8th October 1990
Scientific Vacuum Services (SVS) Ltd, registration No. 2538608 was established by cofounders, directors and equal shareholders Philip Eames and Terry Shimell.
Scientific Vacuum Services Ltd changed their trading name to Scientific Vacuum Systems Ltd to reflect their change of business model from servicing to system manufacturers, following several refurbishments and upgrades of PVD Systems.
SVS Ltd moved to 12 Weller Drive, Hogwood Lane Industrial Estate, which is a large manufacturing facility and is still their current home.
SVS won their first new Sputter System order, which was purchased by the Indian Satellite Research Organisation (ISRO), Bangalore. It was SVS’ first export order and is still in operation today. This system was the launch of the new V2000 range of sputter systems.
First of many V2000 Range of sputter systems Built by SVS.
SVS build the first of a new range of razorblade production coaters called the CTS30 using DC triode sputtering technique.
SVS launch the new V6000 range of Electron Beam and Sputter systems for research.
The first in the new e2000 range of Electron Beam Evaporators for production of multiple wafers is designed and built for Daewoo in South Korea.
SVS partnered with the late Prof Ron Howson of Loughborough University to develop novel reactive deposition techniques to produce conductive optical coatings using reactive DC pulse sputtering.
As a result of SVS’ collaboration with Loughborough University SVS built the first V2800 In-Line reactive Sputter and evaporation system for Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) for their Light Emitting Polymers (LEP) research into flat panel screens.
SVS design and build the first DCMS30 Dual Magnetron sputtering system for Razorblade production with a throughput of 90,000 blades every 30 minutes to supersede the CTS30 DC Triode sputtering system developed in 1995. SVS have gone on to be a World leading supplier of Razorblade coaters, supplying sputter systems to over 50% of the world market.
SVS construct the first of the large area V2000 box coaters for production.
SVS set up its own R&D laboratory and started a 3 year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) research program in collaboration with Loughborough University to develop a new reactive Plasma enhance chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) technique for optical and hard coatings, which culminated in SVS winning an award from the UK Research Council for being one of the top eight KTP research programs completed in 2004.
SVS & Loughborough staff receiving their awards in 2004 From Sir Keith O’Nions (then head of the UK Research Council)
SVS research team develop a new DLC coating using the newly developed PECVD process which resulted in SVS’ largest ever single export order for a V2900 large area In-Line sputter system for processing 1.0m x 1.0m substrates.
Following the manufacture of the V2800 system CDT in 1997 SVS design and construct a bespoke In-line product evaporation and sputter system for CDT’s customer Seiko, Japan for processing multiple 40cm x 40cm wafers.
SVS embarked on a second 3 year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) research program in collaboration with Loughborough University to continue the development of new reactive Plasma techniques for optical and hard coatings.
SVS in collaboration with Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum Ltd supplied the vacuum pumping system for the UK Orion Laser project, one of the largest laser facilities in the world. SVS’ role within this project was to supply the software control system for the vacuum chambers and pipelines, which included controlling 84 turbo pump sets from 14 different control zones connected to a main pumping group controller. This project took 3 years to complete.
Orion Laser facility, one of the largest scientific capital investments in the UK for over 25 years.
View showing the Orion Laser UHV Target chamber.
SVS in collaboration with Loughborough University are awarded a £740K BERR grant to design and develop a pilot production deposition system for Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) solar cells employing the most complex, yet most efficient 3 stage process.
SVS design a new ViB range of ion beam milling systems.
SVS continue to build bespoke systems.
SVS design an e2000LL loadlock electron beam and Ion Beam Milling system designed to cool the substrate below 50ºC during the most aggressive evaporation and milling processes.
SVS complete the build of the CIGS pilot production deposition system for CIGS solar cells and named it the ‘Quantum 2010’. The system was handed to researchers at Brunel University to start the development of the process.
Researchers at Brunel University are achieving 12% efficient CIGS solar cells on 30cm x 30cm glass substrates and are confident of achieving 18% within the next 12 months.
8th October 2015
Celebrating 25 years and still designing and building PVD systems.