Lab ONE Opens for Business

Lab ONE Opens for Business

On October 4th, one of the most ambitious and elaborate laboratories opened for business.

The Grand Opening of Lab ONE was the realization of a dream for COMET General Manager, Paul Smith who has long held the vision of bringing the disparate technologies from the COMET Group under one roof to provide a state- of-the-art research and inspection facility in Silicon Valley, and to foster cross-segmentation between the technologies.

Most research and development projects are a journey that begin in one place and very often, along the way, benefit from new information or data that takes them off in a completely different direction. This type of technological exploration is at the heart of Lab ONE, which makes San Jose the ideal location for this new venture.

Smith has promised a series of learning and technology-sharing events will be held at the new lab which houses some of the most sophisticated x-ray and plasma systems currently available. COMET Group has three main divisions represented at Lab ONE; COMET radio frequency (RF) technology powers the production of the touchscreens and memory chips found everywhere today in sensors, PCs, smartphones and tablets, as well as in large server farms. COMET’s high-quality vacuum capacitors, impedance matching networks and RF generators are ideally suited to this use. Similarly, resource-saving technologies such as solar cells and LEDs are only made possible by deposition techniques based on the latest radio frequency technology from COMET.

The x-ray technologies and computer tomography division addresses the aerospace, automotive and electronics manufacturing markets with a wide range of high-level non-destructive testing solutions, marketed under the YXLON brand.

COMETS latest acquisition is Ebeam. This technology has many different applications including food and packaging sterilization and stabilizing ink products for printing.

The Grand Opening event was attended by many of the leading technologists in Silicon Valley. The lab was officially opened by the mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo, who then lead the audience through to an elaborately decorate lab area with staging for a formal welcome and introduction by COMET President & CEO Dr René Leggenhager. Ajit Manocha, newly-appointed President & CEO of SEMI gave the keynote speech before joining an active panel discussion, moderated by Trevor Galbraith, Editor-in-Chief, Global SMT & Packaging. Also joining the panel discussion were Bill Bader, President of iNEMI, Craig Arcuri, Industry Consultant and Dongkai Shangguan, Chief Technology Officer at FLEX Microelectronics Division.

–TREVOR GALBRAITH

VIDEOS OF THE EVENT

Highlight Reel

Dr René Leggenhager – Welcome Speech

Ajit Manocha – Keynote Speech

Panel Discussion

What the Visitors Thought

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