Vacuum conference highlights PV fab, PVD coating

The Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC) TechCon, taking place this week in Chicago, includes 2 new symposia covering photovoltaics manufacturing and PVD coating advances and its future outlook. Over the entire event, 26 tutorials, taught by specialists in the topics, will be presented.

April 19, 2011 — The 54th Annual Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC) TechCon, taking place this week (April 16-21) in Chicago, IL, includes 2 new symposia covering photovoltaics manufacturing and PVD coating advances and its future outlook. Over the entire event, 26 tutorials, taught by specialists in the topics, will be presented, allowing both novice and experienced vacuum coaters the ability to broaden their understanding of the applications of vacuum coating.

Symposium on Manufacturing and Technology for Thin Film Photovoltaics looks at future photovoltaic markets and growth, government programs developing green renewable technology, and funding for manufacturing plants. SVC’s Symposium also covers the various thin film photovoltaic technologies and explore the latest manufacturing processes and equipment. Winfried Hoffmann, VP, European Photovoltaic Industry Association, keynotes, highlighting thin film PV as a future major technology to supply electricity.

In the Symposium on Coating Advances and its Impact on the Future of the Vacuum Coating Industry, industry and scientific guidance is shared on the future of vacuum coating applications, changes, and growth markets. The symposium is meant to identify new markets that are poised for growth, markets seeing decline, and market leaders both from a corporate and research point of view. Emerging vacuum processes and non-vacuum coating technologies will be compared with existing PVD and other vacuum-based processes. The outcome will provide direction for our industry and the Society as a whole. Symposium Keynote speaker Günter Bräuer, Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, will focus on the milestones and future challenges of magnetron sputtering.

Vacuum coating technology plays a vital role in the success of several industries. In addition to the 2 new symposia, SVC TechCon speakers will cover the advances of coatings across a variety of applications, including: Optical Coating, Tribological and Decorative Coating, Clean Technology, and Processes and Coatings for Health Care Applications.

In broader process and science-oriented sessions, developments in Plasma Processing, High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS), and Emerging Technologies are shared.

Production-based sessions include Large Area Coating and Vacuum Web Coating.

SVC is once again offering a Business Topics Session designed to give guidance to attendees, exhibitors and entrepreneurs interested in improving the way they do business.

Further details are available at www.svc.org.

Also see: Bruker DektakXT at SVC Techcon

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