November 2022

Monthly roundup from Raymax Lasers

1 November 2022

Raymax has a foot in the semiconductor industry

In a recent series published in auManufacturing, the author Brent Balinski explored manufacturing of semiconductors in Australia. His findings – Australia really isn’t at the starting block let alone becoming a budding manufacturing sector. Balinski concurs, ‘The nation’s dearth of semiconductor manufacturing creates a strategic vulnerability, and it should build up manufacturing capability in areas matched to research strengths, according to an Australian Strategic Policy Institute report published today.’ The report by Alex Capri, a research fellow, and Emeritus Professor Bob Clark entitled Australia’s semiconductor national moonshot provides some starting insights. The former prime minister, Scott Morrison, identified that semiconductors was one of the seven areas of manufacture where Australia needs to establish a sovereign industry. Taiwan currently produces 60% of the world’s chips with China predicted to substantially extend growth in this area in the near future.

If you’d like to read more, here is the most recent article from the series:

For a number of years, Raymax has promoted the use of lasers for the production of semiconductors. The recent amalgamation of Lasea and Optec has resulted in the production of unrivalled micromachining systems. These laser systems are specifically designed for ablating thin layers of sensitive material such as the surface of semiconductors. Lasers beams are accurate, precise and offer repeatability for surface treatment. Optec has developed a number of systems, which allow the creation of simple and more “exotic” micro and nano-structures using ultra short pulse and excimer sources in order to broaden the range of materials that can be processed.

Optec lasers systems are suitable for ablation of small or large surfaces while retaining high precision during operation. You can find the most suitable system available by discussing your needs with Raymax!

Applied Spectra

Applied Spectra transforms the way the world does chemistry! Raymax has been appointed the exclusive distributor to Australia and New Zealand. These excimer laser based systems will add to our existing capability expanding opportunities to other users with LIBS, Laser Ablation and LA-ICP-MS (Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry). Raymax is already servicing the current local installed base and will continue with this support.

Talking about LIBS – Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy. A wide number of tasks can be carried out with this technology. Uses for a J200 LIBS instrument include:

  • analysing chemically strengthened glass to identify the QC of K/Na exchange process, a production step that enhances glass strength for improved scratch and fracture performance.
  • allowing the shale industry to rapidly obtain a preliminary indication of natural gas rich areas based on its ability to perform spatial analysis of C and H content, as well as the mineralogy of those areas.
  • identifying coltan mineral ores important for electronic manufacturing from conflict zones.
  • the ability to distinguish between forensic paint samples using unique fingerprint-like data and depth profiling capabilities in comparing trace evidence from a crime scene to a suspect.
  • sensitive micro-analysis of electronic components – a rapid lead (Pb) analysis of thin solder plating on semiconductor leadframes.

If we talk exceptional laser ablation then the focus shifts to Applied Spectra’s RESOlution-SE. This system incorporates ATL Laser technology, a system which Raymax already boasts expertise and experience. Supported by Laurin Technic sample cell and pioneering GeoStar µGIS™ software the RESOlution-SE is highly suited to geological analysis of Isotope ratios, transparent gases and Geochronology.

At Raymax we are excited to be able to offer the range of Applied Spectra products and look forward to discussions about suitable applications.