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We have solved amazing challenges with our customers. Read about just some of the solutions created below.

Case Studies

X-ray Tomography

A leading scientific research group required a test setup to be used in an X-ray micro-tomography apparatus. Research samples needed to be stressed thermally and mechanically with synchronous rotation.  The delivered module enabled axial stressing force between -500 and 400N to be applied with temperatures of 300 to 1000 K, while maintaing a radial asynchronous error below 200 nm plus linear position control of 0.1 µm. This unique system enabled ground breaking materials research to be been accomplished.

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Sensor Chip Inspection

As part of the ALICE detector upgrade, CERN required a sensor module assembly machine. ALICIA was developed to measure and assemble the 15,000 sensor chips which make up the new detector. Working closely with CERN teams across the globe, the machine accomodated changing requirements as the sensor chip technology developed; from chip size to positioning accuracy and test protocols. The whole assembly and inspection procedure of one sensor module generates 0.5 terabytes of information. The collection and processing of this amount of big data
was an additional challenge which was solved. The first machine, ALICIA 1, passed the site acceptance test at CERN and seven more machines have since been delivered by IBS to sites around the globe. 

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SEM Alignment

An automated alignment module was required for SEM optics. In the strive to continously improve resolution of these microscopes and to create smaller measureable distances with as little as possible distortions, a new microscope was planned. The current aligment tools were not sufficiently accurate. The new tool must pass in the current procedures of the customer. An intelligent data solution was implemented wherein automated feedforward of measurement data removed a critical limitation to accuracy. Potential human errors were erased from the process and automated quality data tracking implemented.

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Glue Testing

An instrument was needed to test the failure mechanisms of adhesives, to inform the allowable stress for adhesive joints. Glues were to be tested over time and under a range of force conditions. An instrument was developed to implement tensile, shear and bending tests. Through plasticity curve data, failure mechanisms can be understood. In this way selection of failure criteria based on the mode of failure was enabled.

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