Automation Reel to Reel Web Handling Unit
CAMM, a national R&D Center, is working to determine the
feasibility of Roll to Roll manufacturing of flexible electronics.
The CAMM is a component of the New York State Center of
Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging
Developing the next generation of Electronic Packaging will
require the development of new or modified processes. Utilizing
the understanding of past or well defined technologies may
shorten the time to market, however technical challenges
will have to be overcome. The concept for low cost flexible
electronic packaging has a lot of appeal. It holds the promise
to lower the cost of those items that will be purchased
in the future. What is required to bring this low cost flexible
packing to market?
On January 4, 2008, Professors from CAMP/Clarkson University
traveled to Binghamton, NY for meetings with Dr. Bahgat
Sammakia, CAMM Director at Binghamton University and Dr.
Mark Poliks, CAMM Technical Director, and Director of R&D
at Endicott Interconnect. The CAMP faculty included: Dr.
Goodarz Ahmadi, Dr. