Roll-to-Roll PVD Coating System for Flexible Glass for Applications in the Field of Flexible Electronics and Others

Roll-to-Roll PVD Coating System for Flexible Glass for Applications in the Field of Flexible Electronics and Others

Andreas Nilsson, Tina Dietsch & Carsten Deus VON ARDENNE GmbH
Ken Nauman VON ARDENNE North America Inc.,

Ultrathin flexible glass, one of the most exciting substrate innovations in the past years, has attracted considerable interest in various fields of application, such as flexible electronics, flexible OLED, and flexible photovoltaics. VON ARDENNE has installed a roll-to-roll (R2R) PVD coater, the FOSA LabX 330 Glass, in Dresden in the beginning of 2016. It is designed and optimized for handling flexible glass with a modular winding system and versatile PVD process stations and shall prove the feasibility of R2R processing of flexible glass substrates for a variety of applications. The talk will summarize 12 months of operating the R2R coater. Furthermore, we will present the results of process and layer stack developments focusing on the experience gained from handling of flexible glass. Given the availability of both high-quality and reliable flexible glass substrates and the corresponding optimized processing equipment, the low-cost and high-volume manufacturing of flexible glass based devices with unique properties for addressing future markets seems only one step away.