show our customers that their data is as secure with us as it is currently possible. Digital services from Bühler conform to the highest possible security standards,” says Stuart Bashford, Digital Officer at Bühler Group.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Closely spaced hydrogen atoms could facilitate superconductivity in ambient conditions

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 3, 2020 — An international team of researchers has discovered the hydrogen atoms in a metal hydride material are much more tightly spaced than had been predicted for decades — a feature that could possibly facilitate superconductivity at or near room temperature and pressure. Such a superconducting material, carrying electricity without any energy loss due to resistance, would revolutionize energy efficiency in a broad range of consumer and industrial applications.

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Agilent Technologies Inc.: Agilent Introduces New Smart-Connected Turbomolecular Pumps

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced two new models of turbomolecular pumps to their innovative TwisTorr turbo pump range, both with a more compact design and smart capabilities. The Agilent TwisTorr 305 FS and TwisTorr 305 IC pumps both come with smart connectivity, a new feature for Agilent turbomolecular pumps. An app called Vacuum Link, which can be installed on Apple or Android phones, enables users to communicate remotely with the pump, so they can quickly and easily type commands and modify parameters, to control the pump.

Edwards Vacuum: ELRi – the intelligent liquid ring vacuum pump from EDWARDS VACUUM

EDWARDS VACUUM has combined its years of comprehensive know-how and innovative technical expertise to develop a revolutionary range of new liquid ring pumps – the ELRi series. Megha Ajmal, Product Manager for Rough Vacuum products commented “Made for applications which are wet, humid as well as corrosive, this product offers a range of features and benefits that will distinguish itself from other competitor pumps in the market. From the ability to optimise processes to save energy, ELRi complements our range of solutions we offer for the industrial and rough vacuum markets”.

Sierra Instruments: Sierra Announces NEW Line of MEMS-Based Thermal Mass Flow Controllers & Flow Meters

Sierra Instruments, global leader in mass flow, announces the launch of their RedySmart™ mass flow meters and controllers ideal for BioPharm OEMS. Sierra also announces RedyCompact™ flow meters and regulators as an ideal upgrade to antiquated rotameters. These thermal instruments employ high-precision MEMS (Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems) technology utilizing an advanced, ultra-stable no-drift CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor. Because of the inherent stability of the thermal sensor design, Sierra offers a unique “Lifetime No-Drift Warranty” on the sensor. This offers a huge advantage in OEM applications where long-term stability is key.

Leybold GmbH: Leybold Launches Two Vacuum Calculation and Simulation Tools

Vacuum technology specialist, Leybold, has developed two new online tools to assist customer’s pump choice and layout of complete vacuum systems: The Pump Finder and the calculation tool LEYCALC. With these new web-based tools, users can select and build their vacuum solutions online. They are designed to be used for two different use cases: The homepage https://calc.leybold.com/en/lp leads to both the Pump Finder and LEYCALC, the vacuum system calculation tool. Users with vacuum know-how can use LEYCALC to calculate the behavior and performance of vacuum systems in detail. The Pump Finder guides even beginners to suitable products by a questionnaire.

NCCAVS: NCCAVS 2020 Technical Symposium

The Northern California Chapter of the American Vacuum Society will convene its 2020 Technical Symposium around the topical theme of "The Quantum World." The Symposium will focus on technologies that include, but are not limited to, manipulating or taking advantage of quantum effects in these areas: Semiconductor device physics, transistors, etc. especially nano-structures Photovoltaics, photon energy conversion, plasmonics Superconductivity Chemistry, nuclear physics, unconventional bits of general engineering, etc. Advanced information transmission & computation e.g. Quantum Computing Nanophotonics and topological quantum photonics Quantum dot display technology Sensors

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: ORNL Researchers Advance Performance Benchmark for Quantum Computers

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 2, 2020—Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a quantum chemistry simulation benchmark to evaluate the performance of quantum devices and guide the development of applications for future quantum computers. Their findings were published in npj Quantum Information. Quantum computers use the laws of quantum mechanics and units known as qubits to greatly increase the threshold at which information can be transmitted and processed. Whereas traditional “bits” have a value of either 0 or 1, qubits are encoded with values of both 0 and 1, or any combination thereof, allowing for a vast number of possibilities for storing data.

