AWE (2015 – 2016)
Within the framework of the AWE project, Microsys has developed a shoe able to harvest energy from walking in order to power a microsystem. The harvesting system, based on Microsys EP11186268 patent, produces enough energy to measure 1-axis acceleration at 30 Hz and to send the data wirelessly to a remote data concentrator station. Both the energy harvesting system and the microsystem have been integrated in the shoe’s sole. Potential applications are sport performance analysis, gait analysis, activity monitoring etc.
Ref: G. Colson, P. Laurent, P. Bellier, S. Stoukatch, F. Dupont, M. Kraft, "Smart-shoes self-powered by walking", Proc. IEEE EMBS Body Sensor Network 2017, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 9-12 May 2017.
BIOBACTIL project target the direct detection of bacteria in a lab-on-chip opto-fluidic platform compliant with a panel of immunological transducers. Microsys task in the project is the integration of the sensor into the lab-on-chip platform: die attach, wirebonding, encapsulation, microfluidic channel integration and test. The main challenge of the project was to ensure that the implemented packaging has no significant impact on the functionality of the SAW sensor. Furthermore, only low-temperature packaging methods were used, to ensure compatibility with biofunctionalized sensors.
Ref: S. Stoukatch, L.A. Francis, F. Dupont, M. Kraft, "Low-cost microfluidic device micromachining and sequential integration with SAW sensor intended for biomedical applications", Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, Volume 319, 2021.
DNASiP (2010 – 2012)
The objective of DNASiP project was the development of DNA functionalized microchip integrated in microfluidic SiP (System-in-Package). Microsys main task in the project was the integration of the interdigitated capacitive sensor, taking into account the constraints related to the use of biofunctionalized chips. Low temperature packaging methods have been developed and implemented.
Ref: S. van Loo, S. Stoukatch, N. Van Overstraeten-Schlögel, O. Lefèvre, F. Axisa, D. Flandre and J. Destiné, "Low temperature assembly method of microfluidic bio-molecules detection system", 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Low Temperature Bonding for 3D Integration (LTB-3D 2012), Hongo, Japan, May 22-23, 2012.
GREEN+ (2009 – 2013)
The objective of GREEN+ project was to develop a compact and decentralized double flow ventilation system including an exhaust air energy recovery system. The system is adaptable to both existing and new buildings. Within the project, Microsys was in charge of the prototyping of the miniaturized electronic circuit, the integration of the sensors and the development of the control and regulation system. The system is currently commercialized under the brand Airria (www.airria.be).
HM+ (2008 – 2012)
HM+ was a large-scale project targeting the development of predictive maintenance systems dedicated to aeronautic applications. Three subsystems of aircrafts were selected for health monitoring systems implementation: the electrical distribution network, the engine and lubrication system, and the moving parts.
Microsys was involved in the development of a monitoring system whose purpose is to detect misalignments of the slats during their actuation. Microsys was also involved in the integration of new type of oil ageing monitoring system based on quartz microbalance sensors.
Ref: Didier Deplaen, Bruno Heusdens, Francois Dupont, Michel Saint-Mard. "Désalignement de surfaces portantes", EP2392510 (A1), 2011-12-07.
MAPIU (2018 – 2020)
MAPIU project aims to develop a wireless, miniaturized multi-sensor monitoring system powered by energy harvesting. This system includes several sensors (temperature, humidity etc.) and is used to ensure monitoring and traceability of goods during transport. The generated data is processed via the Cloud and made available to the end user via a responsive interface. Microsys task in the project was to develop the energy harvesting unit as well as the development of the ultra-low-power wireless sensor node compatible with the base station of projects partners.
MEDIATIC (ERDF program 2007-2013)
Within the MEDIATIC portfolio, the Tracemedia project aimed at the development of a high-performance and multimodal platform for receiving data from sensor networks, while providing the middleware application layer for data pre-processing, fusion, classification, and extraction. Microsys task in this project was to develop ultra-low-power sensor nodes for track and trace applications (including environmental parameters monitoring).
Ref: P. Laurent, F. Dupont, S. Stoukatch, F. Axisa, "Ultra-low power microsystems integrated", Proc. Smart Systems Integration Conf. (SSI2015), Copenhagen, Denmark, March 11-12, 2015.
MICROLUB (2009 – 2011)
MICROLUB project was aiming to develop an innovative technique for micro-lubrication of cutting tools for various manufacturing machines, with the objective to reduce significantly the oil consumption as well as to enable the use of alternative lubricants (e.g. biodegradable). Microsys task in the project was to develop the electronic board for the control and regulation of the lubrication system.
MINATIS (ERDF program 2007-2013)
MINATIS ERDF portfolio’s objective is to meet the needs of the industry regarding the design and fabrication of miniaturized, multi-functional and embedded devices. Microsys task in the project was the development of new packaging methods for innovative sensors with functionalities and performances beyond the state-of-the-art.
Ref: S. Stoukatch, L. Seronveaux, P. Laurent, S. Dricot, F. Axisa, D. Vandormael, E.Beeckman, B. Heusdens, J. Destiné, "Evaluation of aerosol jet printing (AJP) technology for electronic packaging and interconnect technique", Proc. The 4th Electronics System Integration Technology Conferences (ESTC 2012), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sept 17-20, 2012.
MINT (2008 – 2011)
The aim of MINT project was to develop cheap expert maintenance systems for continuous manufacturing processes. These systems must make maintenance operations more effective by using the opportunities offered by new technologies. In the framework of this project, Microsys was involved in the development of a smart pump for the greasing of bearings. This pump is able to identify the bearing thanks to RFID technology and is able to control and record the amount of grease that has been delivered. The system was eventually licensed to Taipro Engineering.
Ref: Michel Saint-Mard, Fabrice Haudry, Pierre Bellier, Philippe Laurent, Pascal Waroux, Rachid El Halimi, Eric Darimont. "Dispositif et méthode de contrôle et de validation du graissage manuel", EP12159311.5, 2012-03-13.
OPTIGRID (2013 – 2016)
The target of this project was to develop a smart sensor for high and medium voltage lines, with predictive maintenance functionality and fault detection. Microsys task in the project was to assist in the choice of the sensors and to develop the embedded software to communicate and process the data of all the sensors with a real-time operating system.
PIμI (ERDF program 2007-2013)
PIμI is a large-scale ERDF portfolio in the field of integrated microelectronic systems. The portfolio is divided into several projects that target respectively (1 – Remanos) the development of self-powered microsystem through energy harvesting, (2 – Monsotex) the integration of sensors in textile for medical application, (3 – Medipump) the integration of electronics into a new generation of smart medical perfusion pump and (4 – Mifadema) the development of a platform for microfabrication by deposition material.
S. Stoukatch, J. Léonard, P. Bellier, F. Axisa, J. Destiné, "Wearable respiratory belt for human breathing control", Proc. Smart Systems Integration Conf. (SSI2014), Vienne, Austria, March 11-12, 2014
P. Bellier, P. Laurent, S. Stoukatch, F. Dupont, L. Joris, M. Kraft. "Autonomous micro-platform for multisensors with an advanced power management unit (PMU)", Journal of Sensors and Sensor Systems 7, no. 1 (2018): 299.
ROMISY (2012 – 2017)
The project aim was to design and test new architectures for microsystems including multi-physics simulation technique, improved processing methodologies and test to meet the growing market demands in terms of reliability and robustness both in front end and back end level. During the project, Microsys provided support for modelling of electronics interconnection so that project partners can develop the toolbox in multi-physics software (FEM simulation) to model wire bond adhesion to the bond pad. In parallel, Microsys developed expertise in the field of laser processing of metallic layers. We were able, e.g., to cut 8 μm thick aluminium foil without any thermal damages and to pattern features on PCB that are much smaller than the copper thickness.
Ref: F. Dupont, S. Stoukatch, P. Laurent, S. Dricot, M. Kraft, "355 nm UV laser patterning and post-processing of FR4 PCB for fine pitch components integration", Optics and Lasers in Engineering 100C (2018) pp. 186-194.
SANE (2016 – 2018)
The objective of SANE was the development of wireless and autonomous microsensors for IoT applications. Building upon the results obtained on a previous ERDF project (REMANOS project), the goal of this project was to increase the Technology Readiness Level of the prototype to realize a marketable product in order to answer to the market need in term of wireless and autonomous sensors for IoT applications.
TOPPRINT (2015 – 2017)
TOPPRINT project’s objective is the functionalization of 3D industrial pieces by integration of robust and reliable electronic circuits. Microsys task in the project was to perform the characterization of the printed conductive tracks (electrically and mechanically, initially and after isothermal ageing), to provide guidelines about 3D/flexible electronics design and to design a prototype based on an industrial case (using printed tracks in order to replace cables inside an existing device).
Ref: S. Stoukatch, F. Dupont, L. Seronveaux, D. Vandormael, M. Kraft, "Additive low temperature 3D printed electronic as enabling technology for IoT application", in Proc. of Electronics Packaging Technology Conference (EPTC), 2017 IEEE 19th, December 6-9, 2017, Singapore, p.6.
WEARIT4HEALTH (2016 – 2020)
The objective of WEARIT4HEALTH is the creation of a wearable multi sensor monitoring system that is comfortable for the hospitalized patients and compatible with the IT infrastructure of the different hospitals of the Euregio Meuse Rhin.
The monitoring device record medical data into the patient’s EMR, display the measurement in real time on ward’s screens and analyze it in order to help the medical team to take the most adequate decision for the patient. It is also able to inform of risk situation via alarms. Microsys was the scientific lead partner of the project and was leading the development of the wearable monitoring device.