Mr Gambetti, what are the key competencies of the company Gambetti?
Company Gambetti has had 46 years of experience in work with vacuum, plasma and thin film technologies. All the products we manufacture are mechanic and electronic equipment. Regarding the components used in our systems we employ the services of companies- producers which hold leadership positions on the market, so that in case of necessity they can provide tech support worldwide.
Tell about the history of your company, please. Company Gambetti Kenologia was founded in 1974 by Glauco Gambetti. On the grounds of his managerial experience obtained in the Swiss firm Balzers AG (renown manufacturer of the vacuum technologies) Mr Gambetti decided to set his own company for importing technologies of the sector dealing with vacuum and thin films from the USA, the UK, France, Germany. To establish and keep customer loyalty the company made a decision to develop the sphere of tech support thus we offered our clients a full range of services for technical support of the delivered equipment.
Around 2002, owing to the experience accumulated during the work with plasma equipment for semiconductors, the decision to start the production of the desk-top plasma instrumentation of the company Gambetti such as Colibrì, Tucano and Heron was made.
The founder of the company Glauco Gambetti is one of the creators of the Italian Association of Producers in the sector of vacuum technologies AIV (Associazione Italiana del Vuoto).
What are the underlying factors of success of the company Gambetti? The key to success of the company Gambetti is in the attention and respect for the client. From the very moment of the creation of our business we have never left the clients unattended , we have always tried to render full support. The Instrumentation we produce is also engineered to guarantee its reliable performance within a long period of time, it satisfies the requirements of the continuity of processes.
This was made possible due to the usage of quality complementing parts from the reliable suppliers though it increases the final cost of the product, eventually it ensures high appraisals from the consumers.
What is the position of the company Gambetti on the market of vacuum equipment? The company has held a firm place on the Italian market for 46 years. And there is acclaim and respect at the international market, the company is regarded as a serious partner worthy of trust.
Mr Gambetti, what are the main fields of application of Gambetti solutions? The main fields of application are: cleaning of surface pollution, improvement of the glue, paint and welding surfaces adhesion.
In the biomedical sector – for cleaning titanium implants or in dialysis for better wettability properties of filters, in microfluidics, and also for cleaning metals with the purpose of surface oxide removal.
Besides that in microelectronics and photonics – for photoresist removal or in the processes of etching during the removal of silicon or other wafers.
Lately there have been a lot of talks about the technology of plasma etch cleaning, what is your assessment of its prospects? Tell more about this technology.
I think that the plasma technology implementation will grow significantly. In the course of time the size of devices has drastically decreased. If we recollect a PC from the 80s and compare it to an iPhone of the latest generation, we will admit that a small in size contemporary gadget can boast incompatibly greater functionality and performance. The smaller in size become the objects or the more sophisticated they are created (it is also important that the surfaces of these devices have the properties making them suitable for application in the indicated spheres) the more and more popular solutions become plasma technologies.
Give more details about the new equipment Tucano XL – plasma apparatus RIE Anisotropic & Isotropic, and the perspectives it has.
The idea of this new product originated because we had noticed the need in certain research centers and companies which wanted to create prototypes. They needed plasma at lower costs and the devices that would work in the Reactive Ion Etching mode (RIE). The consumer has the demand for using a turbo molecular pump for working under the conditions of the pressure lower than the standard plasma cleaning models feature.
How does the technology of plasma cleaning work in this instrumentation? This system can function in two different modes. The first mode is called RIE – Reactive Ion Etching and it allows to polarize the sample holder with RF up to 13,56 MHz. This type of plasma is anisotropic, it creates a more dense flow of ions to the surface. This parameter is satisfied by plasma. It is highly active, its beam is focused, which under condition of using fluorinated gases allows to clean the surfaces of such materials as silicon – for the creation of microstructures. The system was designed in such a fashion as to obtain the maximum linearity. In reality its work looks like this: the process gas is injected from the upper electrode and pressured down by the turbo molecular pump to create its directed flow to the treated surface. Besides that the system can work in the mode of cleaning because with the help of the vacuum switch we can also polarize the upper electrode. This plasma mode is called isotropic, it is not beamed as in RIE (Reactive Ion Etching). That is why the density of the flow towards the sample is lower and allows to treat more delicate materials as polymers.
The parts from what companies do you use in the manufacturing of your instrumentation? We use the components from the main producers of vacuum systems such as VAT, Edwards, MKS, SMC, COMET.
Colibri, Tucano, Heron, – why did you use these names for the plasma equipment? Where did the idea come from? The primary reason is that the first plasma system which we created was Colibri. We decided to give the instrumentation the kind of name which would imply its small size. That is why we chose it to be Colibri – the hummingbird in Italian. Then the other plasma equipment got the names of birds Tucano (toucan) and Heron.
Mr Gambetti, what tasks are the prime ones for the development of technologies? What solutions does the company offer? Currently we are modernizing all the electronic controls components and the plasma generators of our own manufacture using the method of SMT, Surface Mount Technology.
What solution do you have for tackling the task of 3D assembling? It is difficult to integrate vacuum plasma with 3D printing systems, though the improvement of the quality of printed biomaterials or polymer materials makes sense. The integration is almost impossible while plasma under the atmospheric pressure is already used in this industry.
Does your company have partners among research centers or facilities working on the production of the new equipment? We are partners with several major Italian universities such as Pisa School of St Anna (la Scuola S. Anna di Pisa), Genovese University(l’Università di Genova), and Italian Technological College (l’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia IIT).
What innovations of Gambetti are the most important from your point of you? I believe that digitization through the Internet of things will become the next step for your products to become more attractive of the market.
What are the main spheres of technological development? We plan to launch the systems for consumers with small budgets, introduce into the market the solutions for cleaning the samples for microscopes (TEM).
Mr Gambetti, how important for Gambetti is the Russian market? What is your evaluation of the Russian market of the vacuum equipment? The Russian market is important as Russian scientific researches in different fields have always been on the top level, that is why we are very happy that our instrumentation has acquired highest appraisal and enjoys demand in such a large country as yours.
Who is the representative of your company in Russia? Our company has been represented by MIVATEK LLC since 2018. The owners made a really good impression. We got acquainted with the company MIVATEK LLC in Milan. We got attracted by their well-reasoned and serious motivation to offer and perform the service of our equipment.
What are the plans to develop business at the Russian market? Nowadays because of the COVID-19 pandemic it is difficult to plan, nevertheless we intend to fully support MIVATEK LLC and our Russian clients.