Ulvac Inc.: ULVAC Inc. and Silex Microsystems AB Sign Joint Development Agreement on Leading-Edge Sputtered PZT for MEMS

Kanagawa, Japan – November 25th, 2019 – ULVAC, Inc. (ULVAC), headquartered in Kanagawa, Japan and lead by CEO Setsuo Iwashita and SILEX Microsystems AB (Silex), headquartered in Järfälla, Sweden and lead by CEO Edvard Kälvesten, today announced they have signed an agreement to develop a production thin film piezoelectric process (PZT) for MEMS actuators and sensors with cutting edge performance and reliability.

Berkeley Lab: News Center Rare Disease Q&A: What Rare Diseases Are and Why That Matters

Inspired by the enormous unmet needs of people with rare diseases, a group of scientists from across the globe has teamed up to develop open-access tools and resources for sharing disease characteristics and treatment information. The research is centered around an artificial intelligence-enabled catalog of disease descriptions called Mondo, which, like a Wikipedia for rare diseases, can be added to and improved by the scientific and medical community.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Fusion – Argon calling

As scientists study approaches to best sustain a fusion reactor, a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory investigated injecting shattered argon pellets into a super-hot plasma, when needed, to protect the reactor’s interior wall from high-energy runaway electrons. Other pellet materials, frozen from room-temperature gasses, have successfully reduced the plasma’s thermal energy, but argon was most effective at runaway electron dissipation. Using fuel pellet injection technology – which literally shoots cryogenic pellets of fuel into the plasma to raise its density – the team used an injector optimized for argon during a series of tests at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility. “Now that we have demonstrated argon’s effectiveness, our next step is to determine how many pellets and pellet injectors are needed for a solution that’s applicable,” said ORNL’s Larry Baylor. This research may be scaled up for possible application on ITER, the international experimental reactor.

XEI Scientific, Inc.: XEI Scientific Awarded a Patent for its External Hollow Cathode Design

Redwood City, CA. – For immediate release – XEI Scientific Inc. Receives US Patent 10,486,236 for a Plasma Device with an External RF Hollow Cathode for Plasma Cleaning of High Vacuum Systems used in Evactron® E-50 model and U50 model plasma cleaners. The Evactron E50 model was introduced in 2017 and is now XEI‘s most popular in-situ downstream plasma cleaner for SEMs, with its easy plasma ignition directly from high vacuum using the “POP” ignition process developed by XEI Scientific. The design places the electrode outside the plasma to eliminate particulate production. This efficient hollow cathode plasma radical source is able to operate with 50 Watts of RF power to generate plasma rather than heat and plasma as in ICP-type plasma cleaners.

Onto Innovation Inc.: Onto Innovation Merger Successfully Completed, Combining Nanometrics and Rudolph Technologies

Onto Innovation Inc. (NYSE: ONTO) today announced the successful completion on October 25, 2019 of the previously announced merger of equals between Nanometrics Incorporated and Rudolph Technologies, Inc. Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Onto Innovation is expected to be the fourth largest semiconductor capital equipment supplier by revenue in the U.S. and a top 15 semiconductor equipment company by revenue worldwide, based on Gartner’s most recent semiconductor wafer fab equipment market share report, released in April 2019.

MKS: MKS Announces Release of Ultra-Fast C-Series Mass Flow Controllers

MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI), a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, today announced the release of its next generation C-Series Mass Flow Controllers. The C-Series Mass Flow Controller uses Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) technology combined with a fast-acting control valve and MKS’ proprietary algorithms resulting in an ultra-fast control time of less than 100 milliseconds. Designed for use with non-corrosive gases and accommodating a wide flow range from 50sscm to 50slm, the C-Series is ideal for many advanced markets that require high-precision flow control including, but not limited to, Analytical, Biopharmaceutical and Industrial applications. “By leveraging MEMS technology, we provide the optimum solution for critical process applications requiring precise gas flow control under the most demanding conditions across multiple industries,” said Michael Patterson, General Manager of Flow Solutions Products.

Dynamic Infrastructure: Dynamic Infrastructure implements deep AI technology to prevent bridges and tunnels from collapsing

The New York and Tel Aviv based startup Dynamic Infrastructure is implementing the world’s first deep-learning solution which allows bridge and tunnel owners and operators to obtain visual diagnosis of the assets they manage. The system provides live, cloud-based, 3D views of the bridge or tunnel and automatically alerts when changes are detected in maintenance and operation conditions - before the issues evolve into large-scale failures.

BrandTech Scientific, Inc.: Heater/Shaker for Use with BRAND LHS/LHS Flow

NEW! The Teleshake 95 heater/shaker module is now available for use with the BRAND Liquid Handling Station pipetting robots. The heater/shaker module can be heated up to 90°C depending on the labware material. It can also be used to shake samples with rotation speeds from 100 rpm to 1900 rpm. The heater and shaker is compatible with microplates, PCR plates, strips, and tubes, and some low profile reservoirs and polypropylene plates. Adapter plates are available for optimum heat transfer and secure hold in the Teleshake 95 for different consumables. Visit www.brandtech.com for details.

