The Fraunhofer IST maintains an international network in the field of HIPIMS technology. Within this network, close contact exists with a large number of manufacturers of HIPIMS generators, suitable plasma diagnostics, and process monitoring and control. From the principal feasibility through to industrial pre-series or transfer to the customer, the Fraunhofer IST covers the entire range of development steps.
The Fraunhofer IST has unique equipment at its disposal for the development of customer-specific HIPIMS processes. On industrial coating facilities with the latest pulse technology, individual projects can be realized - from feasibility through to scaling-up to production level. In addition to coating and process development, the Fraunhofer IST offers individual training and courses as well as consultation and support - from the initial idea all the way through to implementation with an international network.
The Fraunhofer IST has numerous commercially available HIPIMS generators at its disposal. Should the desired power supply not be included here, an individual solution can be found as a result of close contact with virtually all suppliers. Commercial HIPIMS generators are currently available at the Fraunhofer IST from the following manufacturers: hipV AB, Magpuls GmbH, Melec GmbH, nano4energy SL, Starfire Industries LLC, Trumpf Hüttinger, ZPulser LLC.
For the active control of reactive HIPIMS processes, the Fraunhofer IST uses systems from Gencoa (Speedflo) and PLASUS (EMICON). Furthermore, the Fraunhofer IST is developing solutions for active process control on the basis of lambda probes and, in cooperation with industrial partners, on the basis of optical emission spectroscopy.