Thursday, August 17, 2017

9 Pin Vacuum Feedthrough: UHV Compatible Technology Serving the Semiconductor Industry

Some of the most stringent tolerances and vacuum requirements exist in the ever-expanding semiconductor industry. Tight restrictions in vacuum ports, high temperature applications and exposure to high stress environments further add to the challenge of designing an electrical feedthrough that can be manufactured quickly and installed with ease. An American multinational manufacturer of chips and microprocessors approached BCE with these exact requirements in order to replace their existing vacuum feedthroughs incapable of providing an adequate performance in ultra-high vacuum environments. Furthermore, their existing supplier had long lead times and the procured feedthroughs needed to be replaced often as their contacts would fail due to oxidation formation on the conductive layer.

SCOPE
  • The feedthrough needed to satisfy the following requirements: 
  • Ultra-High Vacuum (UHV) compatibility up to 1 X 10-10 atm.cc/sec 
  • Remain operable at temperatures exceeding 250°C 
  • Pins preventing oxidation of conductive layer for longevity 
  • 9 pin feedthrough configuration 
  • Voltage requirement: 750 AC RMS 
  • Current requirement: 7 AMPS 
  • Quick-turnaround on feedthrough manufacturing 
  • Robust seal withstanding high stress environments 
  • Ease in installation, simple design 
  • Low cost for application 
OUTCOME

All customer requirements were exceeded by BCE’s 9 pin vacuum feedthrough. Not only did it meet all electrical and configuration specifications, it provided a vacuum compatibility twice as much as that required by the customer allowing them to expand their capabilities to higher vacuum thresholds. It also remained operable at higher temperatures, nearing maximums of 300°C. Furthermore, the gold plated pins proved to be ideal in the prevention of oxidative layers inhibiting current flow. Moreover, BCE’s proprietary ceramic seal achieved the desired robustness and allowed the feedthrough to remain operable under high stress conditions. Finally, the client was equally impressed by BCE’s quick-turnaround time and competitive pricing.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Video: Flanged, Replaceable, Multi-Thermocouple Electrical Feedthrough



With most vacuum feedthroughs, troubleshooting can be difficult as well when multiple fixed elements are involved. If one element fails, generally the entire vacuum feedthrough is rendered useless. With BCE’s Multi-TC, Flanged Feedthrough, arduous troubleshooting procedures are a thing of the past. In fact, this feedthrough’s thermocouples are replaceable as they can be extracted from the compression fittings with great ease. This means that if thermocouples fail, they can be removed, tested and replaced within minutes. Thus, this no-hassle design allows for faster, more accurate and more cost-effective thermal data collection. Trust BCE’s Multi-TC, Flanged Feedthrough for your most complicated thermal detection needs. Contact BCE for more information.

Replaceable, Flanged, Multi-Thermocouple Vacuum Feedthroughs

Multi-Thermocouple Vacuum Feedthrough
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One of the biggest challenges facing the vacuum industry is to collect multiple readings from complex assemblies while being limited by the number of existing feedthrough ports in a vacuum chamber. With BCE’s Multi-TC, Flanged Feedthrough, companies no longer need to invest in adding more ports for a greater collection of temperatures from a vacuum environment as multiple thermocouples are embedded in just one feedthrough. The number, type and lengths of the thermocouples can be altered to match specific application requirements meeting each customers’ unique needs. As the thermocouples can be adapted to meet unique design constraints, so can this feedthrough’s flange. All sizes used are standard and are easily mountable with readily available hardware. No complicated assemblies are required for the most complicated of vacuum setups.

With most vacuum feedthroughs, troubleshooting can be difficult as well when multiple fixed elements are involved. If one element fails, generally the entire vacuum feedthrough is rendered useless. With BCE’s Multi-TC, Flanged Feedthrough, arduous troubleshooting procedures are a thing of the past. In fact, this feedthrough’s thermocouples are replaceable as they can be extracted from the compression fittings with great ease. This means that if thermocouples fail, they can be removed, tested and replaced within minutes. Thus, this no-hassle design allows for faster, more accurate and more cost-effective thermal data collection. Trust BCE’s Multi-TC, Flanged Feedthrough for your most complicated thermal detection needs.