Cerebras Systems: Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine: Why we need big chips for Deep Learning

Deep learning has emerged as the most important computational workload of our generation. Tasks that historically were the sole domain of humans are now routinely performed by computers at human or superhuman levels. Deep learning is also profoundly computationally intensive. A recent report by OpenAI showed that, between 2012 and 2018, the compute used to train the largest models increased by 300,000X. In other words, AI computing is growing 25,000X faster than Moore’s law at its peak.

VON ARDENNE: VON ARDENNE at IAA 2019

VON ARDENNE will be presenting at IAA 2019 (new mobility world) its latest thin film coating solutions for new mobility such as: *. PV for solar factories or car integration *. Carbon Coatings for Lithium-ion Batteries and fuel cells to improve the performance and low production costs *. Glass coating for wind shields and roof tops for saving energy and increasing comfort *. Coatings for car displays (anti reflective, easy-to-clean) or head up displays *. Coatings for Sensor technologies for the automotive industry (LIDAR-for distance and speed control to enable autonomous driving) or facial recognition for safety

Goodfellow: Goodfellow Announces Major Extension of Their Range of Polylactic Acid (PLA) Granules

Coraopolis, PA ... September 12, 2019 ... In keeping with the increasing demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly materials, Goodfellow is pleased to announce a major expansion of their range of PLA granules. The extended range includes a variety of differing melt flow rate (MFR) materials suitable for extrusion and injection molding. For customers, the addition of these new grades enhances the Goodfellow green materials range and extends the options available for biodegradable polymers.

4Wave: 4Wave IBD-BTD PVD Cluster Tool

4Wave’s Cluster Tool is the premier Semiconductor Sputtering System. The platform incorporates the most advanced engineering for performance and uptime. It is fully computer controlled featuring advanced wafer scheduling and Wafer LOT management. The 4Wave Cluster Tool has the highest performance in markets including EUV, Infrared MEMS, Thin film optics, Semiconductor and Data Storage .

Mass-Vac: Mass-Vac Introduces a 4-Gallon Portable Degas System Which Easily Moves Between Laboratories

MV Vacuum Inlet Traps for ALD Processes utilize replaceable filter elements including stainless steel gauze, micron-rated polypropylene, activated alumina or charcoal, Sodasorb®, and other types to remove residual solvent vapor acids and particulates. Fully customizable by the user, they are offered in sizes for use in R/D laboratories and production facilities.

Edwards Vacuum: Edwards Vacuum Opens North American Semiconductor HQ in Hillsboro

Edwards Vacuum headquarters renderingEdwards Vacuum, a global leader in semiconductor vacuum and abatement solutions, has completed and opened its new high-tech innovation and manufacturing center in Hillsboro. The 75,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility will serve as the North American semiconductor headquarters for the U.K.-based firm, creating 100 new high-tech jobs.

Goodfellow Corporation: Science in Video (SciVid) Competition for 2019 Announced

The Science in Video (SciVid) competition for 2019, open to everyone passionate about Materials Science and Engineering, has been announced by co-sponsors Goodfellow, the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute of Drexel University and the Materials Research Foundation. Winners will be announced at the 2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit, but membership in the Materials Research Society (MRS) or attendance at the meeting is not required.

Angstrom Scientific Inc.: Angstrom Scientific Inc. will distribute QDI/GETec AFSEM in North America

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 1, 2019 – Quantum Design International (QDI) announces the appointment of Angstrom Scientific Inc., as the North American distributor for the Quantum Design/GETec AFSEM, an AFM designed to provide in-situ studies in a variety of existing host systems such as scanning electron microscopes. It features an AFM module that uses self-sensing cantilevers to provide correlative analysis in SEM or Dualbeam (SEM/FIB) microscopes. QDI recently announced its acquisition of GETec, an Austrian company specializing in atomic force microscopy (AFM) instrumentation.

Horiba: “Fluorescence in Industry” Chapter Discusses Using Photon Counting Instrumentation for Fluorescence Lifetime Measurement

HORIBA Scientific, global leader in fluorescence instrumentation and other spectroscopy solutions, is proud to announce that our fluorescence and TCSPC products are the subject of a complete chapter in a new book, ‘Fluorescence in Industry,’ one of a series of books put out by Springer. The series focusses on the field of fluorescence and the practical applications that are on the forefront of the technology, including analytical, biomedical, molecular sciences, etc.

