French Institute Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne Emphasizes PE Commercialization with Acquisition of PulseForge Photonic Curing Tool


Posted on March 6, 2013 @ 10:57 am



The Center of Microelectronics of Provence (CMP), part of Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne (EMSE), France, announced it has acquired a PulseForge 3200 photonic curing tool from NovaCentrix as part of an ongoing collaboration with NovaCentrix and CERADROP.

The goal of the effort is to study and commercialize printed electronics technologies including for smartcards, smart objects, and photovoltaics in the frame of the European Euripides project “SPrinTronics” led by CERADROP. After a thorough review of available post-print processing options, EMSE and its commercial partners in the Micro-PackS program determined the NovaCentrix PulseForge 3200 photonic curing tool best met program objectives for versatility and production capability.

The tool is being integrated into a suite of equipment shared between EMSE and the regional MicroPacks R&D platform. The efficient curing technology is seen as a key point for the development of reel to reel industrial processes.

“The close collaboration with NovaCentrix as a world-class leader in the field of photonic curing supports our strong collaboration with industrial partners,’ said Dr. Mohamed Saadaoui, research scientist at EMSE. Research areas include the interaction of materials such as nanoparticles with the intense pulsed light. The program goals also include seeking to reduce the cost of manufacturing products made by printing technologies, especially on temperature-sensitive substrates.

“The NovaCentrix PulseForge 3200 not only has the R&D capability we need right now, but the fact that it is also a fully-capable production tool is critical to our end-user partners in meeting their aggressive commercialization timelines. The NovaCentrix applications engineers are experts in the photonic curing process, and their support is already helping us to hit our development milestones,” said Dr. Saadaoui.

“We are excited to work with the world-class team at EMSE in their research and commercialization efforts” said Stan Farnsworth, vice president of marketing for NovaCentrix. “That EMSE and their partners have selected one of our state-of-the-art PulseForge 3200 tools for placement in their beautiful facility is a real honor.” The tool as part of the EMSE/ Micro-PackS strategic partnership is also available for research projects, and for additional collaborations with industry and end-users.

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