Specifications
  • Replaceable thermocouple(s) design 
  • Vacuum Integrity: 10-8 atm.cc/sec 
  • Multiple types and lengths available for thermocouple(s) 
  • Multiple types and sizes available for flange(s) 
  • Multiple types and sizes available for lead wires (KAPTON available for minimal contaminant release) 
  • Compatible O-rings available for flange(s) 
  • Can be adapted to virtually any temperature range
For more information, visit http://www.belilove.com/feedthrough.

Monday, July 31, 2017

BCE’s Optic Cable Feedthru: The Source For Accurate Spectrometer Data Collection

Optic Cable Feedthru
BCE Optic Cable Feedthru
Collecting data from a spectrometer has always presented unique challenges. Now, couple that with data collection in an ultra-high vacuum environment and intermittent pressures. This is precisely what a leading national laboratory focusing on American defense asked BCE to supply. This client was concerned with data collection across an ultra-high vacuum chamber using a unique feedthrough that would be easy to install, prevent damage to expensive equipment, and maintain employee safety.

SCOPE


The feedthrough needed to meet the following specifications:
  • Ultra-high vacuum compatible to 1X10–9 cc/sec of He @ 1 ATM 
  • Ease of installation into vacuum chamber wall 
  • Offer a high coupling efficiency into spectrometer 
  • Compatible connection with computing devices 
  • Remain operable under 100 psi of static pressure 
  • Be able to sustain pressures ranging from 500 to 1000 psi 
  • Adapt quickly, within milliseconds, to varying pressures 
  • Fit easily into restricted spaces 
  • Prevent release of contaminants via outgassing 
OUTCOME
BCE proposed its Optic Cable feedthrough as the ultimate solution to this design conundrum. The flexible stainless steel conduit of the fiber optic cable along with its connectors coupled easily with the spectrometer and company devices. The CF flange of the feedthrough mounted effortlessly into the vacuum chamber wall and BCE’s proprietary epoxy seal meeting NASA ASTM E595 allowed for less than 0.1% of volatiles to emanate into the environment and with less than 1% of mass loss. Further testing of BCE’s optic cable feedthrough at the client facility revealed that it remained operable at varied, high pressures while ensuring an ultra-high vacuum seal.

Monday, July 24, 2017

BCE’s Mini-Clean Flow (MCF) Heater at the Core of 4D Entertainment

BCE Mini Clean Flow (MCF) Heater
BCE Mini Clean Flow (MCF) Heater
Picture this: a heater that can sustain elevated motion, high temperatures and pressures, and be compact enough to fit into a restricted assembly. BCE was approached by a worldwide provider of 4D cinematic experiences to help design a custom heating apparatus. This novel thermal assembly would be capable of creating a desired heat effect enhancing the viewing of attraction films around the globe.

SCOPE
The heater of the apparatus needed to be able to:
  • Generate internal temperatures exceeding 500°C 
  • Ramp to elevated temperatures within minutes 
  • Operate at low voltage: 24V 
  • Sustain pressures up to 80 psi 
  • Assemble easily to a control valve 
  • Remain operable at a motion of 10 g 
  • Allow for acute temperature control 
  • Have a low mass design for efficient heat transfer 
  • Be compact; allowing the assembly to remain within a 10” envelope 
OUTCOME

BCE’s MCF heater provided the optimal solution to this design challenge. During pre-heat with no air flow, the internal temperature of the MCF reached 320°C. After an 80 psi air burst and temperature drop, the low mass of the heater was able to achieve an internal temperature of 505°C in just under 90 s during the heat effect. This greatly surpassed customer expectations. Not only was its compactness an asset in maintaining the dimensional restrictions, its unique design with NPT fitting assembled easily to other components. Moreover, the built-in thermocouple type K offered precise temperature monitoring for this sensitive application. Finally, its robust design allowed for continuous operation under the most strenuous pressures and motion.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Welcome to BCE

BCE (Belilove Company-Engineers) has over 60 years experience as a California based manufacturer, value added component integrator, and distributor serving the analytical instrumentation, semiconductor, photovoltaic, medical equipment, plastics processing, foodservice equipment, packaging, and aerospace industries. 

BCE offers custom electrical heaters, sensors, controls and custom vacuum feedthroughs for sale. Supported by their wealth of knowledge and experience, BCE will assist you with your electric heating, vacuum feedthrough, and ceramic substrate needs.

http://www.belilove.com | (510) 274-1990