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Commercialization Center Takes SMART Approach To MEMS

With the development of the Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems on the campus of Lorain County Community College, Lorain County, Ohio could soon be renamed “MEMSville”. The SMART Center is a unique multi-user, shared resource facility focused on commercializing sensor products using the manufacturing processes of micro electronic mechanical systems (MEMS). This includes the critical stages of packaging, reliability testing, and inspection of Microsystems and sensors.

Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems on the campus of Lorain County Community College

The SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems is a resource for an engineering team from any company to quickly get microsystems, MEMS, and sensor designs to market. The center is expected to open in the spring of 2013 so, for now, the SMART Center is open in a temporary home on the third floor of the Lorain County Community College Entrepreneurship Innovation Center. It currently supports customer projects in an 1,800 square-foot, class 10,000 clean room, with a complete set of microsystems packaging, inspection, and test equipment along with another 1,800 square feet of software labs, customer space, and administrative space.

SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems is a resource for an engineering team to launch microsystems, MEMS, and sensor designs to market.

Packaging resources include a die saw, washing station, die bonder, wire bonder, epoxy dispenser, plasma chamber, curing ovens, micro printer, parylene coater, stencil printer, and an array of advanced packaging systems. For reliability testing, the center offers storage ovens, a HAST Chamber, temperature cycling and thermal shock systems, bond tester, a UV test chamber, electrodynamic shakers, and more. And there’s a plethora of inspection-and-characterization tools and systems available as well as advanced life simulation and design software.

In addition to providing an invaluable resource for MEMS developers, the center is expected to create a vibrant environment for job growth. “This capacity represents extraordinary opportunities for business and job creation in high growth industries as well as training opportunities for LCCC students,” said Lorain County Community College President Dr. Roy A. Church. For a further look at the center, visit the SMART Microsystems website. For more details and consulting info, contact Matt Apanius, Director of the Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center via email.~MD

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