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Article Type: Web sites From: Assembly Automation, Volume 31, Issue 4
Precision Manufacturing Centrewww.precisionmanufacturing.co.uk/
The Precision Manufacturing Centre at the University of Nottingham provides world-class expertise and technologies to assist companies in the creation, development, and production of high-quality innovative products through its commercial arm, the Centre of Excellence in Customised Assembly (CECA).
The centre’s comprehensive web site describes its projects which focus on industrial research projects and commercial case studies. Some of the industrially focused projects include the Ultra Precision Machining and Microscopy Centre and the MicroTool project.
The site also contains information on Precision Manufacturing Centre’s services of product development, manufacturing, assembly, verification and validation, systems development, and training; as well as material on publications; facilities which house world class, state-of-the-art high- and ultra-precision manufacturing equipment; people; partners; news, and events.
Precision and Microsystems Engineering at TU Delfthttp://3me.tudelft.nl/index.php?id=2766&L=1
The Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) at TU Delft is under the Department of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering. PME supplies research and education in the field of the “small world”, i.e. the microscale (both the study of the micro-devices themselves, as well as the study of the tools required to create them).
PME’s web site serves as a portal to PME’s research groups in applied mechanics, mechatronic system design, and micro- and nano-engineering. Additional links featured on PME’s homepage are: laboratory, partners, education, agenda, and research, which has a link to Metis, a research database for publications.
From Fabrication to Assembly (FAB2ASM)http://fab2asm.eu/
FAB2ASM is a €7.1 million funded, 36-month project that began in May 2010. The objective of the FAB2ASM is to develop a new manufacturing technology for 3D integration of microelectronics and microsystems which is simultaneously very fast and very accurate. FAB2ASM is a consortium comprised of nine partners from six European countries, including three research universities, two research centers, three industries, and one management partner.
FAB2ASM’s web site delineates the project’s context, concept, four main objectives, project structure, partners, and news and events.
Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technologywww.ipt.fraunhofer.de/en/
This is the homepage for the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT), located in Germany. A key objective of the Fraunhofer IPT is to transfer the current research of production technology and the experience of its 400 employees, directly into industrial practice.
One of IPT’s five business units is the Precision and Micro Technology Center. Its services range from the precision machining of silicon wafers for the semi-conductor industry and the manufacture of ultra-precise tool masters for the replication of plastic and glass components, to the handling and assembly of micro-fuel cells.
Under the link www.ipt.fraunhofer.de/en/Competencies/Productionmachines/Precisionandspecialpurposemachines/, the work of IPT’s high-precision special purpose machines and components can be found. This page covers the topics of: development of specialist machines and plant, replication of ultra-precise plastic components, piezo actuators in production, machine characterization, systems for the manufacture of complex optical freeform surfaces, biotechnology and medical technology, diamond cutting, development of precision and ultra-precision machines, sensor integration, and signal evaluation.
The TUT Microfactory, of the Department of Production Engineering at Tampere University of Technology, is a highly compact production system suitable for manufacturing and assembly of small parts and products.
TUT’s concise homepage provides an introduction to the microfactory, and links to two videos, publications, and the correlating departments at Tampere.
Associations 4M Associationwww.4m-association.org/