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Posted: August 29, 2007
Fighting the micro-nanosystems manufacturing challenges workshop
(Nanowerk News) Despite its significant market expectations for a vast area of
applications, many microsystems (MST, MEMS) still face key manufacturing challenges in
guaranteeing stability, robustness and associated reliability within the target working environment.
The EU Network of Excellence in Design for Micro & Nano Manufacture (PATENT-DfMM) has
over the past 3 years responded to industrial requirements for developing and providing access to
expertise and infrastructure in the areas of multi-level modelling, Design for Testability, Design for
Reliability and Packaging Technology. Within this project, resource is now being targeted towards
application driven clusters of expertise that will offer manufacturing related design services to
industry, with a special emphasis on helping small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Together with the Europractice Technology Access Initiative INTEGRAMplus that provides
industrial design, prototyping and manufacturing services based on specific silicon and polymer
technologies, together with multi-domain integration platforms, PATENT-DfMM is organizing a
major 4 day event (Micro & Nano Systems) from October 1-4, 2007 in Lancaster (UK).
The event aims to provide delegates with:
• A forum to assess advances in the microsystems field and opportunities for uptake.
• An opportunity to gain awareness of new funding opportunities within the UK and EU FP7
• Solutions for accessing technologies, engineering services and business support; on both
the academic and the industrial level.
The first day is an outreach event "A New Technology for a New Industrial Era". This meeting
will be of specific interest to companies who are either users or suppliers of Micro & Nano
Systems or interested in engaging with this technology.
Day 2 will focus on Business Development in the Micro & Nano Systems area. New
intellectual property development and methodologies associated with design and manufacture will
be showcased. The day will also feature a tutorial specifically targeting Market entry, business
practice and supply chain management.
The third and fourth days will address "Technical Advances in the Micro & Nano Systems field"
and will focus on state-of-the-art in design and manufacturing technologies for Micro & Nano
Systems. Key advances in Reliability & Test Engineering, Packaging Technologies and System
Integration will be presented together with contributions from the Design Automation, Simulation
and Modelling communities.