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.

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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

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 visit

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:

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

Standard and Customized RTD and TC Calibrations Are Conducted in Conax Technologies Fully-Equipped Lab

Our updated Temperature Sensors and Assemblies brochure (Bulletin 6002, Rev E) is now available online with information on standard and customized calibration capabilities in our state-of-the-art lab.

Temperature capabilities in our fully-equipped lab range from -195.79°C (the boiling point of liquid nitrogen) to 1600°C. All calibrations are conducted under the guidance of our quality system, certified to AS9100D with ISO 9001:2015 and are performed by comparison techniques as defined in ASTM E220.

Using state-of-the-art measuring equipment with a custom automatic process control and data acquisition system, Conax can conduct calibrations at standard temperatures or customer specified temperatures and guarantee the accuracy of every calibration.

In addition, our fully automated thermocouple and RTD calibration system continuously monitors the outputs of each sensor and the standard while simultaneously controlling the temperature setting of the furnace.

For more information or to view samples of calibration certificates and our sensor calibration table, click here. Or to learn how Conax Technologies can create solutions to your most complex challenges, contact us today.

Power Generation Maintenance Projects on the Rise in March 2019

More than $2 billion in scheduled maintenance projects kicked off this month, much of which is attributed to the Power Generation Industry, according to Industrial Info. Almost half of the $2 billion in maintenance projects is being used for tune-ups of major chemical-processing and nuclear power facilities across the Gulf Coast and Southern U.S.

Some of these major projects include turnarounds from Southern Company, Duke Energy Company and Nucor Corporation.

This maintenance and investment signifies exciting times for the Power Gen industry, as it continues to grow in the U.S. and globally. For more information on these projects, read the full article here:

Visit Conax at the 19th China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology and Equipment Exhibition in Beijing, China

Conax will be attending the 19th China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology and Equipment Exhibition in Beijing from March 27-29. This conference spans approximately 90,000 square meters of space and brings together 1,800 exhibitors with over 117,000 professional visitors from 65 countries and regions.

We are proud to again be attending this event this year and will be bringing a number of our custom solutions to showcase at our booth. We will be located at Booth W3009. The event takes place in the New China International Exhibition Center.

For more information on this year’s event and exhibitors, visit:

Conax Technologies is Attending the 2019 Shanghai International Powder Metallurgy Exhibition & Conference

Conax is excited to be attending the 2019 Shanghai International Powder Metallurgy, Cemented Carbide and Advanced Ceramics conference from March 25-27, at the World Expo Exhibition Center in Shanghai, China. This year’s exhibition will feature over 1,200 booths and welcome over 20,000 global visitors.

If you are attending this year’s event, stop by Booth A070 and talk to us about our custom solutions. For more information on this event, visit the show’s site:

Conax to Attend SEMICON China March 20-22 2019

Visit Conax at SEMICON China at Booth 2545

Conax Technologies is excited to again have a booth at SEMICON China 2019. We will be showcasing our patented EtchDefender™ technology and Profile Thermocouples.

Talk to us about our EtchDefender™ technology and learn how:

  • Longer life and lower spend
  • Less reactor downtime eliminates one to two maintenance cycles
  • Wafer throughput is increased by 2 to 5%
  • Water quality is improved by minimized likelihood of wafer contaminants
  • No change to your susceptor ring or recipe is necessary

If you are attending the show, stop by booth 2545 and talk with us about how we can provide the right solution for your needs. For more information about this year’s event, please visit

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Conax Technologies’ Solutions Used in Early Detection of Volcanic Eruptions

Conax Technologies’ Type K Thermocouples and Multi-Hole Ceramic (MHC) Seal Fittings could be seen in action on an episode of the PBS program NOVA, which aired February 20, 2019. The episode focused on the science behind early detection of volcanic explosions, specifically the measures being taken to detect the next eruption of Campi Flegrei in Italy.

The Conax type K thermocouples and MHC seal fittings were used in the inspection of the caprock, which is found beneath the earth’s surface in Naples, Italy, where Campi Flegrei resides dormant. The Conax products assisted experts in testing the strength of the caprock.

When further inspected under a microscope, the caprock was found to have formed an intertwined network of fibers which is key to the caprock’s strength. Scientists believe that it was the increased strength provided by the fibers that kept Campi Flegrei from erupting in the 1980s.

In addition to testing the caprock, scientists in Naples have implemented additional sensors for temperature, ground deformations, anomalies in gravity, geochemical activity, and more to monitor volcanic activity. The new innovation of sound wave detection through measurement of velocity of waves in the sea is also assisting in this early detection. Scientists say the key to survival of the imminent eruption is early detection and evacuation.

At Conax, we’re proud of the role our innovative solutions play in helping scientists predict early volcanic activity. For more information, or to watch the full episode, visit PBS here:

Conax Technologies on PBS