Microwave Workstation speeds up experiment cycle.

Press Release Summary:

Autowave combines microwave oven with temperature sensors, vacuum system and gas handling-system under control of PC. Available frequencies are 915 MHz, 2.45 GHz and 18 GHz. GUI makes machine accessible to scientists who are not familiar with microwave hardware. Hardware and GUI are preconfigured, so researcher is free to concentrate on heating or plasma experiments. Machine is large enough for process scale-up or pilot plant installations.

Original Press Release:


Beverly, MA., Dec. 3, 2001. Communications & Power Industries, Inc., (CPI), a world leader in microwave technology, has announced the release of the Autowave microwave workstation. This new tool aids scientists working in biotechnology, ceramics and industrial research by simplifying and speeding up the experiment cycle.

The Autowave workstation integrates various functions of a microwave development laboratory into one easy-to-use machine. A simple graphical user interface (GUI) makes the machine accessable to scientists working on new methodologies but who are not familiar with microwave hardware. Because the system hardware and GUI are preconfigured, the researcher is free to concentrate on his heating or plasma experiments.

In addition to its research uses, this self-contained machine is large enough and has enough power for process scale-up or pilot plant installations. The Autowave"11 cavity layout is optimized by advanced software modelling via 2D and 3D microwave field codes.

Autowave microwave workstations are built by the Industrial Systems organization within CPI's Beverly Microwave Division (BMD), headed by division president Don Coleman. In addition to industrial heating equipment the division is also a world leader in microwave tube and transmitter technology for civil and government use.

Commenting on the new product, Mr. Coleman said, "With the creation of Autowave, we will be able to combine the speed of microwave processing with an automated PC operating environment to simplify the work of many research scientists. This will eliminate much of the drudgery of their experiments and enable them to perform more investigations in less time."

"Autowave is the product of extensive research and the resulting identification of what components are necessary to fulfill the needs of users in the scientific community," said Dr. Todd Treado, Vice President of Engineering at BMD. "We are responding to the demands of customers who want an automated machine that's easy to use but can quickly perform a large number of experiments."

Scientists of various disciplines have needed a way to perform microwave process experiments but have lacked the microwave knowledge necessary to configure their own equipment. The Autowave combines a microwave oven with temperature sensors, a vacuum system, a gas handling-system and various other options. Available operating frequencies are 915 MHz, 2.45 GHz and 18 GHz.

Communications & Power Industries is a world leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of components and systems used to generate, amplify and transmit high-power/high-frequency microwave and radio frequency signals. CPI's headquarters are in Palo Alto, California, and it has operations in California in Palo Alto, San Carlos and San Jose; in Beverly, Massachusetts; and in Georgetown, Ontario, Canada.

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