Filmetrics, Inc. was founded in 1995 with the mission of making thin-film measurements
simple and affordable. Prior to our arrival, commercial thin-film measurement
instruments cost $50,000 or more and required operators to have advanced training.
Single measurements took several minutes, even hours.
The Filmetrics approach was to design an affordable purpose-built miniature
spectrometer system, whose low cost had just recently been made possible by
advances in silicon detector array technology. We combined this with sophisticated
software that integrated advanced thin-film expertise into a simple, intuitive
Windows interface. The result was the F20, a compact system with astounding
speed and accuracy, which line operators could be trained to use in a matter
of minutes - all at a mere fraction of the cost of traditional instruments.