Putting Light to Work for 30 Years!

k-Space is celebrating 30 years of putting light to work. 

Thirty years of helping the world’s leading research centers, innovators, and technology makers develop, monitor, control, and manufacture their products in the thin-film, semiconductor, solar, and glass markets, to name just a few.  

We love this quote from Darryl Barlett, CEO: “After 30 years it’s still so satisfying to walk into a laboratory or a manufacturing facility and see our metrology tools being used in real-time for process monitoring and control.”

You can find k-Space tools installed in research labs and manufacturing sites in over 30 countries and on every continent (except Antarctica, for now). Check it out. The spec sheet for our first-ever commercial product, the KSA 300. 

Bonus! This picture is from about 30 years ago. That’s k-Space founders Darryl Barlett and Roy Clarke, physics professor Frank Tsui (behind Roy), and three Vieetech reps. 

AVS Speech

k-Space’s own Dr. Barry Wissman gave a presentation on Thin Film Metrology and the origins of k-Space at the American Vacuum Society (AVS) Michigan Chapter welcome banquet earlier this month on the campus of Michigan State University. Barry mentioned how great it was to meet so many young people who are interested in science, physics, and metrology.

We Are Growing

You may already know that k-Space expanded into a second building, the North Building, in 2020. The North Building houses our newest production facilities, along with additional offices, a second conference room, and twelve 3D printers.

We recently added a massive “pole barn” next to the North Building. This will house parts, equipment, and other materials.  

On the Road. Again!

After a two-year hiatus, we were excited to participate in our first trade show of 2022, the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF) in San Diego, California. Your favorite Technical Sales Engineers, Dave and Chipo, were there and enjoyed talking to all the attendees. Next, Dave and Richard Thomson, our European distributor, exhibited k-Space products at ICMBE in England. Then several more of us attended NAMBE in lovely Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Next up, we are an exhibitor and sponsor at IWN, Berlin. Then we finish out the year at AVS 68, in Pittsburgh.  Got a show you think k-Space should support? Let us know. And for a list of all the conferences k-Space is attending, visit our Trade Shows page.

Metrology: The Next Generation.

The k-Space intern program provides hands-on work for STEM students, and this year’s k-Space interns proved eager to meet the challenge.

Caymen Cline is attending the University of Michigan – Dearborn, working towards a BSE in Computer Engineering. Jack Crandall attends the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and is working towards a BS in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. Both interns contributed significantly to production and research projects this summer at k-Space.

Do you offer internship opportunities? How do you reward their efforts?  

What’s Your Story?

Do you have an interesting metrology story you want to share with the world? We can help craft it into a news release, success story, or social media post.

We can write it, edit it, and post it to our site with your sign-off. If interested, send your suggestions and questions to our Marketing Manager.

Be Our Guest

Reminder: We are always delighted to provide a tour of k-Space facilities for our customers. Our growing facilities are located approximately 30 miles from Detroit Metro Airport, and border Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of the University of Michigan. 

University of Michigan

Thin Film and Industrial Metrology Systems

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