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scia Mill 150 for Imperial College London

scia Systems gladly announces the purchase of an ion beam milling system scia Mill 150 by Imperial College London – the world top ten university.

The scia Mill 150 will be located at the Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub, specifically in the Sir Henry Royce Institute where world leading academics work closely together with industry on the commercialization of fundamental materials research. The Centre focusses on Atoms 2 Devices (A2D) research in functional materials and devices which are core components in key areas such as energy, communications and healthcare.

The scia Mill 150 will be used for top-down fabrication of devices and patterned structures. In conjunction with various lithography techniques available in the laboratory, the scia Mill 150 will be expected to enable a range of materials to be patterned on a micro-and nano-scale.

Two Years of research project – HiPERFORM

Together with 30 project partners from 8 European countries scia Systems is cooperating for more than 3 years on the HiPERFORM-project. The project should pave the way for a decarbonized transport system, with reliable and energy efficient drivetrains. During the first year scia Systems equipped a sputtering chamber with a heated substrate holder by which the required substrate temperature of 800 °C was reached during sputtering. The chamber was transferred to Fraunhofer FEP, where the installation has been finished in year two. Now the system is processing first epi-AlN layers.

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scia Multi 300 for the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

scia Systems awarded the contract of a magnetron sputter system for the Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).

The scia Multi 300 is mainly used by the Department of Intelligent Materials and Systems, headed by Dr. Denys Makarov. Main activity of this group is the development of physical flexible magnetoelectronics,. These shapeable magnetic field sensors can be used to measure, control and monitor all kinds of electrical machines, which is going to be more and more relevant for E-mobility and autonomous driving.

Other important fields of interest are interactive consumer electronics, in the manner of the Internet of Things (IOT), intelligent packaging and advertising materials. Another field of application for flexible magnetosensitive devices are motion control in proximity sensors for the skin or in smart implants, as well as for sensory feedback systems in soft actuators - soft robotics.

We are pleased to deliver a scia Multi 300 to the Institute for Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research at HZDR. The fully automated magnetron sputtering system, for the deposition of GMR and TMR based multilayer coatings, convinces with a very good homogeneity and reproducibility of the multilayer stack over 300 mm diameter.

Surface Polishing Test for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)

In February 2020 scia Systems carried out a detailed study of final surface polishing for TMT International Observatory, LLC. The ion beam figuring (IBF) of the 1.4 m large TMT mirror segment prototype was performed on a scia Finish 1500 IBF system.

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Precise processing of telescope mirrors for the world’s biggest eye on the sky

scia Systems delivers two scia Finish 1500 to Safran Reosc in Poitiers, France. The systems are used for final polishing error correction of the hexagonal segments of the primary mirror for the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) from the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

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Apprenticeship at scia Systems together with Bildungs-Werkstatt Chemnitz

In order to cover the entire spectrum of vocational education, scia Systems works together with the Bildungs-Werkstatt Chemnitz additional to its own vocational training. This joint apprenticeship enables us to convey all educational contents to our trainees, according the Vocational Training Act. The Bildungs-Werkstatt Chemnitz, with its modern and qualified educational offerings, is a strong partner in continuously improving our apprenticeship quality today and in the future.

We look forward to continuing our successful cooperation. You can find our vacancies for apprenticeship in 2020/21 here.

scia Mill 200 for Fraunhofer ENAS

Again, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft relies on one of scia Systems’ ion beam etching tools. scia Systems was awarded for a scia Mill 200 by Fraunhofer Institute of Electronic Nano Systems ENAS. The tool will be installed in Chemnitz and will be used for patterning of magnetic multilayers for GMR-stacks (giant-magneto-resistance) or TMR-stacks (tunnel-magneto-resistance) on standardized 200 mm silicon wafers.