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Escatec expands its LED and micro manufacturing facilities

Expansion includes a 'Future Lab' with state-of-the-art R&D and novel process development

Escatec, a European provider of contract and manufacturing services, has nearly doubled the size of its ISO Class 7 cleanroom in Heerbrug Switzerland to meet demand for miniaturised, multi-function components and 'smart materials/systems'.

The expansion includes a 'Future Lab' with state-of-the-art R&D, custom designs, specialised prototyping, and novel process development that will offer advanced LED solutions as well as a dedicated workspace next to the cleanroom for 'hands-on' design work with Escatec's partners.

Wolfgang Plank, Escatec's director of MOEMS (micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems) explained: "SSL [solid state lighting] is the main light source in every new microelectronic device, with the market offering many different products accordingly. However, highly-integrated, ultra-miniature, high-power, specific colour/radiation LEDs for special uses are hard to source because the volumes are just not there compared to standard products. 

"As a specialist in pioneering the use of LEDs, Escatec has built up an extensive, reliable sourcing network for base materials, from dies to custom glues and from silicones to special semiconductors to create modules and assemblies.  This enables us to offer customers almost limitless possibilities for custom solutions to suit most requirements, volumes, and price points.  This doubling of our Class 7 cleanroom will enable us to bring in the latest equipment to provide a world class MOEMS service for an increasing number of customers."

As part of this expansion, Escatec is increasing the number of staff in its MOEMS facility so that it is able to meet the growing trend for larger orders.  "MOEMS is moving mainstream," concluded  Plank, "and Escatec is one of the few contract manufacturers to have significantly invested in cleanrooms, equipment and, most importantly, skilled and experienced personnel to be able to fulfil this."

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