News

October 2017

The workshop was held at the Casa Convalescència UAB Campus (map), Barcelona, Spain on 6th – 7thNovember 2017.

The aims of the Workshop were to:

  • Demonstrate and showcase the technologies developed in the RAIS project for photonic measurement of sepsis biomarkers
  • Interact with the user community and gather expert opinion in order to fine-tune the alignment of project aims and market needs
  • Interest potential partners (companies, research institutes) in the possibility of collaboration for commercial exploitation of the RAIS system

 

May 2016

Euronews coverage „Monitoring sea pollution“ about the EC Project BRAAVOO

microTEC is partner of the BRAAVOO Project which aims to develop innovative solutions for real-time in-situ measurement of high impact and difficult to measure marine pollutants. The concept of BRAAVOO is based on a unique combination of three types of biosensors, which will enable the detection of both a number of specific marine priority pollutants and also general biological effects that can be used for early warning.

Link to the euronews video „Monitoring Sea Pollution“:

http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/30/monitoring-sea-pollution/


February 2015

New EC Projects

microTEC is participating in two new health oriented EC research projects.

Self-amplified photonic biosensing platform for microRNA-based early diagnosis of diseases (SAPHELY)

The SAPHELY project aims at developing a compact and low-cost point-of-care (POC) device based on nanophotonic technology for its application to minimally-invasive early diagnosis, with initial focus in cancer. This POC device will significantly help to reduce the actual costs designated for early diagnosis and to implement mass screening programs, meaning a significant contribution to the improvement of the citizens’ health status and to the sustainability of healthcare systems.

Scalable, point-of-care and label free microarray platform for rapid detection of Sepsis (RAIS)

Microarrays are a powerful set of technologies which are widely used for the detection of pathogenic micro-organisms, proteins and Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequencing, among others. Most commercial equipment rely on large readers (also called scanners) and labelled detection, whereas most of the advanced research-level portable and label-free designs suffer from one of more drawbacks, including insufficient sensitivity and specificity, high cost and sophisticated implementation and reduced scalability (number of spots). The overall objective of this project is to develop a new point-of-care label-free microarray platform based on a proprietary interferometric lens-less microscopy design and validate it for quantifying levels of specific Sepsis’ biomarkers within 30 minutes.


October 2014

Gold Doped

Nano gold doped RMPD materials – made in cooperation with CENIDE – are now available for the production of smart polymer parts on microTEC production lines. Check out potential applications together with us in the field of new generations of optical switches, functionalized surfaces, photonic devices fabrication with applications ranging from biomedicine to photovoltaic, or more.

Contact us for any request: info@microtec-d.com


November 2013

myQuote

microTEC services and products can be ordered online, too, using the web based myQuote. In 2014 we will relaunch our website and are very interested to integrate your needs into the new myQuote version. Please don’t hesitate to send your remarks to info@microtec-d.com


February 2013

microTEC News

microTEC’s youngest customer is aiming to contribute to the art and collectors market. It is very interesting for us to see in how many different fields our technologies find users, from high-tech sensor swarms to pink ponies.

microTEC news are now web based and have a RSS feed option included. Please don’t hesitate to tell us, if you would like to see changes or something does not work.


2013 Workshops

In 2013 the application workshops, organized by microTEC and Prodintec, will start offering a wide range of skill enhancement, e.g. 3D CAD competences and Light-Rolls applications for different industries.

A part of the workshops will take place in the new building of Light-Rolls coordinator Prodintec.

Prodintec, a technological centre specialized in industrial design and manufacturing, inaugurated its brand-new building facilities on 22nd November. The President of the Principality of Asturias, Mr. Javier Fernandez, the Mayoress of Gijon, Mrs. Carmen Moriyon, and other authorities attended the event.

Prodintec is a private non-profit entity with one important mission, to foster the competitiveness of industrial firms by applying technological advances both to their products and to their manufacturing and management processes. Its new building is the result of the work of rehabilitation of the former tobacco drying facility at the Universidad Laboral, a truly representative building of the valuable industrial heritage of Asturias.

During his speech, the president of Prodintec, Mr. Ignacio Lopez-Aranguren, mentioned that “the innovation is the way to survive and we need it to compete on the international markets”. Mr Lopez-Aranguren noted that “Prodintec believes in innovation, like an axel for the progress and development, and in new technologies which have given us the opportunity of leading work groups and European projects to build a better future”.

For details about workshops please contact info@light-rolls.eu

For details about Prodintec please check www.prodintec.es


Chip-Cooling Heat Pipes

microTECs solution for microelectronic heat dissipation: Miniaturization of classic heat pipe technology combined with the Duisburg-based companys patented manufacturing process allows chip constellations to be mounted in a tiny space and at the same time for the heat of individual chips to be dissipated through the use of cooling pipes.
Micro heat pipes are devices that produce a cooling effect through the combined use of microfluid technology, evaporation and condensation in a closed fluid system.

