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11 October 2018

k-Space grows year-to-date in-line metrology revenue by 26% year on year

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Thin-film metrology tool maker k-Space Associates Inc of Dexter, MI, USA has increased year-to-date sales (Q1-Q3/2018) for its in-line metrology market segment by 26% year on year. This is attributed to continued strong sales in the solar industry, as well as the entry into new metrology markets such as glass, automotive and building supplies.

“We have leveraged our experience in production-level, thin-film deposition monitoring as well as in-line PV production monitoring to expand into other areas of in-line metrology,” says CEO Darryl Barlett. “We can either use our own proprietary optical sensors or existing off-the-shelf sensors to perform real-time, in-line measurements and integrate the metrology with the factory environment, customizing the measurement and control to the customer’s needs,” he adds.

k-Space provides custom in-line measurement and analysis solutions for production environments. The firm says that it works with customers to understand their specific needs and then develop a solution that meets all measurement requirements. These solutions include technology, software, data analysis, customization, automation of measurements and integration with existing systems.

k-Space’s in-line metrology products typically utilize non-contact, non-invasive optical methods for measurement that provide real-time data for process control. The firm’s tools and software measure and control variables such as spectral reflectance and transmission properties, uniformity, dimensional tolerance and thickness.

k-Space expects this trend to continue as it keeps pace with the forecast for growth in the global solar and glass coatings markets, as well as any additional expansions in the general US manufacturing market.

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