Some of you met us in Nancy last week at the industrial exhibition of the 7th International Conference on Innovations in Thin Film Processing and Characterization (ITFPC15). We also presented a poster on multi beam sputtering with ECR ion sources. The true highlight for us was however the visit of the ‘tube’, a gigantic project at the Institut Jean Lamour: a 40 meter long ultra high vacuum tunnel of 20 cm diameter for material science and surface processing.