High throughput plasma treatment system

  • US 6,808,592 B1
  • Filed: 04/09/2001
  • Issued: 10/26/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/05/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for the plasma treatment of a plurality of parts at one time, comprising:

  • a reaction chamber having an open bottom;

    a chamber base sealingly engageable with said bottom of said reaction chamber to form a treatment chamber;

    a lifting device coupled with said reaction chamber and operable to lift said reaction chamber from said chamber base;

    a guide along which each of the plurality of parts may be moved from a position outside of said treatment chamber to a plurality of treatment positions within said treatment chamber;

    a transfer mechanism operable to transfer the plurality of parts along said guide from said position outside of said treatment chamber to said plurality of treatment positions within said treatment chamber when said reaction chamber is disengaged from said chamber base;

    a plasma-generating device operable to produce a plasma within said treatment chamber for treating the plurality of parts when positioned in said plurality of treatment positions; and

    an electronic control system that controls said transfer mechanism for transferring the plurality of parts to said plurality of treatment positions.

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