MKS: MKS LAUNCHES SPECTRA-PHYSICS >50 W UV PICOSECOND LASER

MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKSI) introduces its Spectra-Physics® IceFyre® 355-50, a high power, industrial UV picosecond hybrid fiber laser with industry-leading performance and versatility and low cost-of-ownership. Delivering >50 W UV power, ultrashort pulses, and highest power at repetition rates up to 10 MHz, the laser is ideal for high throughput, high quality micromachining in 24/7 production lines.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: 2D crystals conforming to 3D curves create strain for engineering quantum devices

A team led by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory explored how atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) crystals can grow over 3D objects and how the curvature of those objects can stretch and strain the crystals. The findings, published in Science Advances, point to a strategy for engineering strain directly during the growth of atomically thin crystals to fabricate single photon emitters for quantum information processing.

Dynavac: Dynavac Named “2019 Subcontractor of the 
Year” by Small Business Administration

Dynavac is pleased to announce that it was named 2019 Subcontractor of the Year for Region 1, New England by the Small Business Administration (SBA). This coveted accolade is awarded to small businesses that have provided the government and industry with exceptional goods and services as subcontractors. The nomination for the award was made by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory in recognition of Dynavac’s contributions in expanding their environmental test capabilities.

Palomar Technologies: SST Vacuum Reflow Systems Launches Automated Vacuum Pressure Soldering System

Palomar Technologies, a global leader in total process solutions for advanced photonics and microelectronic device packaging, announced that SST Vacuum Reflow Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Palomar Technologies, has launched the SST 8300 Series Automated Vacuum Pressure Soldering System. The series, consisting of single and triple chamber systems provides a highly reliable solder connection with a better than industry standard void rate – a key to delivering high-reliability power modules for automotive and commercial applications.

Leybold GmbH: Leybold presents the 100% oil-free screw type Vacuum Pump NOVADRY for food processing and packaging

Leybold presents its innovative vacuum portfolio at the international trade fair for the meat industry IFFA in Frankfurt am Main from 04 to 09 May 2019 in hall 11, booth A41. The new NOVADRY vacuum pump series will be the focus of the presentation. The completely newly developed, oil-free screw vacuum pump ensures significantly greater safety and efficiency in food and packaging processes.

Leybold GmbH: Leybold complements vacuum screw pump series DRYVAC with further variants

At the COMVAC 1st – 5th April, Hannover Fair, Leybold presents its vacuum technologies for industrial processing. The efficient, innovative solutions of the vacuum supplier are used worldwide. In a wide variety of applications, the pumps, systems and measuring devices of this long-established company make a significant contribution to sustainable and competitive products and processes in the industry.

LabDesignNews: The 2019 Lab Design Conference

The 18th annual Lab Design Conference—April 29-May 1, 2019—is the only educational event of its kind to provide an in-depth dynamic educational program that delivers cutting-edge information about lab design, engineering and construction.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: ReactWell licenses ORNL catalyst for energy conversion applications

ReactWell, LLC, has licensed a novel waste-to-fuel technology from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to improve energy conversion methods for cleaner, more efficient oil and gas, chemical and bioenergy production. ReactWell will bring ORNL's electrochemical process (https://www.ornl.gov/news/nano-spike-catalysts-convert-carbon-dioxide-directly-ethanol), which converts carbon dioxide directly into ethanol, into the company's existing conversion solution known as the ReactWell process.

VON ARDENNE: VON ARDENNE PRESENTS REFINEMENT OF CURRENT COLLECTORS FOR LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES AT BATTERY JAPAN 2019 IN TOKYO

For some decades now, VON ARDENNE has been a leading company in industrial large-area coating using innovative PVD methods. Based on this expertise in the deposition of extremely thin layers, the German high-tech company has identified different approaches along the production chain of lithium-ion batteries to considerably improve their performance and cost-efficiency by functionalizing cell component surfaces.

Berkeley Lab: Revealing Hidden Spin: Unlocking New Paths Toward High-Temperature Superconductors

A research team led by Alessandra Lanzara, a faculty scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and a Charles Kittel Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley, using a unique detector to measure samples of an exotic cuprate superconductor, Bi-2212 (bismuth strontium calcium copper oxide), with a powerful technique called SARPES (spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy), uncovered something that defied everything they had ever known about superconductors: a distinct pattern of electron spins within the material.