300mm fab equipment spending to reach new high in 2023

After a 2019 downturn, 300mm fab equipment spending is expected to peak in 2023, according to the SEMI Industry Research and Statistics group. 300mm fab equipment spending has taken a downturn in 2019 but is expected to seesaw—slowly recovering in 2020, taking off in 2021, lagging in 2022, and ultimately rebounding to an all-time spending peak in 2023.

Korea, Taiwan and China are expected to be the top-spending regions, with Europe/Mideast and Southeast Asia also showing increases between 2019 and 2023.

According to semi.org, “…the 300mm Fab Outlook report details fab investments across construction and equipment, as well as fab capacities and technologies investment for DRAM, NAND, foundry, logic, and a host of other products manufactured on 300mm wafers.”

In addition, the number of semiconductor fabs in operation is expected to increase more than 30 percent by 2023.

For more information and to read the full 300mm Fab Outlook report, click here.

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Conax Technologies’ 50-year heritage in the aerospace industry

Conax Technologies has a rich history in the aerospace industry. For over 50 years, customers have relied on Conax’s experience and innovative designs to create both standard and one-of-a-kind solutions for a variety of aerospace applications.

Conax became a leader in aerospace solutions when our explosive activated valves were used in NASA’s Project Mercury. Along with John Glenn, Conax Technologies’ parts helped the first American orbit the Earth.

From there, Conax parts were used in the F-16 Fighting Falcon for the United States Airforce, the Rolls Royce V22 Osprey for the US Department of Defense, and the Airbus—one of the world’s leading commercial passenger jets.

In addition, Conax solutions have been utilized in the Rolls Royce T56A427 Series, the BF Goodrich Pratt & Whitney Engines, the CFM56 Engine, the Delta IV Rocket, and more. Plus, Conax led the way as the first in the industry to receive AS9100 D certification.

We’re proud to have been a trusted leader in aerospace solutions for over 50 years, and we look forward to serving our customers in the industry for many years to come. View our video or visit our Aerospace Solutions page to find out more. Ready to get started? Contact us today.

Order now for the fall Power Gen outage season

Conax is prepared for the fall outage season, are you?

Conax Technologies is ready to meet your needs during the fast-approaching maintenance outage season. By ordering your Conax parts now, we can ensure your order will be scheduled for delivery when you need it to avoid last minute rush orders and possible delays.

Conax Technologies has been designing and manufacturing temperature sensors for gas turbine applications for over 40 years. Our complete portfolio of world-class temperature sensors and compression seal fittings includes OEM parts, plus innovative Conax enhanced designs that deliver increased lifespan and improved performance over standard versions.

If you’re ready to place an order or want to learn more about our temperature sensors or any of our custom solutions, contact us or give us a call at +1 800 223 2389.

 

Steve Cai joins Conax as Account Manager for North China

Welcome Steve Cai to Conax Technologies’ Beijing office

Steve Cai has joined the Conax team at our Beijing office as Account Manager for North China. Before coming to Conax, Steve focused on temperature applications in the oil and gas industry as a Sales and Applications Engineer at a German process instrument company. He also previously managed his own successful temperature sensor business. Steve graduated with honors with a master’s degree in Engineering from Soochow University.

Steve enjoys engaging with customers to understand their unique temperature and sealing challenges and helping to design a solution that meets, or exceeds, their needs. He looks forward to helping to grow the International team and build the Conax brand in North China.

Outside of work, Steve enjoys reading books and learning about history. Welcome to Conax, Steve!

Conax to feature wide range of Thermocouples at SEMICON West

Visit Conax at SEMICON West Booth 1631 in the South Hall

Once again, Conax Technologies is looking forward to exhibiting at SEMICON West. This year’s event is being held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California from July 9th-11th. SEMICON West is a great opportunity to view cutting-edge technologies and learn about innovative ideas in the rapidly-changing semiconductor industry.

If you’re attending the show, be sure to stop by Booth 1631 in the South Hall to learn about our Profile and Spike Thermocouples and our thermocouple re-sheathing service.

Thermocouple re-sheathing

In some applications, the thermocouple sheath can fail the first time the temperature drops to ambient. Often this is due to the temperature dropping for unplanned maintenance. When this temperature drop occurs, the sheath on a relatively new thermocouple will break.

Conax Technologies’ quartz re-sheathing program is a cost-effective alternative to scrapping the broken thermocouple for platinum trade-in value. The re-sheathing allows you to replace only the sheath on the thermocouple, preventing the need to purchase an entirely new sensor.

Be sure to visit us at SEMICON West

Stop by Booth 1631 in the South Hall at SEMICON West to learn more about Conax Technologies’ re-sheathing service and our Profile and Spike Thermocouples. For more information on this year’s event, click here.

Have questions about any of our custom solutions? Contact us here.

