Bühler offers a global network of application centers dedicated to customer innovations. The thin-film application center in Alzenau, Germany, is the latest addition to this network. Spanning over 1200 square meters, it includes a testing area, a high-tech laboratory, as well as a state-of-the art research and development area. Bühler invested approximately one million Swiss francs ($1 million) in this state-of-the-art facility.
“With this application center and the latest technology in optics vacuum coaters, we are able to further expand our application portfolio as well as our services on product qualification,” said Antonio Requena, CEO and managing director of Bühler’s Business Area Leybold Optics.
The application center includes 11 coating machines of the latest generation like the DynaJet, a vacuum sputter system for metalizing, the Leybold Optics FLC for flexible films, a Helios, the high-precision coater for top-grade products, and the new Leybold Optics IBS for laser applications. With these machines, the entire portfolio from Bühler Leybold Optics is covered in the application center to provide the customers the necessary support for their applications.
Bühler Leybold Opics has achieved significant growth in recent years with a number of customer solutions. With its vacuum deposition equipment, Bühler Leybold Optics contributes to higher energy efficiency, comfort and food preservation. For instance, buildings with coated facade glass from Bühler Leybold Optics require up to 50% less energy for heating and cooling. Thin-film applied on Bühler solutions ranges from functional optics coatings for window glass to headlight reflectors as well as flexible packaging. Coatings for ophthalmic and precision optics products such as lenses, lasers, or high-end telescopes complete the Leybold Optics product portfolio.