How it works: Prototyping of an Airbag Sensor

The initial situation of this story is a quite common one: A company wants another company to produce for them. In our case it is the fictional company A-FACTOR from Lithuania which wants to produce Silicon based membranes for MEMS.

How to achieve in a few steps the production of a working prototype – with a little help from the friends of the Technet_nano network?

The company A-FACTOR contacts Kaunas Technical University (KTU), because the CEO remembers a regional technology transfer meeting where he met the director of the Institute of Materials Science. So he asks him for processing semiconductors.

 

The director confirms that they can produce diamond-like-carbon super coatings. As he is not able to deliver Low Stress Nitride thin films which are important for MEMS the director contacts its Technet_nano partner, namely the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). They have experience in producing  thin films made of Low Stress Nitride.


SDU contacts its Technet_nano partner ACREO in Stockholm, because their semiconductor processing apparatus allows for fabricating strongly anisotropic structure. They communicate and work together.

 


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CREO delivers the prototype to KTU.




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TU delivers the prototype to its Lithuanian customer A-FACTOR.

 

During all these activities of the Technet_nano partners the CEO of A-FACTOR was informed but had no coordination tasks and neither needed specific knowledge about the competences of cleanrooms around the Baltic sea area. The Technet_nano partners involved were responsible for IPR management, project management and quality assurance.