Join the Conversation with Technology Experts

The Technical Program consists of much more than traditional oral presentations. Explore all the interactive forum discussion groups offered throughout the program for valuable personal interactions with experts discussing vacuum coating topics important to you.

Industry Forum  |  Meet the Experts Corner  | Technology Forum Breakfast 

Industry Forum

Wednesday, May 11  1:10 - 2:10 p.m.                                  

Forum Organizer: Carl Lampert, Star Science
Panel Members: Vivek Subramanian, University of California, Berkeley, CA; and John Murray, Concept Laser Inc., Grapevine, TX

The Industry Forum will bring industry and technology leaders together to provide their view of the future of high performance coatings and the challenges that will affect the vacuum coating industry, and provide a view of their vision covering various markets, coatings and new materials, future growth and challenges. Their presentations will be followed by an open discussion between the participants and the Forum panelists.

Meet the Experts Corner

There is nothing more valuable to the busy vacuum coating professional than the opportunity to meet industry experts to help problem-solve technology challenges. Attend any of the following Meet the Experts Corner discussions and get back on the road to productivity.

Operator/Technician Training and In-House Certification
Wednesday, May 11   3:30 - 4:30 p.m

This panel will discuss attendee input on the various options to train operators and technicians (O/Ts) on in-house equipment so as to have a reproducible process, increase production yield, reduce equipment/process downtime, and provide a path for advancement for the O/Ts. The panel will discuss the importance of the O/Ts understanding of where they fit into the product flow, thebasic aspects of the processing (vacuum technology, plasma technology, etc.) why the Manufacturing Process Instructions (MPIs) say what they say, the importance of documentation, and the various types of training that may be utilized (“on-floor”, available literature/internet, formal, etc.). In-house certification will be discussed as to how it relates to O/T advancement as well as indicate who is trained to do what.

Panel Leaders: Donald M. Mattox, Management Plus, Inc.,; Daniel Rippere, Coherent, Inc.,; Al Douglas, Viavi Solutions,

Modern Source Development
Thursday, May 12   1:40 - 2:40 p.m.

The development of new PVD and PECVD sources is continuously needed as the demand for better quality coatings at lower cost and higher throughput continues to grow. Such developments require a strong knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems as well as plasma physics. This interactive session will focus on the challenges of developing such sources in order to meet increasingly difficult industrial demands.

Panel Leaders: Frank Papa, Gencoa USA;; Ralf Bandorf, Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, Germany,; David Stevenson, Ampres, Inc.,; Rick Welty, Magplas Technik LLC,


Technology Forum Breakfasts

Start your day networking with experts in your technological specialty. Enjoy the casual, friendly environment of the Technology Forum Breakfast while discussing vacuum coating topics that are important to you.

Tuesday, May 10  7:00 - 8:15 a.m.

Coatings for Thin Film Photovoltaics - Wolfgang Diehl and Stephan Ulrich, Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

High-Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS) - Arutiun Ehiasarian, Sheffield Hallam University; and Ralf Bandorf, Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

Coatings and Surface Engineering for Medical Applications - Hana Baránková, Uppsala University; and Aryasomayajula Subrahmanyam, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Transparent Conductive Materials (TCM): from Transparent Conductive Oxides (TCO), to Thin Film Metals, to Alternative Materials - Clark Bright, Bright Thin Film Solutions, LLC (3M, retired)

Process Control and Process Monitoring - Ric Shimshock, MLD Technologies, LLC and David Christie, Advanced Energy Industries, Inc


Wednesday, May 11   7:00 - 8:15 a.m.

Tribological Coatings - Allan Matthews, The University of Manchester; and Bill Sproul, Reactive Sputtering, Inc. / Gencoa USA

Atmospheric Plasma Technologies - Hana Baránková and Ladislav Bárdos, Uppsala University

Magnetron Sputtering - David Glocker, Isoflux Incorporated

Fabrication and Performance of Optical Coatings - Ludvik Martinu, École Polytechnique de Montréal; and Chris Stoessel, Eastman Chemical Company

Modern Coating Sources - Frank Papa, Gencoa USA, and Ralf Bandorf, Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, Germany


Friday, May 13   7:00 - 8:15 a.m.

Gas/Moisture Permeation Barrier Layers - John Fahlteich, Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, Germany

Optical Coating Design - Angus Macleod, Thin Film Center Inc. and Robert Sargent, Viavi Solutions

Energy Conversion and Storage - Carl Lampert, Star Science and  Ric Shimshock, MLD Technologies, LLC

Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) Coatings – George Savva, IHI Ionbond, Inc. and Thomas Schuelke, Fraunhofer USA, Inc.

Industrial Challenges - Ralf Bandorf, Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, Germany


TechCon Calendar

Conference May 9-13
Technical Program May 10-13
Education Program May 9-13
Equipment Exhibit
Wednesday, May 11 12pm-6pm
Thursday, May 12 10am-5pm