INFICON Receives R&D 100 Award for Protec P3000 Helium Leak Detector

R&D 100 Award Recognizes Contribution to Quality Leak Testing in Demanding Production Environments

Syracuse, NY — July 28, 2006: INFICON, a leading provider of vacuum instrumentation and process control software for the semiconductor and vacuum-coating industries and other industrial applications, has been honored with a prestigious R&D 100 Award, presented annually by R&D Magazine to recognize the 100 most technologically significant new products and processes of the year, as judged by a panel of experts selected by this leading trade publication. The company’s winning entry is the Protec ™ P3000 Helium Leak Detector.

The award-winning INFICON Protec P3000 Helium Leak Detector with patented Wise Technology ™ provides manufacturers with the reliability and speed they need to improve their process for maximum productivity. The Protec P3000 answers industries’ call for dedicated sniffer leak detection that is tolerant of variations in operator technique, reducing the potential for missed leaks and poor quality in the end product. With the Protec P3000, manufacturers can find leaks on the production line and avoid expensive rework at final test. Reliable leak detection enables quality products to be built, reducing warranty costs and increasing the warranty period. The Protec P3000 detects leaks in RAC components and assemblies, which results in less environmentally damaging refrigerants (HFS, HCs, etc.) being released to the atmosphere, reducing the greenhouse effect.

Lukas Winkler, president and chief executive officer, comments, “We are very pleased to again receive this coveted award, clearly demonstrating INFICON’s continuing commitment to excellence in technology. Our emphasis on R&D for innovative products that address the critical business issues of our customers, maximizing equipment utilization and productivity, is what allows us to maintain our leadership position in multiple markets.”

For more information, contact INFICON, Two Technology Place, East Syracuse, NY 13057-9714, +1.315.434.1100, email:,

INFICON is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and advanced process control software for the semiconductor, vacuum coating, and general vacuum process industries. These analysis, measurement and control products are vital to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users in the complex manufacturing of semiconductors, flat panel displays, magnetic and optical storage media and precision optics. INFICON also provides essential instrumentation for gas leak detection to the air conditioning/refrigeration industries and toxic chemical analysis for the emergency response and security markets. With executive offices in Syracuse, New York, INFICON has world-class manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe and worldwide offices in the U.S., China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. INFICON is a publicly listed company, registered with the Swiss Stock Exchange (SWX). For more information about INFICON and its products, please visit the Company's website at

INFICON Receives R&D 100 Award for Protec P3000 Helium Leak Detector
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