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Why the hiP-V

The high flexibility of the hiP-V, at a very competitive price, offers many ways to minimize the inventory and complexity of a coating system. In the same way it adds new functions, features and possibilities to improve and enhance manufacturing processing. The hiP-V is designed in a way that it adds value to a coating system by minimizing the number of processing power delivery components, if compared with standard state of the art coating systems. The hiP-V is developed as an “All in One PS” or “Multipurpose PS” which can be used for many applications, such as:

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  • HIPIMS (Uni-Polar or Bi-Polar) used for single magnetron and dual magnetron applications, plus Superimposed HIPIMS: Enhanced coating properties.
  • Standard DC (for magnetron sputtering, Bias, PECVD and Plasma Etching): Higher deposition rate, i.e., production speed.
  • DC-Pulsed (Uni-Polar or Bi-Polar): for magnetron sputtering, Bias, PECVD, Plasma Etching): required for complex processes, also for plasma cleaning of Suitable as a Dual Magnetron PS also in this mode.
  • Bias operation in DC and HIPIMS mode: the part to be coated can be polarized too in order to optimize the coating properties.

The hiP-V is built up in a modular way. It offers the unique capability of combining, into parallel two, or into serial three hiP-V units. This enables the user to double the voltage or triple the power and current. This has the great advantage for the customer or OEM to process even very complex thin films with just one single power supply product line, instead of having several dedicated power supplies, one for each process that may take place in the same production line.

One of the most innovative features of the hiP-V product line is that it has the ability of making a superimposed DC/HIPIMS deposition. Here we see a good way to combine the advantages of the two methods, the advanced film properties of the HIPIMS and the high deposition rate in DC. Of course this technology is not just simple plug and play. Process procedures and parameters will be offered by licensing as a business opportunity.

In comparison with other commercial solutions, the hiP-V is a more versatile power supply at a lower price. It has also been carefully designed to fulfill the industrial coating process requirements. In this way it is easy to replace the installed base of power supplies, as example for upgrading already existing very large coating systems step by step, to distribute the investment cost over a longer period of time. Commercially, for the OEM or end users in the coating industry, this has the advantage to only purchase a single product which fulfills the various process requirements. This not only reduces cost in purchasing the part but also positively affects the after sales service, personnel training and reduces the inventory stock.

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