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VDI’s Product Development Engineer Receives Technical Award at AIMCAL R2R Conference 2019

Rob Malay, Ph.D., Product Development Engineer at VDI, was the recipient of the John Matteucci Technical Excellence Award at this year’s AIMCAL R2R Conference 2019. He received the award for his paper titled “Utilizing Plasmon Mediated Constructive Interference for Selective Wavelength Reflection with Roll-to-Roll Physical Vapor Deposition.”

Malay also had the opportunity to present his paper during the Advanced R2R Film session of the conference.

He articulated his findings on sputtered coatings having historically seen a wide variety of uses, from functional films in electronics, to passively integrated optical filters, to decorative and aesthetically appealing applications. Roll-to-roll sputter deposition has typically not seen the type of advanced optical and tribological coating that is seen on glass substrates and silicon wafers. Using reflective metal layers coated with finely controlled sputtered dielectric films, tunable wavelength reflection can be achieved. The reflective wavelengths are generated through constructive interference of the incident reflective light with surface plasmons resonating at the metal-dielectric interface. This work will demonstrate its use in the visible spectrum with generated colors. However, other wavelength ranges, such IR and UV, have also been demonstrated.

The John Matteucci Technical Award honors, John Matteucci who was recognized around the world as a leader in the field of web coatings. His Inspiration to both AIMCAL and the international conferences on vacuum web coating lead to the development of this prestigious award being given to the authors of the best paper in each of the web coating and the vacuum web coating tracks.

Congratulations to Rob Malay, Ph.D.!

VDI® Product Development Manager highlights manufacturing advances

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Robert Malay, Ph.D., Product Development Manager at VDI, recently co-authored an article for Converting Quarterly entitled “Establishing the flexible-glass R2R coating ecosystem.” The article highlights the advances recently made in flexible-glass R2R ecosystem that enables pilot and manufacturing-level processing.

Read the article here.

Converting Quarterly is the official publication and technical journal for the Assn. of International Metallizers, Coaters & Laminators. Since first published by AIMCAL in 2011, it has become the No. 1 print and online technical resource for the web-processing, converting and finishing industries. CQ serves the technical information needs of coater, laminator, film-maker, flexographic/gravure printer, slitter/sheeter and finishing professionals with a quarterly printed magazine, weekly email newsletter, Mobile apps and 24-7 Website. Circulation: 21,882

VDI® Invests in New Equipment, Increases Capacity

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New vacuum metallizer will expand capabilities and allow VDI to better serve customers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jan. 22, 2019 – VDI, a subsidiary of LINTEC Corporation, today announces a significant investment in new equipment for improved manufacturing with the purchase of a new, world-class vacuum metallizer.
The state-of-the-art equipment will allow VDI to better serve customers in the window film, specialty solutions and industrial products markets.

This latest machine addition at VDI is the highest productivity metallizer available and supports material up to 96 inches in width. It has the lowest level of consumption power and raw materials, combined with excellent, consistent coating quality.

“By making this significant investment, we’re continuing our efforts to provide the best quality coatings to our customers,” said Steve Sorrentino, Director of Sales at VDI. “This new vacuum metallizer will increase our capacity, improve customer service and create more opportunities for our company and partners.”

The machine will be fully operational at VDI’s Louisville facility in the second half of 2019. To learn more about VDI’s capabilities, visit

About VDI

VDI, a subsidiary of Lintec Corp., is a key industry solutions provider to larger companies – serving as one of the nation’s leading custom roll-to-roll metallizers of evaporative deposition, sputtered deposition and electron-beam deposition coatings. VDI’s primary business and production site is in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, please visit

Lintec (LUSA) acquires Vacuum Depositing, Inc.

Lintec and VDI logos symbolizing the acquisition

WOBURN, MA–(Marketwired – Nov 8, 2016) – Lintec USA Holding, Inc., a subsidiary of Lintec Corporation, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Vacuum Depositing, Inc., a leader in roll-to-roll deposition of evaporative, sputtered, and dielectric coatings on flexible substrates. The company, located in Louisville, Kentucky, has long been a top quality supplier and platform for innovation to such markets as Barrier Films, Security Coatings, and Window Films.

“The deal came together because both parties see the opportunity for substantial value creation for stakeholders, our customers, and the industries we serve,” says David Bryant, from VDI® .

You can read the full press release here.

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