Atlumin introduces monolithic "barking" moly sputtering targets for solar modules

Source: Atlumin Energy

Atlumin Energy Inc now fabricates monolithic rotary "barking" (dog bone) molybdenum and molybdenum sodium sputtering targets for solar module manufacturers. Monolithic molybdenum (moly) targets offer superior performance due to higher density and higher purity than traditionally fabricated moly targets. Rotary targets provide superior material utilization when compared to traditional planar targets for most applications. Atlumin’s barking configuration enables our customers to maximize material utilization of sputtering target by addressing accelerated wear at the ends of rotary targets.

Atlumin barking targets enable fewer target changes and longer run time between target changes. While dog bone target configurations have been an industry standard, Atlumin is the only manufacturer to offer monolithic targets in a barking configuration at a competitive price. Atlumin barking targets are fabricated from the start as a dog bone instead of simply machining material away which is the old and inefficient fabrication method. Bottom-line, Atlumin monolithic barking moly targets help improve cost per watt performance for solar manufacturers.

By taking advantage of added thickness at the ends of the target, Atlumin’s monolithic barking moly targets are designed to compensate for the magnetic characteristics of specific sputtering tools. The physical dimensions are customized to specific customer requirements. The Atlumin technical team, in collaboration with the customer’s process engineers, determines the geometry that strikes the optimal balance between sputtering performance, target life, and tool utilization. The Atlumin team will work one-on-one with their customers to provide a custom product that fits their unique requirements. This custom solution is then consistently replicated, target to target, until the customer requests future refinements.

"Our new monolithic barking targets represent Atlumin’s drive to innovate the fabrication process to provide sputtering targets customized for thee unique requirements of each solar manufacturer. No two customers are alike; hence, Atlumin’s commitment to offer customized shapes, sizes and chemistries.", said Gregory Phipps, Atlumin President, "Our focus is to help solar manufactures further improve cost per watt and Atlumin barking targets help reduce cost and in the case of moly sodium targets, increase the efficiency (watts)."

The Atlumin team is organized to help further improve customer’s processes and address ramp-up challenges. Not only do we make the products specific to customer need, our team of experts has experience using the products we supply to our customers. We understand that material characteristics and grain microstructure are important, purity is critical, and consistency of the supply has to be paramount. In addition, we know that for your LCOE to achieve grid parity tool utilization has to be high and target life needs to be long.

Atlumin’s customer focused approach combined with our close-to-customer locations, such as Sunnyvale, California, USA helps reduce turnaround times and development cycles for our customers. Our locations are in close proximity to many of our customers and allow us to be exceptionally efficient and responsive to customer needs.

Atlumin Energy Inc manufactures materials for the renewable energy market, including solar module manufacturers, with a focus on increasing efficiency. Atlumin products range from key elements, alloys, and specialty chemicals, to engineered fabrications, such as sputtering targets. Metals include cadmium, copper, gallium, indium, molybdenum, selenium, and tellurium. Atlumin also offers advanced recycling and reclaim programs. Atlumin is headquartered in New Hartford, New York, USA and manufactures in the Federal Republic of Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Atlumin is a subsidiary of the MCP Group SA, a global metals supplier since 1929.

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