The most immediate distinction is that a reconditioned cabinet is much less expensive than a new one. But cost savings means nothing without quality and reliability that you would get with a new cabinet. For a properly running gas system, quality and reliability essentially boil down to 3 things: A system that is free from contamination and particulates A system running precisely as it should – from software configuration to component actuation  The ‘cycle life’, or longevity of those components Obviously, a new cabinet will meet these 3 criteria. The question is whether or not a reconditioned cabinet meet these criteria as well. CSI ensures...

King's College London has a tradition of investigating color separation and projection. Research conducted at the institution 150 years ago eventually led to the development of color television and LED displays. A paper published in Nature's Scientific Reports reports researchers in King's College Department of Physics have develop a method which allows for the manipulation of color at the nanoscale level. This technique provides a critical step for further advancements in imaging, spectroscopy (absorption and emission of light), detection of chemical and biological agents, and solar cell technology. The ground-breaking research can also improve LED technology for flat screen televisions and...

A Forbes.com article reports that during the advertising of the 2012 Super Bowl, a post on the Eli Lilly blog reveals the firm spends an average of $1.3 billion to bring a new drug on the market. Forbes and Bernard Munos of the InnoThink Center for Research in Biomedical Innovation looked at the R&D numbers for each drug company. According to their calculations, the industry’s average cost for the development of new drugs is $4 billion, which includes drug candidates that failed to make it to market.  Some clinical trials can run as high as $100 million. 30% Failure Rate Approximately 30%...

Metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), also called Metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) or organometallic vapor phase epitaxy (OMVPE), involves a complex chemical deposition method. MOCVD grows multiple layers of crystalline semiconductor materials, such as Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) or Indium Phosphide (InP), on a substrate. Epitaxy is an important process in the manufacturing of chips for electronics and optoelectronics devices used for manufacturing of cell phones, aviation lights, solar cells, and traffic lights.  In addition, MOCVD is critical for the development of devices used for optical storage, optical communications, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LED Fabrication Requires Precision Conventional LED chip manufacturing entails complex dynamics...

This can be a tough decision given the fact that purchasing the equipment is a fairly sizeable investment, and the future needs of the equipment may not be clear. However, a careful consideration of these factors can help guide your decision: (1) Equipment use (2) Versatility of requirements, (3) Personnel, and (4) Project duration and timelines. Click here to read the full discussion on this topic....

One of the easiest, most commonly overlooked aspects to maintaining a high quality orbital weld is to change out the tungsten electrode. There are a few telltale signs that a tungsten should be replaced, and there are certain factors that will cause tungsten wear more quickly than others. Click here for a blog on this topic. Or, watch a video on the subject, including instruction on how to change out a tungsten. ...

For systems involving diborane, we would recommend fully automated gas cabinets instead of manual gas panels for the following reasons. According to the UFC, gases such as diborane must be housed in an exhausted enclosure. Having them in a gas bunker, but open to the room doesn't protect the operator should an accidental discharge occur while a technician is in the room. Known issues with Diborane systems. We have other customers who are running diborane systems on manual panels, and they have experienced a number of failures. One of the key reasons that gases like these are controlled by automated systems is...

Silicon does not function at the nanoscale level. Since the discovery of nanotubes in 1991, researchers have work continuously to develop the material to build the microscopic processors needed for future applications. Nearly 10 years ago, IBM revealed to the world that it worked out a process for fabricating nanotubes. Nanotubes consist of microscopic structures which has the ability to conduct electricity well. For nanotubes to become a viable alternative to silicon, at the time of the announcement, IBM shared a vision of someday squeezing billions of these tiny transistors onto a single chip. As reported in Nature Nanotechnology several days ago,...