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Nano-Product Engineering, LLC
Advanced Industrial Plasma Technologies

PVD Sources and Systems

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About our sources

Our LAFAD™ and FAAMS™ unidirectional dual filtered cathodic arc deposition metal vapor plasma sources are designed to meet the diverse needs of our customers, either retrofitting with existing PVD chambers, or as a source component within advanced surface engineering equipment. The sources are available in two basic designs: one with straight end opening welded to the chamber wall; and another with regular flange and Viton O-ring seal. Source control modules are provided, and can be easily integrated into vacuum system controls.

While NPE does not provide coating services or equipment manufacturing directly, clients can use our technology via licensing and technology transfer as well as ordering equipment and surface engineering services from NPE's partners with full NPE technical support. If you are a commercial coating services provider or coating equipment manufacturer and are interested in including our PVD and/or PACVD technologies in your offerings, please contact us to license the technologies, along with full technical support.

Installation and integration

NPE’s DCAD, LAFAD™ and FAAMS™ metal vapor plasma sources can be integrated into existing PVD systems, or installed as primary sources for stand-alone systems. The LAFAD plasma sources can be integrated into different chamber layouts. NPE and its predecessors have built a number of different batch coaters utilizing one and two LAFAD sources as well as hybrid filtered arc assisted magnetron sputtering systems. NPE has developed, constructed and sold several systems based upon advanced DCAD, LAFAD™ and FAAMS™ technologies. The first model of NPE’s LAFAD-500C- 1 batch coater utilize one LAFAD-500C dual unidirectional plasma source and two direct cathodic arc sources in one chamber layout. This system has a carousel multi-satellites substrate table with coating area 16” dia x 12” tall. LAFAD™ unidirectional dual filtered arc source can utilize both billet-style and planar- or rotary-style primary cathode targets. NPE provides comprehensive source installation and technical support!

The DCAD Source

DCAD-250C
Our Direct Cathodic Arc Deposition DCAD-250C source is a tubular source with an ISO-250 exit flange suitable for attachment to vacuum chambers and plasma ducts. It uses a 4" dia x 2" height frustoconical billet target.

LAFAD Sources

LAFAD-500C
This source utilizes 2 primary cone style DCAD-250C direct cathodic arc sources attached on opposite sides of the rectangular plasma duct chamber.
# of DCAD sources 2
DCAD source assembly height 350 mm (the exit flange diameter of a single DCAD-250-C source)
Plasma duct chamber height 500 mm
Plasma duct chamber width 400 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 300 mm
LAFAD-900C
This source utilizes 4 primary cone style DCAD-250C direct cathodic arc sources: two attached on each side of the rectangular plasma duct chamber.
# of DCAD sources 4
DCAD source assembly height 750 mm
Plasma duct chamber height 900 mm
Plasma duct chamber width 400 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 600 mm
LAFAD-900R
This source utilizes 2 primary planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical direct cathodic arc sources DCAD-750R: each one attached on each side of the rectangular plasma duct chamber.
# of rectangular or rotary DCAD-750R sources 2
DCAD-750R source assembly height 750 mm
Plasma duct chamber height 900 mm
Plasma duct chamber width 400 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 600 mm
Primary unfiltered cathodic arc on planar graphite cathode target (20 by 6 inches).
LAFAD-1300C
This source utilizes 6 primary cone style DCAD-250C direct cathodic arc sources: three attached on each side of the rectangular plasma duct chamber.
# of DCAD sources 6
DCAD source assembly height 1150 mm
Plasma duct chamber height 1300 mm
Plasma duct chamber width 400 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 900 mm
LAFAD-1300R
This source utilizes 2 primary planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical direct cathodic arc sources DCAD-1150R: each one attached on each side of the rectangular plasma duct chamber.
# of DCAD-1150R sources 2
DCAD-1150R source assembly height 1150 mm
Plasma duct chamber height 1300 mm
Plasma duct chamber width 400 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 900 mm

