Nov. 7, 2012
-- Gilbert AZ—
Arizona-based Colnatec LLC demonstrated at a respected research lab the world's first ultra-high flux OLED deposition sensor for high-speed, continuous run manufacturing. This ground-breaking system registers milligram-per-
second rates over one million times the current quartz crystal microbalance limit. “The sensor promises to dramatically change the economics of OLED thin film manufacturing,”
commented Colnatec Chief Technology Officer, Scott Grimshaw.
Using the Colnatec "Tempe", a heated, self-cleaning sensor (http://colnatec.com/products/hardware/tempe/),
in combination with the “Eon” deposition controller (http://colnatec.com/products/electronics/eon/)
, and the “HT" high temperature quartz crystal (http://colnatec.com/products/crystals/ht-crystals/)
, Colnatec engineers created a sensor impervious to deposition loads, benefiting OLED manufacturers with the ability to maintain continuous runs over extended periods of time, ultimately resulting in higher yields and radically decreased operating costs.
Until now, manufacturers had to contend with reading fast at slow deposition rates or coating fast with no deposition measurement, resulting in lower total yield. The Colnatec sensor can measure as fast as a vapor can be created, thereby eliminating the weakest link in the production line process: speed, coupled with real-time measurement. This ability virtually eliminates the need to shut down a line due to sensor failure. Measuring faster and measuring longer, with unprecedented accuracy, gives manufacturers more perfect products in even less time.
Colnatec is a growing technology manufacturing company in Gilbert, AZ with orders for advanced sensor technology from seven major OLED manufacturing organizations, research institutions, and system builders in Europe and Asia. Samsung has been a customer since they began manufacturing in 2010, and many more manufacturers and research institutions have recently discovered Colnatec due to their proprietary, patented (applied) technology's ability to eliminate sensor failure issues in situ for OLED, CIGS, and ALD systems.About Colnatec LLC
Colnatec designs, develops and manufactures state-of-the-
art sensors and electronic instrumentation used in the production of thin film solar cells, OLED displays (cameras, cell phones, monitors) and lighting, optics, and high speed electrical. Through the use of patented and patent-pending technologies, researchers, manufacturers and system builders are able to increase the conversion efficiency of photovoltaic films, increase production run times, lower costs, improve overall performance, and ultimately increase yield. Initially funded by a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE), Colnatec is the holder of numerous patents and one of eight winners of the Arizona Commerce Authority Innovation Challenge Grant (http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2011/03/16/colnat...
). Members of the DOE SunShot Program, they are being given a boost by the incubator services of the San Antonio Clean Energy Incubator (SACEI of the University of Texas at San Antonio), which was underwritten by the US Department of Energy Small Business and Clean Energy Alliance Partnership (http://www.cleanenergyalliance.com/
Certain statements in this press release may be considered forward-looking statements, such as statements relating to management's views with respect to future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from historical experience or from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.