February 2020

Newsletter February 2020

2020 is here and we look forward to a new decade of exciting technology developments. This month's newsletter includes an update on Optix, a paper covering the topic of antimicrobial coatings, and information on Gencoa's worldwide network of agents and sales representatives.


We have now established large component stocks for the new Optix partial pressure product. This is a product enhancement that provides accurate gas partial pressure calculation as well as wide range pressure measurement and automatic switch on/shut-off at 0.5 mbar pressure.

The customer response has been fantastic. The new software and hardware elements have refined the ease of use and data processing/visualisation. The old Optix unit will not be available as we will be only offering this enhanced product. Upgrades are available.

Optix will be at the SVC in Chicago in April, where Dr Joe Brindley will talk about Optix and 'machine learning' in a main session, and Patricia Killen about Optix real-time, auto-identification of any chemical species. We hope to see many of you there and a list of all of Gencoa's presentations will be in the March Newsletter.

Gencoa Optix
Antimicrobial coatings

'Don't touch that surface' is the title of a talk being given next month by Dermot Monaghan at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). The talk covers antimicrobial surface coating technology which presents a new area of opportunity for sputtered coatings. Gencoa have developed a range of coatings that all provide extremely high levels of microbial killing action – effectively self-cleaning surfaces.

Sputtering is well-suited to tune the composition and topography of such layers to make them an ideal killing ground for microbes. Different families of coatings can combine the self-cleaning action with both hardness/wear resistance, high transparency or different colours.

With China battling to contain the Coronavirus and cases of the virus being confirmed in other countries around the world, such surfaces could be used in the future to quickly eliminate viral strains and reduce transmission risks.

A PDF summary of the technology related to light activated layers can be downloaded from the following link: Antimicrobial Coatings for Touch Surfaces.

Antimicrobial coatings
Worldwide agents and distributors

Gencoa Ltd has recently hired Joel Smolka of Technical Component Sales to manage Gencoa's Sales Operations in North America with a key focus on sales and distribution for Gencoa's Optix gas sensing product.

Smolka has extensive experience providing sales leadership and business development to vacuum technology organizations across a diverse range of products including vacuum hardware, electrical feedthroughs, chambers, pumps, valves, electron beam, magnetrons and complete thin film deposition systems. Smolka will be based out of Pittsburgh, PA, USA and can be contacted at:

Technical Component Sales
Joel Smolka
Office: 724-691-0936
Cell: 339-788-0470

Additionally, regional support across USA is covered by the following representatives in the states listed:

NPB Technology Group (AZ, Southern CA, CO, HI, Southern NV, UT)
IES Technical Sales (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
US Technologies West (Northern CA, NM, Northern NV)

Gencoa also have European-based agents and sales representatives in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Turkey and UK. In Asia, sales agents cover China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

For full contact details, please refer to gencoa.com/worldwide-contacts. If your company is based outside the areas covered by a sales representative, contact sales@gencoa.com for all product enquries.

Joel Smolka
2020 Events

Gencoa will exhibit at the 13th International Conference on Coatings on Glass and Plastics (ICCG13) in Braunschweig, Germany.

The event takes runs from 23-26 March and is amongst a number of event attendances already confirmed for 2020 that also includes SVC TechCon, ICMCTF and ALD 2020.

Gencoa will also be represented in Fremont, CA at next week's Northern California Chapter AVS equipment exhibition by local agents US Technologies West.

Further events will be confirmed in the coming weeks, with an event listing available from: www.gencoa.com/exhibitions/

SVC TechCon 2019
Further information

For product information or support, contact sales@gencoa.com or visit www.gencoa.com/worldwide-contacts to find contact details of international support staff and sales agents.

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