Micro- and Nanomechanical Testing

AGS Plasma Systems, Inc., Santa Clara CA, USA
3064 Kenneth St., Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA

AGS Plasma Systems, Inc. is the preeminent manufacturer of affordable vacuum plasma systems used for etching and deposition of patterns needed in the microelectronics and optoelectronics industries. The company was formed in 1991 to assist people with their plasma system’s parts and service needs. We sell and service plasma systems and have designed and installed a variety of product enhancements. We also supply a Windows/PC process tool controller to add the ease and flexibility of GUI automation to your existing vacuum systems. We offer a complete line of vacuum systems for all your dry processing needs.

Systems include
Reactive ion etcher
Plasma enhanced deposition tool
Physical vapor deposition tool
High density plasma tool
Toxic/corrosive compatible
Plasma etcher
Dual chamber research testbed
Cluster tool versions

http://www.agsplasma.com/
Hiden Isochema, Warrington, UK
422 Europa Blvd, Warrington WA5 7TS, UK

Hiden Isochema is a world leader in the design and manufacture of gas and vapor sorption instrumentation for research, development and production applications in surface chemistry and materials science.

The IMI Series offers a multifunctional platform for the study of physisorption, chemisorption and gas absorption by materials, from entry level manometric analyzers to advanced multistream dynamic flow systems with integrated mass spectrometry.

The IGA Series provides fully automated and precise measurement of the magnitude and kinetics of gas or vapor interactions with samples at controlled pressure and temperature. The unique IGA method exploits the relaxation of the sample after pressure or temperature change to simultaneously determine kinetic parameters and equilibrium uptake. IGA systems are recognised instruments of excellence with over 20 years proven performance in many prominent industrial organizations and leading academic research institutes worldwide.

The XEMIS is a high accuracy sorption microbalance for precision weighing in extreme environments. Available as a standalone microbalance or as part of a fully integrated sorption analyzer, the XEMIS provides remarkable flexibility, as well as outstanding weighing stability and accuracy.

The XCS Series provides users with a unique controlled climate for a range of scientific applications.
Intelligent control software performs real-time analysis of environmental conditions, maintaining the composition defined by the user, or following pre-programmed sequences for fully automated control.
The ABR is a dedicated breakthrough analyzer, fully automated and supplied with an integrated close-coupled mass spectrometer.
The ABR is available in a range of configurations to suit research-scale samples, with bed volumes from 2 cc to 20 cc. Up to 6 gas inlets are available as well as a dedicated purge stream. Flow rates are selected to suit the specific applications, and the ABR includes an ultra-low dead volume switching valve. Options include an upgrade for operation at pressures to 50 bar, and an integrated vapor generator module for gas-vapor operation.
The ABR is designed to meet the needs of researchers wishing to characterise the gas separation performance of novel materials such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), Zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs) without the time or expense of synthesising larger quantities of material. The breakthrough data obtained is complementary to the adsorption-desorption isotherms measured with our IGA, IGAsorp, XEMIS and IMI sorption analyzers.

www.hidenisochema.com/
Image Metrology, Horsholm, Denmark
Lyngsø Alle 3A, Horsholm DK-2970, Denmark

SPIP™ is the preferred software package for nano- and microscale image processing at high-tech companies and leading research institutes in more than 61 countries.

SPIP™ supports 104 file formats for various instrument types, including:
SPM, AFM, STM
SEM, TEM
Interferometers
Confocal Microscopes
Profilers
Optical Microscopes

http://www.imagemet.com/
Scanwel, Gwynedd, UK
The Old School, Llandderfel Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7HW, UK
Manufacturer
Of vacuum fabrications, chambers, kits & systems
Stockist
Of in-house manufactured vacuum components
Distributor
Of leading vacuum, surface & nanoscience products

Established in 1974, Scanwel is a leading manufacturer and distributor of components and systems to end users and o.e.m.s in academia, government laboratories and industry.
Our products find application in the production and development of advanced materials and processes in a number of high technology fields, including nanotechnology, microelectronics, storage media, energy production and bio-medical and basic materials research of metals, oxides, polymers and coatings.

production and bio-medical and basic materials research of metals, oxides, polymers and coatings.

    • We specialise in producing custom fabrication and chambers, for clean and UHV applications.
    • Our custom systems are exactly that, conceived and designed with your full involvement using our experience and the latest CAD packages. The end result is a product that meets your requirements.

 

http://www.scanwel.co.uk
+44 (0)1678530281
TREK, INC., Lockport NY, USA
190 Walnut Street, Lockport, NY 14094, USA
Decades of design and manufacturing expertise in electrostatics and high voltage amplifiers provide a firm foundation for Trek to offer high performance products that address needs for measurement and power solutions in research and industry.

For nearly 50 years, TREK , INC. has been providing innovative electrostatic measurement and high-voltage power solutions to customers worldwide. Trek’s superior engineering design capability and manufacturing facilities allow us to provide high quality, cost-effective products and services to meet market needs and customer-specific applications.