LAFAD Systems

LAFAD-1-500C
# of LAFAD sources attached to side walls of the main chamber 1
# of DCAD sources 2
Chamber height 600 mm
Chamber diameter 600 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 300 mm
LAFAD-1-900C
# of LAFAD sources attached to side walls of the main chamber 1
# of DCAD sources 4
Chamber height 1000 mm
Chamber diameter 600 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 600 mm
LAFAD-1-1300C
# of LAFAD sources attached to side walls of the main chamber 1
# of DCAD sources 6
Chamber height 1400 mm
Chamber diameter 800 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 900 mm
LAFAD-1-1300C-HB (Horizontal Batch Loading)
# of LAFAD sources attached to side walls of the main chamber 1
# of DCAD sources 6
Chamber height 1400 mm
Chamber diameter 800 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 900 mm
LAFAD-2-500C
# of LAFAD sources attached to side walls of the main chamber 2
# of DCAD sources 4
Chamber height 600 mm
Chamber diameter 600 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 300 mm
LAFAD-2-900C
# of LAFAD sources attached to side walls of the main chamber 2
# of DCAD sources 8
Chamber height 1000 mm
Chamber diameter 600 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 600 mm
LAFAD-2-1300C
# of LAFAD sources attached to side walls of the main chamber 2
# of DCAD sources 12
Chamber height 1400 mm
Chamber diameter 800 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 900 mm

FAAMS Sources

FAAMS-500C-2MS
# of DCAD sources 2
DCAD sources height 350 mm
Plasma duct chamber height 500 mm
Plasma duct chamber width 400 mm
2 planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons, 3"width/dia, height 400 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 300 mm
FAAMS-900C-2MS
# of DCAD sources 4
DCAD sources height 750 mm
Plasma duct chamber height 900 mm
Plasma duct chamber width 400 mm
2 planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons, 3"width/dia, height 700 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 600 mm
FAAMS-1300C-2MS
# of DCAD sources 6
DCAD sources height 1150 mm
Plasma duct chamber height 1300 mm
Plasma duct chamber width 400 mm
2 planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons, 3"dia, height 1000 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 900 mm

FAAMS Systems

FAAMS-1-500C-2MS
# of LAFAD sources attached to side walls of the main chamber 1
# of DCAD sources 2
Chamber height 600 mm
Chamber diameter 600 mm
Number of planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons 2
2 planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons, 3"width/dia, height 400 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 300 mm
FAAMS-1-900C-2MS
# of LAFAD sources attached to side walls of the main chamber 1
# of DCAD sources 4
Chamber height 1000 mm
Chamber diameter 600 mm
Number of planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons 2
Planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons, 3"width/dia, height 700 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 600 mm
FAAMS-1-1300C-2MS
# of LAFAD sources attached to side walls of the main chamber 1
# of DCAD sources 6
Chamber height 1400 mm
Chamber diameter 800 mm
Number of planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetronss 2
Planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons, 3"width/dia, height 1000 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 900 mm
FAAMS-2-500C-4MS
# of LAFAD sources attached to side walls of the main chamber 2
# of DCAD sources 4
Chamber height 600 mm
Chamber diameter 600 mm
Number of planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons 4
Planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons, 3"width/dia, height 400 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 300 mm
FAAMS-2-900C-4MS
# of LAFAD sources attached to side walls of the main chamber 2
# of DCAD sources 8
Chamber height 1000 mm
Chamber diameter 600 mm
Number of planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons 4
Planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons, 3"width/dia, height 700 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 600 mm
FAAMS-2-1300C-4MS
# of LAFAD sources attached to side walls of the main chamber 2
# of DCAD sources 12
Chamber height 1400 mm
Chamber diameter 800 mm
Number of planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons 4
Planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons, 3"width/dia, height 1000 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 900 mm
FAAMS-4-1300C-8MS
# of LAFAD sources attached to side walls of the main chamber 4
# of DCAD sources 24
Chamber height 1400 mm
Chamber diameter 1000 mm
Number of planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons 8
Planar-rectangular or rotary-cylindrical magnetrons, 3"width/dia, height 1000 mm
Deposition area height (with ±10% coating thickness nonuniformity) 900 mm