The Emerging Technology Behind Precise Engineering

Written by: Denton Vacuum, LLC

Summary: See three industries that have been dramatically affected by improvements in American manufacturing.

The United States is a world leader in emerging technologies and advanced manufacturing techniques. The applications of these technologies are useful in a wide array of industries, and the discoveries are driving science the world over. American manufacturing has made so many aspects of our daily life easier, and continues to push the envelope in future technologies.

Here are three industries that directly benefit from these innovations.

Aerospace

UHV sputter deposition is central to many of the electrical components in an airplane, which can include the skin of the plane itself. The technique applies a film that can be microns in thickness, which is ideal when working with precision instrumentation. One good example is electro-static shielding, which houses navigational components as well as the plane itself.

Medical

Another field seeing improvement measured in leaps and bounds is the field of medicine. The medical manufacturing industry has made major breakthroughs involving plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. One example is the aqueous coating applied to tubing that goes inside the patient’s body. The coating allows the patient to experience minimal discomfort. Coupled with an anti-microbial solution, the patient returns to the hospital fewer times from infections related to those devices.

Optics

PVD thermal evaporation is useful in the production of lenses for eyeglasses. Chemicals used for anti-glare properties must first break down into gaseous form. Those particles are bounced around a sealed chamber, where they eventually come to settle on the lens in an even coating. The coating dries, remains durable, and provides the protection from glare that allows the owner to get around safely.