Launched in 2009 by Scott Grimshaw, Colnatec has created new high temperature quartz crystal microbalances, or QCMs, used to monitor atomic level thin film coating processes. These are now being used in:
- Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD)
- Solar cell manufacturing (CIGS)
- Mobile display manufacturing (OLED)
- Optical Coatings (PVD)
- Food packaging (R2R)
- High speed electrical devices (MBE)
- Architectural glass (In-Line)
- Semiconductor wafer processing (CVD)
Through the use of patented technologies and product innovations, researchers, manufacturers, and system-builders are now able to monitor high temperature thin film processes real time, from 20-500°C.
Holder of numerous patents Colnatec received the Department of Energy SBIR Phase I and II awards for a self-cleaning process control sensor used in manufacturing CIGS solar cells. This sensor extends crystal life indefinitely and enables solar cell manufacturers to achieve cell and module efficiencies well beyond the status quo. Colnatec is also one of eight winners of the inaugural Arizona Commerce Authority Innovation Challenge Grant Program for promoting innovation in the technology sector.