Our proprietary technology and technical expertise, coupled with our long-term relationships, sets us apart from our competitors and has made us the leader in the markets we serve.

Trek’s commitment to develop new technologies will enable us to continue to provide current and future customers with innovative solutions.

A significant portion of Trek’s business is derived from the design and manufacture of custom products for OEM customers. Trek has been supplying solutions to some of these customers for over 20 years. Although we cannot disclose information about our custom OEM designs, the following provides some perspective on our capabilities. If this information interests you, please contact us to initiate a dialogue regarding your specific requirements for custom-designed product solutions.

Applications:
Electrophotography
ESD
Piezoelectronics
Research & Development
Semiconductor
Power Amplification

Metrology: These products are used for precision measurements of voltage and surface charge distributions; resistance and resistivity meters are also utilized.

http://www.trekinc.com/
+1-716-438-7555
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Accurion, Goettingen, Germany
Stresemannstrasse 30, D-37079 Goettingen, Germany
Accurion provides high-end and reliable state-of-the-art technology in two product lines: Imaging Ellipsometry and Active Vibration Isolation.

Accurion provides high-end and reliable state-of-the-art technology in two product lines: Imaging Ellipsometry and Active Vibration Isolation.
In 2009, Halcyonics GmbH, specialist for Active Vibration Isolation Solutions and Nanofilm Technology GmbH, expert for surface analyzing tools merge to Accurion GmbH. Both divisions are well-established and look back on a long-term experience in developing and producing scientific instruments. Nanofilm has been the leader in Brewster Angle Microscopy and Imaging Ellipsometry since 1991. Halcyonics was founded in 1996 as specialist in Active Vibration Isolation. The existing product brands Nanofilm and Halcyonics are continued as product divisions of Accurion.
Since the introduction of the „Brewster Angle Microscope BAM1 1991, we have become the leader in Brewster Angle Microscopy, Imaging Ellipsometry and UV/VIS reflectometry. We provide instrumentation for optical surface analysis of monolayers and thin film coatings at the air/water, the liquid/liquid, the solid liquid and the solid/gas interface.
In today`s world of nanotechnology, optimal vibration isolation is absolutely essential for creating and analysing very small structures. Active vibration isolation is the most effective solution to isolate high-resolution measurement equipment from disturbing vibrations. We at Accurion are specialized in providing various solutions for a wide range of applications
Thin Film Characterization Products:
Imaging Ellipsometer
Brewster Angle Microscope
UV / VIS Reflectometer

Active Vibration Isolation Products:
Desktop Units
Isolation Elements
Laboratory Workstations

http://www.accurion.com/
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BaySpec, San Jose CA, USA
1101 McKay Drive, San Jose, CA 95131, USA

BaySpec, Inc., founded in 1999 with 100% manufacturing in the USA (San Jose, California), is a vertically integrated spectral sensing company. The company designs, manufactures and markets advanced spectral instruments, including UV-VIS-NIR-SWIR spectrometers, benchtop and portable NIR/SWIR and Raman analyzers, confocal Raman microscopes, hyperspectral imagers, mass spectrometers, and OEM spectral engines and components. R&D Applications include:

Materials: Material characterization is an ideal application area for Raman spectroscopy, due to its high chemical specificity and rapid, non-contact measurement. Solid, liquid, or gaseous, nearly all materials possess a unique Raman spectral fingerprint. The technique can be readily scaled to microscopic approaches, allowing interrogation of extremely small volumes and samples, such as nanomaterials. Characterization of nanomaterials is critical to determining structural and conformational properties. Raman spectroscopy is a highly efficient technique to study the electronic properties, compositions, and mechanical stresses in these materials, all of which can manifest in Raman band shape and frequency shift.

Semiconductor: Raman spectroscopy has proven to be one of the most effective tools for characterization of semiconductor properties and for manufacturing process/quality control because materials such as Si, SiGe, InGaAs, GaAs, GaN, and graphene exhibit precise, distinct Raman bands. Applied in a microscopic approach, the Raman technique has been successfully implemented to determine microstructure composition on thin-films, strain in the multilayer device, and to identify defects across the wafer surface.

Process/Reaction: Unlike conventional UV-Vis and NIR monitoring techniques, Raman spectroscopy provides molecular specificity in real-time measurements of gas, liquid, and solid samples, both natural and synthetic. These attributes are responsible for the emerging reliance on Raman spectroscopy for a number of online process and reaction monitoring applications. Numerous sampling options, including fiber optic probes with long reach and stand-off probes for measuring inside containers and vessels make the technique adaptable to a myriad of environments and conditions.

