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Moxtek

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help create an image that can beam to a
screen, he adds.

Manufacturing Processes
Both of Moxtek's divisions operate in a
nine-building manufacturing campus
in Orem, with 122,000 square feet of total space, which includes 32,000 square
feet of cleanroom space. The company
is ISO 9001 and ITAR-certified.
Moxtek uses brazing and vacuum
processing techniques to manufacture its X-ray tube products. Moxtek
uses a proprietary state-of-the-art
nano-scale patterning technology
to produce its optics products. The
polarizers manufactured by the
company are composed of wires that
are 30 nanometers in width placed
on top of substrates that are eight
inches in diameter.
All products undergo extensive
quality testing. "Our products are well
characterized during development;
once in production, we continue to
monitor the quality of the product
with regular in-line testing," the company says. "This allows us to control

technical knowledge and
innovation have been key
parts of moxtek's dna since
its inception.

our processes as well as ensure the
quality of products we deliver."
Characterization-testing
procedures include measuring the performance of products on equipment
Moxtek designed in-house in conjunction with local universities. During
manufacturing, process engineers
monitor products and processes using standard statistical process control methods. "Our engineering group
does a very good job looking at where
potential failures might be and fixing
the root cause," Critchfield says.

History of Innovation
Technical knowledge and innovation
have been a part of the company's DNA
since its founding in 1986. The company was started following the development of an ultra-thin polymer X-ray
window that is able to detect materials
on the low-Z end of the periodic table.
"Before this window was developed,
windows made of beryllium were
commonly used, but they have a lim-

it," Critchfield says. "Before our window was developed, you couldn't detect lithium, carbon or nitrogen; our
products opened up these elements.
[Our X-ray window] was a pretty big
breakthrough, and because of it we
were able to capture a huge portion of
the scientific research market."
The company entered the detection
product market after customers approached it about developing a XRF
detection tool. Developing such a
tool required Moxtek to develop and
produce portable X-ray tubes. "Usually X-ray tubes are very large and
heavy and need a lot of power to run,"
Critchfield says. "We were able to develop a miniature X-ray tube that can
be run off of a battery."
The company was purchased by
Japanese company Polatechno Inc. in
2004. Polatechno continues to invest
in Moxtek's manufacturing capabilities. This includes building a new facility for the company's optics group
in Orem, he adds. mt
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