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Adtec PlasmaTact produces super hydrophilic surface on CSP glass at 30m/min

Adtec's new 50W PlasmaTact is capable of generating super hydrophilic surfaces on Concentrating Solar Power glass at speeds of 30 metres per minute, or half a metre per second, in just one pass of the material's surface.

A super hydrophilic surface is defined as one with a water contact angle of less than 5 degrees, and is a significant result for high-precision plasma torch processing.

In the context of CSP, producing a super hydrophilic surface means we could greatly reduce the water required for cleaning. Beyond this, creating such surfaces can greatly enhance our ability to bond materials.

The video below shows the 50W PlasmaTact, the latest development in Adtec's patented microwave induced argon plasma, processing the surface of the glass at 30m/minute. The image shows the resulting areas of super hydrophilicity - the water sticks preferentially to the treated regions.

 


Adtec launches 50W Cold Atmospheric Plasma Torch

Adtec first started to investigate cold atmospheric plasma back in 2005, as part of an anti-bacterial study in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

From here, we developed our patented coaxial microwave plasma technology, which remains at the core of our cold plasma products to this day.

As well as medical applications, Adtec developed PlasmaTact - a 15W torch for surface treatments and anti-bacterial applications.

We are now proud to announce the new, higher power 50W PlasmaTact. The increased power means that not only can we perform the same surface treatment tasks at higher speed, but a greater breadth of surface engineering applications become a possibility - keep an eye out for news on our upcoming work exploring etching and deposition at atmospheric pressure!

 


Adtec expands manufacturing facility in Vietnam

With the semiconductor industry booming, Adtec has invested 20 million USD in expanding our manufacturing facility in Vietnam.

Despite COVID restrictions greatly reducing the output of the Adtec manufacturing plan in Vietnam for large periods of time, the factory is now operating at almost full capacity, and subsequently large investments are being made to ensure Adtec keeps pace with the rapidly growing requirements for semiconductors.

Building 2 will add a further 15,950 square metres of factory space to the site. A 6,675 square metre car park is also included in the development plans.

Starting in September, the factory is scheduled to be ready and operational by July 2023


Adtec launches DC Generators!

Ever since we designed and manufactured our first RF Plasma Generators 30 years ago, Adtec has built a reputation as a world-leading suppliers of generators for semiconductor and related industries.

Adtec is now extremely excited to announce the launch of our first DC Generator!

A 20kW Bipolar Power Supply, the unit has been designed and developed by Adtec group company IDX, primarily for sputtering deposition processes. With continuous, pulsed and bipolar DC modes, and high speed arc detection and handling functionality, multiple BP020A plasma generators can be stacked to create a flexible, high power system.

Alternatively, combine with Adtec's extensive range of RF Plasma Generation equipment to power a versatile dual RF-DC sputtering tool. Get in touch to discuss a solution tailored to your requirements.

 

One Supplier. From Generator to Chamber. Now with DC Generators


We've moved! Adtec Europe now in Twickenham

Ever since Adtec Plasma Technology's European subsidiary opened way back in 2000, Adtec Europe was based in the West London borough of Hounslow.

After 21 years of fantastic growth and development, we have moved to a brand new home in Twickenham! Only a few miles up the road, Twickenham is a beautiful, village-like suburb of London. Right on the Thames, Twickenham boasts numerous cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars, with a bustling high street - and of course, Twickenham Stadium, home of English Rugby!

Only a short train ride from Central London, being on the edge of the city means we can have a large new workshop for our Engineering and Technical Support teams. In the coming weeks, a brand new mezzanine office level will be added. (Pictures to follow!)

We are extremely grateful to all our to all our customers and suppliers for your continued support - thank you!

Adtec's home of 21 years in Hounslow

 


Adtec confirms membership to NMI

We are pleased to announce our membership to NMI - Champion for the UK Electronics Manufacturing Industry.

Part of The UK's Deep Tech Hub, TechWorks, NMI Manufacturing supports the UK established Semiconductor industry.

We are very excited to join this renowned UK Electronics Manufacturing community, and at the opportunity to collaborate with innovative industry experts

 


RF Plasma Equipment - From Generator to Chamber

Through recent additions to our RF Plasma Equipment range, Adtec is now proudly able to supply your entire RF Power chain - From Generator to Chamber.

Building upon our long-standing expertise in RF Plasma Generators and Impedance Matching Units, Adtec now offers a bespoke range of RF Coaxial Switch Boxes and Cabling.

View our full range of RF products here, and learn how Adtec can be your One Supplier, From Generator to Chamber

#OneSupplier #fromgeneratortochamber


Adtec launches High Power RF Coaxial Switch Boxes

Adtec has expanded its range of RF Plasma Generation equipment by adding High Power RF Coaxial Switch Boxes to our line up.

A Switch Box sits in your signal chain directly after the RF Generator, and essentially acts a pivot point, dictating the "direction" of the RF power. This means that you can serve multiple chambers using just one generator; the switch box rapidly alternates the signal between the different processes.

Our Switch Boxes are custom designed, so get in touch to discuss your requirements


Characterization of a Microwave Induced Plasma Torch

Adtec's Microwave Induced Plasma (MIP) torch technology has been investigated in a fascinating paper exploring glass surface modification.

Cold plasma as a novel solution for cleaning Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) mirrors is an application we're extremely interested in at Adtec, and we are proudly collaborating with Cranfield University in our research. In experimental work conducted at both Cranfield and the Defence Academy, this paper instead uses an Adtec MIP torch to study surface energy modification of CSP glass, and demonstrates the ability of the technology to create super-hydrophilic surfaces.

The work, funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and Gooch & Housego, also allowed researchers to utilise optical emission spectroscopy to characterize the MIP torch, and deepen our understanding of the technology.

The full paper is available to read here: adtecplasma.com/…/Characterisation-of-a-microwave-induced-plasma-torch-for-glass-surface-modification.pdf

 

Acknowledgements 

This sort of fundamental research provides Adtec with invaluable insights, and we are hugely grateful to all researchers and institutions for their contributions.

Cranfield University (BENNETT), University College Dublin (FANG), Manufacturing Technology Centre (CASTELLI), Zhejiang University of Technology (CHEN), Defence Academy of the UK (BALLERI), Adtec Plasma Technology (URAYAMA), Gooch & Housego (Funding), EPSRC (Funding).


Adtec now offers bespoke Coaxial Cable Assemblies

High quality coaxial cabling is essential to efficiently transmit RF power from the generator to your load, or process chamber.

A coaxial cable is type of electrical cable, typically acting as a transmission line for high-frequency signals. The name coaxial refers to the shared axis of the inner conductor and concentric conducting shield. Unlike other types of shielded cable, the dimensions of coaxial cables and connectors are carefully designed and highly controlled; by standardizing a price, constant conductor spacing, coaxial cables act as highly efficient signal transmission lines.

Adtec now offers bespoke RF cable assemblies. Used in conjunction with our range of world-leading RF Generators and Matching Units, we can provide your entire RF power solution - one supplier, From Generator To Chamber.

Check out our full range of RF Plasma Generation equipment, now including Coaxial Cable Assemblies.