STI Provides an Update on Conductus Superconducting Wire Production Equipment

STI Provides an Update on Conductus Superconducting Wire Production Equipment

   - Completed two of three components for proprietary 1 kilometer Reactive
                    Co-evaporation Cyclic (RCE) machine -

            - Posted RCE machine photographs at -

AUSTIN, Texas, July 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies
Inc. (STI) (Nasdaq:SCON), a world leader in the development and production of
high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials and associated technologies,
provided an update on the status of its Conductus^® superconducting wire
manufacturing assembly process. As previously announced, the machines required
for the first two steps of the Conductus process are operational. The third
and final machine, the 1 kilometer (km) Reactive Co-evaporation (RCE) system,
now is expected to be operational late in the third quarter of 2014.

The 1 km RCE production equipment consists of the material source chamber and
the vacuum deposition chamber, which comprise the hardware, and the automation
software that runs the system hardware and manages deposition process.

  *The source chamber is installed; functioning and can be operated
    independently of the vacuum deposition chamber to be used for testing the
    majority of the software system.
  *The software control components have been calibrated and tested, meeting
    design specifications.
  *The vacuum deposition chamber is nearing shipment from the supplier.

Jeff Quiram, STI's president and chief executive officer, stated, "While we
had planned to have the 1 km RCE machine operational at the end of the second
quarter, to date we have encountered several delays related to equipment
failures at our supplier's fabrication plant for the vacuum deposition
chamber. We are working closely with our supplier to attempt to reduce the
delays caused by these failures, but unfortunately, the vacuum deposition
chamber is currently scheduled for delivery to our Austin facility in late
August. We are prepared for final assembly: the external infrastructure is in
place to position the deposition chamber and all internal assemblies are
complete, onsite and ready for installation into the deposition chamber."

The RCE machine as built is within the planned budget. STI expects to have the
system operational late in the third quarter of 2014 and projects a ramp in
capacity during the fourth quarter of 2014. When the machine is fully
operational in 2015, STI expects this machine to produce an initial capacity
of 750 kilometers of Conductus^® wire per year.

To produce Conductus wire there are three key manufacturing processes: (1)
Solution Deposition Planarization (SDP) of a commercial-grade stainless steel
or hastelloy template; (2) Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD) to produce the
right surface conditions on the template; and (3) proprietary Reactive
Co-evaporation Cyclic Deposition and Reaction (RCE-CDR) of high temperature
superconducting (HTS) materials onto the template. The SDP and IBAD machines
are already complete and producing templates that meet production

STI has posted photographs of the installation phase of the new production RCE
machine on the STI website. You can find them in the "Superconducting Wire"
section, at the bottom of "The Conductus Process" page.

About Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI)

Superconductor Technologies Inc., headquartered in Austin, TX, has been a
world leader in HTS materials since 1987, developing more than 100 patents as
well as proprietary trade secrets and manufacturing expertise. For more than a
decade, STI has been providing innovative interference elimination and network
enhancement solutions to the commercial wireless industry. The company is
currently leveraging its key enabling technologies, including RF filtering,
HTS materials and cryogenics to develop energy efficient, cost-effective and
high performance second generation (2G) HTS wire for existing and emerging
power applications, to develop applications for advanced RF wireless solutions
and innovative adaptive filtering, and for government R&D. Superconductor
Technologies Inc.'s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under
the ticker symbol "SCON." For more information about STI, please visit

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the ability of our suppliers, who we do not control, to produce and deliver
equipment on a timely basis; our ability to incorporate and fully assemble new
equipment effectively and on time into our production processes; our ability
to calibrate and use new equipment to produce wire in accordance with our
timetable; our limited cash and a history of losses; the limited number of
potential customers; the limited number of suppliers for some of our
components and our HTS wire; there being no significant backlog from quarter
to quarter; our market being characterized by rapidly advancing technology;
overcoming technical challenges in attaining milestones to develop and
manufacture commercial lengths of our HTS wire; customer acceptance of our HTS
wire; fluctuations in product demand from quarter to quarter; the impact of
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