Surface-Enhanced Raman: Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) utilizes specialized metal substrates to allow Raman signal enhancement up to 10 orders of magnitude. This phenomenon occurs when the molecules of interest are in very close proximity to the metal substrate, and is generally used for evaporated solutions or particle-surface characterization. The enhanced Raman signal with SERS has extended its applications in many fields, such as biological studies, to quantify trace substances or identify very small structures such as cell surface proteins. Intracellular SERS is also possible, via the injection of metallic nanoparticles, to study internal structures and analytes.

http://www.bayspec.com/
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Clemex Technologies, Longueil, Canada
800 Guimond, Longueuil, Quebec, Quebec J4G 1T5, Canada

Clemex provides manufacturers and researchers with image analysis software and hardware to make quantification of microstructures less demanding and more effective. We specialize in automating measurement of objects in digital images from and other precision optical devices.
Our strength lies in our ability to achieve a thorough understanding of our clients’ specific applications, leading to a high satisfaction rate among Clemex customers. Major quality control and research labs all over the world use our image analysis solutions to extract meaningful size, shape and volume measurements in applications as varied as particle shape analysis, heat-affected zone (HAZ) measurements in welds, fiber length and morphology, automated microhardness testing, and automated inclusion rating in steel.

http://www.clemex.com
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ElektroPhysik USA, Arlington Heights IL, USA
778 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005, USA

ElektroPhysik is one of the leading manufacturers of measuring instruments used for advancing surface technology, research and quality control. Being a pioneer in the field of non-destructive coating thickness measurement, ElektroPhysik, in cooperation with national and international standardizing institutes and universities has successfully advanced new product developments along with international standardization of the coating thickness measurement.
ElektroPhysik privately held company owned and managed by the Steingroever family. It is headquarters are in Köln Germany near the famous Rein River. ElektroPhysik still occupies the original building though it has gone through many expansions over the years to facilitate growth.
ElektroPhysik maintains branch offices including the U.S.A. and is represented by distributors and agents globally in almost every country in the world. It is this network and partnerships that enable ElektroPhysik to service its customers and provide the support required in today’s competitive global marketplace.
The first coating thickness testing gauge was developed by Dr. Steingroever. Utilizing the Magnetic Attraction principle, it was called the MikroTest (still manufactured today and even available in digital display format, it probably remains the most utilized coating thickness testing device utilized, even today) . Magnetic Attraction is a very reliable technique for measuring coatings however its only drawback is that it only works with coatings applied over ferrous materials such as steel and iron.
However, the Magnetic Attraction principle paved the way for the development of analog devices. First using Eddy Current and then later Magnetic Induction, these devices expanded coating thickness testing beyond just corrosion control.
Today all three of these principles are used to non-destructively measure a variety of coatings. Magnetic Attraction is the measuring principle used in the MikroTest, PenTest and MiniPen by ElektroPhysik.
Magnetic Induction is the measuring principle of choice for ferrous metal substrate application while the Eddy Current principle is the measuring principle of choice for non-ferrous metal substrate applications.
Both of these measuring principles are found in the MiniTest family of gauges as well as the eXacto by ElektroPhysik.
More recently ElektroPhysik developed yet another measuring principle primarily for non-metal substrate applications such plastic and wood. The QuintSonic utilizes a high level ultrasound approach which has enabled measurements to be conducted on these types of substrates non-destructively.
On April 20, 2007 ElektroPhysik launched a new model, the MiniTest 700 Series with SIDSP® digital sensor technology.
SIDSP® is an ElektroPhysik exclusive which took years of research and development. SIDSP® stands for Sensor Integrated Digital Signal Processing and the way that works is that entire coating thickness measurement is processed in the sensor at the point of measurement. SIDSP® is unlike previous conventional techniques where an analog signal was generated at the sensor and then that signal would be sent to a host gauge to processing. The vulnerability with that technique was that it was susceptible to environmental influences such as strong electro-magnetic fields and other signal disturbances that could affect the analog signal and therefore the reading.

http://epkusa.com/
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Elliott Scientific, Harpenden, UK
3 Allied Business Centre, Coldharbour Lane, Harpenden AL5 4UT, UK

Elliot Scientific is a major supplier of Opto-Mechanic, Laser, Cryogenic, and Magnetic components and systems to the Scientific, Research and Industrial communities. We design and manufacture our own ranges that are marketed under the Elliot|Martock and Elliot Scientific brands, and also supply world class products sourced from many British, North American, European and Far Eastern companies.
We are uniquely positioned to assist our customers, being able to:
Supply competitive components and systems;
Source, integrate and manufacture complex systems;
Design and manufacture for Custom or OEM requirements
The Elliot|Martock and Elliot Scientific own brand products include our award winning optical tweezer systems, the lab essentials mirror mount range, fibre positioning components, waveguide manipulators, automated alignment systems, micropositioners and an expanding portfolio of other class-leading products.
All of our customers – from academic institutions and government agencies through to commercial researchers and industry – are provided with the highest levels of service backed up by solid technical support from our team of experienced engineers.
Development of novel materials and their characterisation is supported by Elliot Scientific’s close relationship with leading suppliers of high resolution equipment for examining the properties of materials at cryogenic temperatures, in magnetic environments, at the microscopic level, manually or automatically.

http://www.elliotscientific.com