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Press Releases from PLANSEE SE (5 total)

More efficient manufacturing of ceramic coatings: no problem thanks to PLANSEE's …

Hard and extremely durable: ceramic coatings make an ideal protective layer for tools and components. To date, ceramic and brittle materials could only be deposited by means of the reactive magnetron sputtering method, in part because of the lack of an appropriate fixing system for arc evaporation. But now PLANSEE has developed a suitable fixing system for ceramic and brittle composite materials. Using an integrated carrier plate and a cathode

Molybdenum-tantalum: The corrosion-resistant material for CIGS solar cells.

Thanks to its good adhesion to glass and a high electrical conductivity, molybdenum is the back contact material in CIGS solar cells. However, exposed to corrosive atmospheres molybdenum can be prone to oxidation. In order to avoid negative effects during the manufacturing process and the solar module operation, PLANSEE has developed a material with improved corrosion resistance. The company alloys pure molybdenum with small amounts of corrosion-resistant tantalum, and thereby combines

The influence of sputtering targets on the manufacturing costs and efficiency of …

The sputtering process is the most important technique for material deposition in CIGS-manufacturing. With innovative sputtering targets CIGS producers can significantly reduce their production costs. Manufacturers of sputtering targets like PLANSEE have two approaches to reduce CIGS module manufacturing costs: In order to lower the material consumption by a better target utilization PLANSEE introduced the new monolithic and dogbone rotary target designs. With MoNa the company offers a new material alloy

PLANSEE Tantal Certified by EICC as „Conflict-Free“

Sustainability is an integral part of PLANSEE purchasing policy. The socially and environmentally responsible procurement of raw materials is set in the Code of Conduct. Strict purchasing guidelines ensure that no materials are obtained from conflict-affected areas. The use of tantalum raw materials from ethically acceptable sources has now been confirmed by the certificate of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC). The decree covers all steps of material production. The audit as

Thorium-free TIG welding electrodes gain in popularity

Not only health considerations, but also additional costs for the packaging of radioactive thorium-containing welding electrodes lead more and more PLANSEE customers to switch to thorium-free alternatives. Tungsten electrodes contain different doping agents such as thorium oxide, lanthanum oxide or cerium oxide. These increase the heat resistance of the electrode and reduce the electron work function. Thus, the electrons release themselves from the tungsten electrode’s atomic orbit using less energy and

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