Vacuum Deposition Week | May 2021

AIMCAL Hybrid Converting School

Roll-to-Roll Vacuum Deposition Week | May 24-28, 2021

Member Price: $699 USD
Non-Member Price: $899 USD

Converting School Week - Online Course with Live Instructor Monday - Friday!
One Week Course from May 24 - 28, 2021 | Live Online Course from 11am - 1pm EDT Each Day,
BONUS: Final Class includes Private, 1-on-1 Meeting with Instructor

Course Instructor:

- Dr. Charles Bishop -

On leaving school at 16 Charles served a four-year Craft Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering. During this time he also studied to gain O.N.C. and H.N.C in mechanical engineering at the local Technical College. On completing the apprenticeship as a Toolmaker,  winning a ‘Best student’ award on the way, he entered Loughborough University and studied for a B.Sc. in Materials Engineering. On gaining an Honours degree and a Diploma in Industrial Studies he moved to the Physics Department to research into vacuum deposition processes and went on to gain both an M.Phil. and Ph.D. by research and thesis. His career began at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI plc). as a senior research scientist in Surface Engineering within the New Science Group. During his time within ICI he worked for business as diverse as Nylons, Polyesters, Explosives, Imagedata and Flex Products Inc. Projects included taking laboratory processes through to production, the technical input during the company selection process for the acquisition of a vacuum deposition company, troubleshooting a new $45M explosives production line, technology scanning to provide new technologies as part of a route to new markets as well as numerous smaller product development tasks. During this time, work was carried out in the USA and Europe.

In 1998, Charles established his own business, C.A.Bishop Consulting Ltd., offering help on all aspects of vacuum deposition including system design, process development and scale-up, process control, plasma surface treatments and coatings, as well as troubleshooting existing processes and running training courses.

Charles has published over 60 technical papers, has 5 patents and has conducted training courses in the UK, USA, India and Europe. In 2007 his book Vacuum Deposition onto Webs, Films & Foils was published and this was followed in 2010 by a second book Roll-to-roll vacuum deposition of barrier coatings.

Course Description

In this Roll-to-Roll Vacuum Deposition course, we will start with the basics. Why use a vacuum, pumping & pressure monitoring and leaks and testing. We'll review different substrates and quality. And spend time understanding the different deposition processes. Thursday will be the process considerations and troubleshooting day.

This is an online course that will be presented as Live, 2-hour classes each day for one week. Live Instructor online everyday from 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT. Each class will include a public session, in which participants can present their questions for group discussion with the instructor. For the final class on Friday, participants can schedule private sessions in which individual participants can discuss their specific questions with the instructor for a 15-minute private meeting. 

Course Outline

Join other participants everyday from Monday - Friday for a Live Session with the instructor. You will receive links via email for the Live Sessions a week before the class begins.

Roll-to-Roll Vacuum Deposition Course:

Day 1:  Monday, May 24:   
  • Vacuum deposition basics
  • Why use a vacuum
  • Pumping and pressure monitoring
  • Humidity
  • Leaks and testing
Day 2:  Tuesday, May 25:  
  • Flexible substrates & winding
  • Substrate materials: polymer, paper, metal, glass/ceramic, fabric
  • Substrate quality – coating defects
  • Winding considerations


Day 3:  Wednesday, May 26
  • Deposition processes
  • Evaporation, thermal, induction, electron beam
  • Magnetron sputtering
  • Others


Day 4:  Thursday, May 27
  • System & process considerations & troubleshooting
  • Substrate thermal management
  • Coating uniformity
  • Reactive processes
  •  Troubleshooting


BONUS: Friday, May 28:
Participants discuss their specific questions or concerns with the instructor in private, 1-on-1 meetings.
Signup form will be completed during week to schedule specific time slots.

Upon completing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion.


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Contact AIMCAL at 1-803-948-9470 or visit Contact Us page. Thank you.

5/24/2021 11:00 AM - 5/28/2021 3:00 PM
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Sign in or create an account to register Registration ends 5/24/2021 11:00 AM
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