Past Projects


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.

Device inside sole of the shoe & Final prototype
Integration of the energy harvester and the electronic device in the inside sole of the right shoe (a), final prototype (b)

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.

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BIOBACTIL (2014-2017)

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.

Biobactil final prototype
Biobactil final prototype, without fluidic interconnections

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.

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie UCLouvain Université de Namur Sirris Multitel

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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.

Sensor integration in DIL packagage Bio-sensor and micro-fluidic device integrated in one fully functional system
Sensor integration in DIL packagage (left); Bio-molecules detection device: bio-sensor and micro-fluidic device integrated in one fully functional system (right)

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.

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie UCLouvain Coris BioConcept

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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).

Sensor integration in DIL packagage Bio-sensor and micro-fluidic device integrated in one fully functional system
Miniaturized main board prototype, including sensors interfaces, fan control and regulation firmware

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie Airria Acte Sirris Centre de Formation Technique et Pédagogique TAIPRO Engineering WOW Technology

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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.

Slat misalignment detection prototype QCM sensor integration 1QCM sensor integration 2
Slat misalignment detection prototype (left); QCM sensor integration (right)

Ref: Didier Deplaen, Bruno Heusdens, Francois Dupont, Michel Saint-Mard. "Désalignement de surfaces portantes", EP2392510 (A1), 2011-12-07.

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie Thales Sonaca Safran Techspace Aero Samtech GDTech Open Engineering Cissoid Deltatec Cetic CRIBC ULB UCLouvain UMons

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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.

Multi-sensor nodes Receiving stations
Multi-sensor nodes (left) and receiving stations (right)

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie BizzDev Triptyk Cetic

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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).

Ultra-low-power miniaturized sensor node, including T°, humidity, IMU and light sensors Sensors node used for vibration monitoring of a pedestrian bridge structure in Liège
Ultra-low-power miniaturized sensor node, including T°, humidity, IMU and light sensors (left); sensors node used for vibration monitoring of a pedestrian bridge structure in Liège (right)

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.

L'Union européenne et la Wallonie investissent dans votre avenir Multitel Cewac UMons UCLouvain

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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.

Electronic board integration to the final prototype
Electronic board integration to the final prototype

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie Technolub Bfb Numflo TAIPRO Engineering ULB

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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.

Concept of breathing sensor Fully functional prototype
Breathing sensor packaging, from concept (left) to fully functional prototype (right)
Interconnections between dies and PCB by AJP silver conductive track
Interconnections between dies and PCB by AJP silver conductive track

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.

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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.

Smart greasing pump prototype
Smart greasing pump, prototype developed by Microsys

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.

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie ArcelorMittal John Cockerill V2i PEPITe Synthetis CRM Group UMons ULB ULiège

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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.

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie Ampacimon Optim Resa UCLouvain

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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.

Miniatures photovoltaic cells assembled and interconnected on flexible PCB Fully autonomous sensor node prototype 1Fully autonomous sensor node prototype 2
Remanos: miniatures photovoltaic cells assembled and interconnected on flexible PCB (left), fully autonomous sensor node prototype (right)
Integration of electronics components into textile (breathing belt)
Monsotex: integration of electronics components into textile (breathing belt)
Integration of microsystems into a smart perfusion pump for medical applications
Medipump: integration of microsystems into a smart perfusion pump for medical applications (including pressure, flow and bubbles sensors)

Ref:

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.

L'Union européenne et la Wallonie investissent dans votre avenir Sirris UMons Materia Nova Cewac Centexbel

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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.

8 μm aluminium foil PCB with a 35 μm thick copper layer
Examples of laser patterned samples: 8 μm aluminium foil (left) and PCB with a 35 μm thick copper layer (right)

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.

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie Open Engineering Cissoid TAIPRO Engineering Samtech UCLouvain

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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.

Overview of the SANE prototype functionalities
Overview of the SANE prototype functionalities. The wireless sensor node is fully autonomous thanks to a miniaturized photovoltaic panel and an optimized power management unit

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie

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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).

Integration of electronic circuit onto plastic substrates using MID technology Humidity sensors
Integration of electronic circuit onto plastic substrates using MID technology, full board (left) and humidity sensors (right)

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.

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie Sirris CRM Group Cenaero

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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.

Monitoring device prototype
Monitoring device prototype

Ref: http://www.wearit4health.com/

Avec le soutien de la Wallonie Provincie Limburg BE Provincie Limburg NL ULiège Interface Entreprises Centexbel CHU Liège Maastricht UMC+ Maastricht University KULeuven UHasselt Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg

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