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Oxford Instruments Appoints Dedicated Training Officer

The Plasma Technology division, which provides process solutions for epitaxial growth of compound semiconductor materials, has appointed Nick Curtis to ensure that customers will gain an insight into its full range of systems in order to maximize their performance and process capabilities.

As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to its customers, Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology has expanded its system maintenance and process training offering, with a new program.

The firm is employing a dedicated Training Officer, Nick Curtis, whose remit is to ensure that customers will gain an insight into the full range of Oxford Instruments’ etch, deposition and growth systems in order to maximize their performance and process capabilities. Curtis joins Oxford Instruments with many years experience in customer and in-house training for a large technical company, and is ideally suited to developing the training programs at OIPT.

“We build long term relationships with our customers based on trust and respect, and want to ensure that they capitalise on the capabilities of their ‘Oxford’ systems", says Mark Vosloo, Sales and Customer Support Director at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, “Working with Oxford Instruments’ trained System Technicians & Engineers, customers learn how to optimize the performance of their system. In addition our Applications Team and Development Scientists conduct Process Training courses in our extensive UK applications laboratories, tailored to individual customer requirements."

Recent courses have resulted in numerous satisfied customers: “All our questions were answered and I have to say that I was very content with the course", commented Matthias Edler, University of Leoben; “You supplied good, solid, thought-provoking information,"  said Hilary Tanner, L-3 Communications EOS. Michael Hume, University of Alberta, Canada was equally pleased with his course, “I enjoyed the course and learned a lot about Ion Sources. The knowledge gained about sources should prove extremely valuable."

Oxford Instruments offers a program of System User and Maintenance Training Courses to help train customers' staff at its factory near Bristol, UK, in addition to on-site customer training.  Courses are available for the FlexALâ & OpALâ ALD systems, the full range of Plasmalabâ plasma etch and deposition systems, and Ionfabâ ion beam systems.

The aim of the courses is to ensure optimized system operation, increased productivity, and consequently to reduce down time to a minimum and reduce service costs, while reinforcing long term relationships with customers based on trust and respect.

Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology offers flexible, configurable process tools and leading-edge processes for the precise, controllable and repeatable engineering of micro- and nano-structures. Its systems provide process solutions for nanometer layer epitaxial growth of compound semiconductor material, etching of nanometer sized features and the controlled growth of nanostructures. These solutions are based on core technologies in plasma-enhanced deposition and etch, ion-beam deposition and etch, atomic layer deposition and hydride vapor phase epitaxy. Products range from compact stand-alone systems for R&D, through batch tools and up to clustered cassette-to-cassette platforms for high-throughput production processing.

Oxford Instruments provides high technology tools and systems for industrial and research markets to analyze and manipulate matter at the smallest scale. This involves the combination of core technologies in areas such as low temperature and high magnetic field environments, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, X-ray electron and optical based metrology, and advanced growth, deposition and etching.

The first technology business to be spun out from Oxford University over fifty years ago, Oxford Instruments is now a global company with over 1,300 staff worldwide and a listing on the London Stock Exchange (OXIG).

 
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