Conax Technologies receives Manufacturing Innovation Award

Conax Technologies is proud to be a recipient of the Buffalo Business First Manufacturing Innovation Award. The award recognizes achievements Conax has made in manufacturing production efficiency, specifically the introduction of Inventory Optimization and the use of WIKI, a Knowledge Management System.

Conax’s introduction of Inventory Optimization is expected to drive inventory turns 12 times in 2019.  The use of WIKI allows the company to develop achievable and searchable technological solutions.

With new innovation for Conax comes growth. In 2018, overall sales for Conax increased 10% and 30% growth is anticipated in 2019.

For more information on this award and to read the full article, click here.

To learn more about Conax Technologies custom solutions, contact us. Want to be a part of the growing Conax team? Apply for our open positions here.

Semiconductor Industry Seeing Strongest Growth Since 2012

The discrete power semiconductor and optoelectronics industry has reached its strongest growth since 2012, according to SEMI. This growth is especially prevalent in automotive, networking, and IoT applications.

With the continued demand and growth within the 5G mobile communication infrastructure, the supply of 6-inch and 8-inch diameter silicon wafers is running thin. Despite the tight supply, this growth also provides opportunities for power semiconductors.

In addition, industry analysts expect capacity for compound related facilities to grow by 21% between 2017 and 2022, as well as 50% expected growth in EPI-related growth.

For more information and to read the full article, click here.

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Conax to showcase exclusive, patented sensors at 7F Users Group Annual Conference

In a few short weeks, Conax will be attending the 7F Users Group Annual Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois. During the event’s vendor fair May 21st, Conax will be at Booth 32 exhibiting our patented Spring Loaded Exhaust Gas Sensors.

Conax Technologies designed these exclusive sensors to solve the problem of premature failure experienced by standard exhaust gas sensors in 7F and 9F class turbines.

As temperatures rise, the radiation shield and sensor sheath expand at different rates. A gap forms between the seat in the radiation shield and the stop on the sensor, causing the sensor to vibrate due to gas flow velocities and input vibrations from the turbine.

The tip of the sensor then breaks, causing the sensor to fail and the gas turbine to trip.

Conax Spring Loaded Exhaust Gas Sensors have a high temperature compression spring that is inserted between two spacer tubes. The spring dampens the vibration and keeps the temperature sensor tip seated within the radiation shield. The sensor tips won’t break, so turbines run longer without the risk of premature sensor failure.

If you’ll be attending the conference, stop by Booth 32 on Tuesday, May 21st to see our patented solution. For more information on this year’s event visit http://www.powerusers.org/our-groups/7f-users-group/7f-annual-conference-2019/.

If you can’t attend the show but would like to learn more about any of our solutions, click here to take a look at our short video demo.

 

 

Visit Conax at Booth 205 at the ISA Analysis Division Symposium to see our newest solutions

Conax Technologies will be attending the 64th ISA Analysis Division Symposium in Galveston, Texas May 5th-9th at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

At this year’s show, we’ll be showcasing our brand new SPA Mechanical Assist. This device provides a mechanical means to insert and extract an Analyzer Sample Probe Assembly or Injection Quill into a pressurized process pipeline and increases the pressure rating of the conventional Conax compression seal fitting. We’ll also be featuring our new Steam Heated Retractable Sample Probe Assembly, specifically designed for use in Sulfur Recovery Units (SRUs).

In addition to these new solutions, we’ll display our full line of Sample Probe Assemblies (SPAs) and Retractable Sensor Assemblies (RSAs).

Conax SPAs are designed to insert and retract an Analyzer Sample Probe into a closed-loop pressurized process pipeline through a process isolation valve.

Conax RSAs are designed to insert and retract an RTD or thermocouple into a closed-loop pressurized process pipeline or storage vessel through a process isolation valve. All Conax RSAs can be supplied with a straight shank thermowell or for direct immersion of the temperature sensor sheath.

If you are attending this year’s symposium, stop by Booth 205 to see these Conax solutions. For more information this year’s event visithttp://www.adsymposium.org/.

If you can’t attend the show but would like to learn more about our newest solutions, visit our website here.

Conax to attend the 44th annual Spring CTOTF

Conax will be attending the 44th annual Spring Combustion Turbine Operations Technical Forum (CTOTF) in St. Augustine, Florida on April 29th. The spring event is being held at the World Golf Village Renaissance Hotel.

Conax Technologies is proud to be an exhibitor at this spring’s CTOTF trade show. If you are attending the show, visit us at Booth 47 to see our Spring-Loaded Exhaust Gas Sensors, which eliminate premature sensor failures in 7F and 9F class turbines. These patented sensors are built to withstand vibrations caused by gas flows, input vibrations and thermal expansion mismatch. This increased stability allows turbines to run longer without the risk of premature sensor failure.

For more information on the spring show, visit: http://www.ctotf.org/Conference/2019/Spring/Spring2019Conference.html

If you can’t attend the spring conference, but would like to learn more about our Spring Loaded Exhaust Gas Sensor, click here.