One of the most advanced and innovative solutions for operating a PVD coating line.

Software for PVD coating lines.

EFAROVAC - new label but over 15 years experience

Our solution approaches are unique primarily because we constantly query standardized concepts in the time context. Development does not stand still. Does a frozen process have to stay that way? Doesn’t today’s state of the technology offer new possibilities that can increase efficiency and user-friendliness enormously? Why still work like 20 years ago? Your team doesn’t deserve that.

 

 

PVD - what it stands for?

Physical vapor deposition

Physical vapor deposition (PVD) will be used to produce thin films and coatings. The most common PVD processes are sputtering and evaporation.

PVD coatings is used, if you require thin films for mechanical, optical, chemical or electronic functions. A typical example is the glossy surfaces of their water fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen.

In addition to visual improvement, PVD coatings are also used to make surfaces more scratch-resistant or to impart completely new physical or chemical properties. A drill coated with titanium nitride, for example, remains sharp for longer. The cutting surfaces of razor blades are coated with carbon atoms in an evaporator coating process, which gives them diamond-like properties.

Equip your PVD coating line with our software solution - What can you expect?

Completely independent, whether you want to upgrade a machine that has served long and reliably, or you want to design a new machine series. We assist you every step of the way, from the initial design to the final perfection of your project.

Easy to use

Let me guess, you know which button to push?

Reduced standstill times

The operator will direct focused by an animation.

Maximum functionality

Everthing what is possible, you can do. For the experts of us.

Reporting engine

You made quality? Prove it with it indelibly.

Features

User interface

  • The software is based on vb.net / C#, the most common programming languages for complex software. This allows to work beyond the typical limitations of classical HMI systems.
  • Multithreading ensures fast reactions of the user interface.
  • Multiscreen technology, configure yourself what to see on each screen, except the default elements.
  • Unique, modern 3D design, animated. Studio trick technology.
  • Technology: WinForms and GDI+, no powerful graphic cards required, standard graphic card is usable.
  • Datalogging and (unlockable option) reporting are already integrated.
  • Language switching, German and English(US) are standard, other languages possible (option).
  • All-In-One-Solution, no further software packages are needed.
  • Operating system Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC. For the nerds under us, Windows 7 Professional is also available.

Handling

  • UI and UX-Design. (Usability and user experience)
  • Intuitive. Simply structured, clean, not overloaded – yet every detail is easily accessible.
  • The software can be operated both by an novice operator and by professionals with a desire for extensive possibilities of manipulation.
  • Multi-level authorization system based on Windows user control, domain logon possible.
  • All features can be tested manually for commissioning and also for troubleshooting.
  • The recipe settings can be restricted or even locked for the operator, so that he cannot modify values without intention, which could lead to a reduction in quality. The operator has his own interface for recipe control, on which only the authorized values can be seen.

Diagnostics and troubleshooting

  • Very deep diagnostics, operator is focused on the problem with a feature graphical animation and a matching error message appears.
  • Detailed error messages, each discrepancy is displayed, configurable. An average system can hold about 8000 – 12000 different error and warning messages, quite a few of which are just to support the commissioning process. This can provide the accurate indications immediately in case of an unexpected plant condition.
  • Remote maintenance access via VPN router possible. So the experts are just around the corner.

Modular

  • Ideal for series machine building
  • Ideal for a retrofit, that is to be successively upgraded and modernized as well.
  • Future-proof, because extensions are often already prepared and only need to be “unlocked”, e.g. by installing additional hardware.
  • The replacement of equivalent components from various manufacturers (pumps, meters, gas flow regulators, power supplies) is already prepared.
  • Standardized internal interfaces, the device coupling is realized via a “driver”.
  • The operating software (HMI – human machine interface) is automatically adapting to the machine configuration. An average plant control software contains around 4000 configuration objects, which are managed by the machine control system.
  • Typical are 8000-10000 parameter values for configuration and machine settings. Settings that are not required are automatically deactivated after commissioning and are only accessible via a special authorization. In this way, both the plant engineer and later the operator do not lose the overview. The add-on is also easily possible for a PLC programmer without having deep insight into the application software.
  • Different configuration levels of the pumps can be adapted (single or multi-stage), variable number of turbopumps or other high vacuum pumping systems (e.g. oil diffusion pumps).
  • Sources are configurable as magnetron or arc sources, ideal for hybrid systems.
  • All common bus systems and communication protocols (RS 232, RS485, Modbus, Profibus, ProfiNET) available. Main communication is realized via EtherCAT, the fastest available Ethernet-based industrial bus

Product flow monitoring

  • Not only are the products monitored and the production progress documented, but the consumption of resources and the maintenance status are watched permanently as well.
  • Unlockable option: intelligent target management with storage for non-consumed targets.
  • All data are available via several interfaces. A connection to your ERP system is possible.
  • Unlockable option: At the end of a production step, a very detailed report can be output automatically via the internal QA system. The content of the report can be configured using the recipe and is individual for each product. And should something have been forgotten, this report can also be adjusted and generated again afterwards. Storage is in the tamper-proof PDF A-3a format for long-term archiving.

Maintenance and operating hours counter

  • The basic operating hours counters are included in the standard package and are freely configurable.
  • When a configured meter trips, the system operator is animated to perform the required maintenance.
  • Unlockable option: A full electronic machine logbook, and many more configurable maintenance counters.

Data storage

  • MS SQL Server, local installation or network server can be used. A local server is recommended for performance reasons (standard installation). The free SQL Server Express (from version 2016) is applied.
  • Continuous archiving of up to 1000 process values at the same time.
  • An internal SFDC system graphically displays the workload of the plant.
  • Machine connection values (mains connection, control voltages, air pressure) are recorded as well.
  • Intelligent hard disk management. When capacity decreases, the oldest data will be deleted automatically. Disk space to be kept free or age of data is freely configurable in the HMI.
  • Graphical analysis of the archives, also related to run batches.
  • Real-time chart view, configurable. No limit number of curves, except by processor performance and memory.

For your series machine

  • Manufacturer branding is possible, use your own (animated) logo. Not available for retrofit.
  • If required, individual function modules can be unlocked worldwide via a unique key. The individual machine code has to be submitted and an activation key will be generated – the key can just be used for one time. This works without an Internet connection as well.
  • Your customer only buys what he really needs.
  • A programmer is usually not required for commissioning. This reduces the costs for each individual set-up.
  • Three different software packages are available: For the classic batch plant, for the multichamber plant with round-cycle operation, and for the inline multichamber plant. These will be optimized for your specific situation.
  • The machine is no longer defined by the software, but by the configuration. This can be archived and is the basis for the next setup, upload, make a few adjustments and the machine is ready for the test. In the event of data loss, all machine parameters can be quickly restored.
  • No matter the hardware design, the software will still fit.

For your unique special machine or a retrofit

  • Because the software packages already include a full range of options, customization to your specific solution is significantly minimized.

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Automation hardware

  • Made in Germany
  • The control hardware made by Beckhoff, Verl (www.beckhoff.de) is one of the most innovative machine automation systems available on the market. Moreover, Beckhoff stands for a long product life cycle (up to 20 years), which confirms the sustainability of your investment. The electronic components are manufactured in Germany. This guarantees high quality.
  • Runtime TwinCAT 3.1, The tasks are separated on the several processor cores according to their tasks and priorities. In this way, the performance of the PLC is optimally taken advantage of.

Lets take time for a project talk.