The microTEC process is the first solution that allows all three spatial directions to be used for efficient cooling at a low cost and simple manner.

These technologies will pave the way for new solutions in areas such as high performance computers and mobile devices, whose trend toward increased performance requirements and reduced component size makes integrated chip cooling an absolute necessity.


Microfluidik for Diagnostic

With RMPD-microFLUIDIK based plastic components capillary forces are replacing all electrically driven pumps. The smart behaviour of capillaries, hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials alone allow a three dimensional system of, for example, reservoirs, reaction chambers, measurement chambers, filling and ventilation channels, to perform biological and chemical processes in shortest time. A wide range of materials and material combination is available.

Basic elements of the smart microfluidics systems are modular chip systems with micro-capillaries and chambers, also using advantages of Nanotechnology. The chambers are filled with biological and chemical substances, and are sealed using a proprietary procedure developed by microTEC.

Applications for Lab-on-a-chip systems are determination of toxic substances (e.g. pesticides) in food, antibiotics tests in milk before milk pick-up at farmer premises, mobile units to search for toxic substances, e.g. for fire departments, hobile labs for fast Anthrax detection, high through-put test to determine the efficiency of new pills and detection of influenza virus


 

Light-Rolls takes care

Light-Rolls project takes care of cost efficient production for light modules.

The EC co-funded project Light-Rolls was started in 2009 and presented its first results at events in 2010 and 2011. The project focuses research and development of modular based production units for the seamless, high throughput manufacture of micro-structured, polymer based components and microsystems. The scientific objective aims to realize structures in the micron range and integrate also dies to be assembled in high-speed and parallel by benefit of self assembling. Nanoparticle dispersions used in fast conductive track printing technologies will allow the parallel generation of conductive lines.

These processes comprise the founding elements of the Light-Rolls technology platform with a roll-to-roll philosophy. The manufacturing modules will be integrable, exchangeable, with mechanical, fluidic and IT interfaces, to make it easy and cost efficient to adjust the sequence of process steps to the product to be produced. Besides the translation of processes for high-throughput manufacturing, high yield will be achieved by the application of advanced process control and production IT methods. Lines run without dangerous chemicals and use integrated recycling. For future products a Light-Rolls knowledge base for design for manufacturing will be elaborated. A pilot line will be set-up, tested for fabrication of flexible LED-display systems. Manufacture of other components like Lab-on-Chip or integration of new micro-energy storage components is possible in future to address needs of European industry. Details at www.light-rolls.eu with, Partners: Prodintec Spain, microTEC Gesellschaft für Mikrotechnologie mbH Germany, Norbert Schläfli Maschinen Zofingen Switzerland, Centro Ricerche FIAT S.C.p.A. Italy, Design LED Products Ltd United Kingdom, Xaar Jet AB Sweden, ACP-IT GmbH Austria, Fraunhofer IPA Germany, microelectronica S.A. Romania; Project is co-funded with 3,7 Mio Euro by European Community Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement n° CP-TP 228686


New solutions for signalling

New solutions for signalling by light and interactive traffic management
– thanks to microsystems on flexible foil.

The european PRIAM project, financed by the 7th Framework (Photonics Unit), is started the 1st January 2010. Coordinated by Centro Ricerhce FIAT, the consortium of PRIAM is composed by: microTEC, CEA-LITEN, VTT, AMEPOX, CRP eSOLARI.

The main objective is the integration of heterogeneous functionalities on plastic foils by high throughput homogenous processes. Applications are signalling for flexible multifunctional road signs and lighting forautomotive taillight.

The 1st Review meeting was held in Brussels the 17-18 June 2010, find more details about project at http://www.priam-project.eu and meet us at http://www.industrial-technologies2010.eu


MEMS production and R&D News

 
 
 

In 2008 microTEC increased productivity of its desktop fab lines and is now able to offer an even more competitive pricing structure. Products made are, e.g., small polymer parts for sensor housings or filter structures. Just download the updated price scheme from our website (see details at www.microtec-d.com download). All is about beating injection molding solutions in terms of precision and price.

Co-operative R&D projects: In 2009 new projects are in the pipeline, one of them addressing 3D-CSP based solutions for autonomous, networked sensor systems addressing the needs of food industry. microTEC also promotes further applications of MEMS in consumer applications. Here, a new project is being prepared dealing with Roll-to-Roll based high-throughput technologies for display and lighting applications, for large areas as well for very big units of mems. The FP7 project Ultra-fast Electronics for Terahertz Rapid Analysis in Compact Lab-on-Chip Applications ULTRA started mid of 2008 and is progressing well, see www.ultra-project.eu for details. Finally in 2008 the two FP6 projects Healthy Aims and INOS were presented at several events, the latest one was the ICT 2008 in Lyon, Europes biggest research event for information and communication technologies with more then 4500 delegates. The commercialisation of microTEC results, e.g., in the field of sensor technologies for advanced driver assistance systems, confirmed our market oriented R&D strategy and thus the selection of projects to be involved in.