Patent Number: 8,584,611

Title: In-line vacuum coating system

Abstract: An in-line vacuum coating system includes a vacuum chamber, a coating source and a substrate carrier for holding tubular substrates, the carrier being displaceable using the vacuum chamber. A sure method of simply and securely coupling a fixed rotational drive unit to a carrier that can be displaced at a constant rate of speed in an in-line vacuum coating system is accomplished by a fixed splined shaft rotatably installed and connectable to a rotational drive unit, and a gearwheel that can be engaged with the splined shaft and that is rotatably mounted on the carrier. The gearwheel is longitudinally displaceable to a predefined extent in spring-loaded fashion in a direction opposite to the direction of travel of the carrier.

Inventors: Pfitzner; Manfred (Dresden, DE), Sickert; Guenther (Dresden, DE), Kaiser; Roberto (Dresden, DE), Vogt; Andreas (Dresden, DE)

Assignee: FHR Anlagenbau GmbH

International Classification: C23C 14/00 (20060101); C23C 16/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/19/12018