The Big Move – March 2022

As the demand for DCA’s high-quality UHV products continues to skyrocket, it was inevitable that the existing DCA headquarters would be outgrown. The time has come therefore, to relocate the factory only 2km away to the new purpose-built and eco-friendly headquarters north of Turku, Finland.

This important transition allows DCA to significantly expand its manufacturing capabilities with the site capacity more than doubling from 2000 m2 to 4500 m2.

The construction of the new headquarters was carefully chosen to minimize the environmental impact and optimize the energy efficiency.  This included replacing the traditional high carbon footprint load-bearing steel beams with massive, engineered wood beams.  The exterior of the building is clad with Siberian Larch and uses low-emissivity triple-glazed glass, providing plenty of natural light and excellent thermal insulation during the Finnish winter. The building is heated and cooled using renewable geothermal energy sourced from 4.5km deep wells. Finally, the building is primed for the installation of an impressive solar panel system that will provide enough renewable energy to meet the demand throughout the year!

A key factor when designing the layout, was to prioritize the UHV system production and guarantee the cleanliness of components progressively improves as you flow through the factory. The expansion includes the installation of new equipment to increase manufacturing capability of 1000 mm diameter chambers (P1000 and M1000), a custom-made cooling system for assembled UHV systems, and ultra-clean process gas lines.

Last but certainly not least, DCA is looking forward to welcoming new personnel across all departments. These individuals will be an essential part of DCA’s plans to increase production capacity and to continue delivering high-quality, custom-designed UHV systems with expert support for our customers.

The transition is planned for March 2022. This is not expected to affect our daily operations, but we appreciate your patience if any minor delays occur during this period.

Wishing all our customers Seasonal Greetings and a prosperous New Year!


DEMBE 2021 – Virtual Meeting

The German MBE Workshop 2021 will be organised by the Physics department of the University of Göttingen as a virtual conference. Continuing their longstanding tradition of an annual meeting for the German speaking MBE community, DCA Instruments are pleased to be a supporter.

Conference Scope

  • MBE Fundamentals
  • Semiconductor Hetero- and Nanostructures
  • 2D-materials
  • Oxides, topological insulators, magnetic materials
  • Devices and Applications
  • MBE in production and industry

China: MBE 2021 Conference

DCA Instruments (China) are excited to be the premier supporter of the Chinese National Molecular Beam Epitaxy Academic Conference.

Join us in Jiangsu Province, China from 19th to 22nd October 2021.

Why not find the time to talk with our team? Find out more about the advantages we deliver to our customers in China.

MBE2021 will  showcase research progress and future MBE developments.

Dual-P700 MBE with Automated Transfer System installed at The University of Sheffield

DCA Instruments has installed and commissioned the dual-P700 MBE system with automated transfer at The University of Sheffield. The custom-made UHV system features two P700 MBE chambers for III-V materials, a degas/preparation chamber, an analysis chamber for SIMS, and storage chamber (for up to 20 additional wafers). The automated transfer system (ATS) comprises a central distribution chamber (CDC) with a robotic arm to perform the wafer pick-up and placement. The robot is controlled by highly-sophisticated logic software that allows the user to transfer wafers to/from available chambers, as well as electronically mark wafers/holders in order to restrict access to designated chambers and avoid cross-contamination. DCA’s extensive testing of the robot transfer process ensures high accuracy and reliability. The ATS achieves significantly faster wafer processing and consequently maximises the efficiency of the system.

Ian Farrer and his team at The University of Sheffield will be using the DCA Instruments Dual-MBE System to conduct cutting-edge research into nanostructured materials (quantum dots & wires) with the aim of developing novel technology for quantum computing applications.