Kaufman & Robinson (KRI®) was founded in 1978 by Harold Kaufman* and Steve Robinson. With a distinguished background in the technology, the founder’s primary objective was to perform research and development in the field of broad beam sources. As part of its R&D mission, KRI® undertook the development of ion beam products for use in industrial applications. In particular, KRI® fulfilled contracts to design commercial broad beam sources for use in the vacuum processing of materials such as thin film deposition and plasma etching.
During a 20 year period, KRI® delivered over 25 commercial ion, plasma, and electron source products to its clients. Under license agreements, KRI® would receive fees and royalties from its clients who would manufacture and market these products. After a significant restructuring and contraction of its client-base in broad ion beam marketplace, KRI® abandoned its contract R&D business model.
In 2002, KRI® decided to enter the market with its own ion, plasma and electron source products. Tapping its vast technical knowledge, KRI® created and began to manufacture new, next-generation broad ion beam products. In 2003, KRI® shipped its first product under the Kaufman & Robinson brand. Since, then KRI® has developed a full product line to serve multiple applications and markets.
Dr. Harold Kaufman Inducted into the NASA Glenn Research Center Hall of Fame
Trailblazer of Ion Propulsion
Kaufman & Robinson, Inc. is very proud to announce that their founder, Dr. Harold Kaufman, has recently been inducted into the NASA Glenn Research Center Hall of Fame. This honorable distinction was established by the research center to “honor and recognize those who have built exemplary careers and contributed to (the) center’s success”. You can read more about Dr. Kaufman’s amazing contributions to the field and his distinguished career here: