Vacuum Trainer Photo Gallery


Here are some photographs of Vacuum Training Systems in use. If you have photos of your vacuum training apparatus, commercial or homebrew, and are willing to share, please let me know via the contact form.

The polytechnics in Singapore have made a substantial investment in vacuum education. The picture above shows me at Temasek Polytechnic in December, 1999 completing the installation of several MKS Instruments Vacuum Training Systems. In attendance were faculty, students and officials from the Education Ministry.

Shown above is the installation at Hillsborough Community College in a session conducted around 2000. Standing with the Santa tie is Dr. Richard Gilbert.

This shot was taken in the late 1990s at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA. Here we were conducting a training session for faculty from across Virginia. Back to is Dr. Richard Gilbert, this time without the tie (or any tie). With him is Dr. Marilyn Barger. Marilyn and Richard are both faculty at the University of South Florida and are very active is Advanced Technology Education.

Here is a very happy looking (in spite of his coming down with the flu) Bob Decker with his new VPAL-A in his workshop at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY. Bob had just taken possession of the prototype hot wire evaporation chamber. Bob's educational program is focussed on nanotechnology. This photo dates from late winter 2008.

Back in Singapore in August 2008, here is a picture taken in the plasma training lab at Republic Polytechnic. Republic has 5 PPTS plasma trainers and 5 VTS-1B vacuum trainers. At the front, right is Dr. Yang Hong of the academic staff. Behind her in the blue shirt is Chong Phow Loong, the program chair. I am at the back left with Andy Tan of MKS Singapore.

Here is another photo of Republic's PPTS-1A installation. Each of the systems is equipped with an MKS/ENI VI Probe (the sensor is the little gray box at the very top of the cathode stalk), a nifty device that shows the plasma impedance and other parameters. The software incorporates a Smith chart display.
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