Headquartered in the United States, Linton Crystal Technologies has global marketing, research, development, engineering and manufacturing operations in Rochester, New York. A partner, Dalian Linton NC Machine Co. Ltd., Dalian, China, provides manufacturing and sales support for the Chinese market.
Using Kayex intellectual property as our foundation, LCT has developed new technologies to meet the ever-evolving needs of our customers.
The company’s expertise has expanded beyond the manufacture of quality equipment to include complementary products and services that will help improve our customers’ businesses. For example:
Technicians will help assemble your system and train your staff.
Full-time process engineers work with customers to optimize processes, recipes and approaches that can increase ingot size, accelerate crystal growth speed, and lower operating costs.
LCT designs and produces accessories to support these process, such as crucible handling systems and crystal handling carts.
More furnaces in operation around the world and for longer periods of time than any other manufacturer—more than 5,000
Introduced industry’s first modular design CZ Grower
Can grow germanium and gallium arsenide crystals as well as silicon
Replacement parts for machines manufactured from Kayex-era through today
Global presence, with manufacturing and support in both U.S. and China
Worldwide sales and service support
Customization of equipment
Engineering and service support staff with decades of experience
Linton Crystal Technologies is proud to have the industry’s most experienced and knowledgeable staff. Many have designed, installed and fine-tuned furnace systems for more than 30 years. Our people are the reason we are leaders in the industry, and they help ensure our customers are leaders in theirs.
A senior executive, Todd has extensive experience in international business and manufacturing, including five years of management positions with Linton’s predecessor, Kayex. He oversaw the company’s product strategies, leading development of low-power hotzone technology and expanding the process and development capabilities. He also previously directed internal quality and technical field services. Todd is a former U.S. Marine and holds a Master of Business Administration, International Business, from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.
One of our longest tenured employees, Jim has been working in process development with Linton and its predecessor companies since 1979. He brings a wealth of experience to helping customers optimize furnace operations. Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from NRI.
Gary provides technical support to our customers and manages spare parts and support of retrofit sales for our customer service team. He has extensive industry experience, having worked at Linton and its predecessor companies since 1983 managing a range of technical, installation and customer support responsibilities.
Greg is responsible for software and hardware testing as well as customer support and shop production supervision. He has more than 40 years’ experience at Linton and its predecessor companies, first hired as a mechanical assembly supervisor. He has been responsible for software and hardware testing, evaluation and troubleshooting, and took part in the publication of manuals and procedures. Greg holds an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology from State University of New York at Morrisville.
Doug Hand has more than 25 years’ experience in manufacturing engineering and sales. Prior to joining LCT, he was sales manager at Syntec Optics in Pavilion, New York. After leaving the company he served as a program manager in a contract position. His primary customer there was a division of a Fortune 50 company in the health care sector, for whom he was primarily responsible for production and metrology support. He also worked with customers in the automotive (Heads-Up Display), defense (augmented/virtual reality), and medical device (surgical theater) sectors.
Bob is responsible for equipment installation, testing, maintenance and training our customers’ operations teams. He has performed field service in the industry for more than 20 years, mostly with Linton and its predecessor companies. He has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.
Ron joined Linton in 2016 and has more than 30 years of worldwide sales and marketing experience with technology companies such as Fiberguide Industries, Ultralife Corporation, Qioptiq Imaging Solutions and Telebyte Technology, Inc. Ron earned a Bachelor of Science and Marketing from the State University of New York College at Brockport, Brockport, N.Y.
Melissa oversees all aspects of procurement of the materials and supplies for Linton. She has more than 25 years of experience in purchasing, more than 15 of which are with Linton and its predecessor Kayex. She also has experience with ISO 9001 certification, having sat on a procedure conflict committee. Melissa is trained in Total Quality Management and Lean Manufacturing and is a certified Lean Lead Facilitator. She is also an Export Compliance Professional - EAR (ECoP®). She has a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York College at Brockport, Brockport, N.Y.
John is responsible for designing and engineering next-generation Czochralski (CZ) process crystal growers and accessories. He has more than 35 years of experience in mechanical design and engineering and project leadership, more than 10 of these at Linton and its predecessor Kayex. John has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.
Brian designs and develops Linton Crystal Technologies’ system software and embedded controls systems, including new features and maintenance updates. He has nearly 15 years’ experience in software engineering and has been with Linton and, previously, Kayex since 2008. Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.
John has been involved with all aspects of CZ crystal growth in both solar and semiconductor industries since 1984. He understands the challenges of the day-to-day production and can help customers with practical solutions. John has an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Marc came to Linton Crystal Technologies with 40 years of financial management experience with Fisher & Company, a substantial privately-owned automotive supplier. As corporate controller, Marc oversaw financial reporting for a global manufacturer with several operating units including subsidiaries in Mexico, China, and Poland. He oversaw banking and treasury functions, budgeting, forecasting, audits, and insurance programs. During his career, Marc was responsible for design and implementation of manufacturing and financial systems including start up international businesses, and due diligence and integration of financial systems for acquisitions and joint ventures. He also was heavily involved in continuous improvement and cost reduction programs in the competitive automotive industry. Marc has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting; an MSM from Walsh College (Detroit, MI), and an MBA in International Business from Georgetown University.
Wu has been working in the field of semiconductor material production and related equipment manufacturing since 1982. She has experience with companies such as Hang Zhou Dahe Termo-Magnetics, Co. Ltd., Shanghai Hanhong Precision Machinery Co., Ltd., Mes Ferrotec China Co., Ltd. and Shanghai Shenhe Thermo-Magnetics Co., Ltd. She joined the Dalian team in 2017.
Linton Crystal Technologies traces its roots to 1946, when Henry Hemberger of Rochester, NY began developing saw-sharpening equipment for his new Hemberger Machine Company. Success led the ﬁrm to incorporate in 1952 as Hamco Machines Inc. and eventually to develop a precision saw for medical use that proved to be equally suitable for cutting silicon crystals for semiconductors.
Hamco Machine Founded
Kayex Name Established
Hamco-Kayex First Crystal Grower Introduced
General Signal Purchases Kayex
Kayex CG6000 Introduced
KX150 (first 200 mm furnace) Introduced
Kayex Establishes JV in China
KX300 (first 300 mm furnace) Introduced
SPX Merged with General Signal
SPX-Kayex Acquires Ferrofluidics
KX260 (low-cost alternative for 200, 300, and 400 mm ingot growth)
KX100PV (Kayex produces mass volume CZ grower for PV Market)
KX120PV (Kayex introduces high capacity CZ grower for PV Market)
KX150 (machining CZ grower introduced)
SPX-Kayex Triples Manufacturing Capacity
KX170 (Kayex introduces CZ grower for both semiconductor and PV/solar markets)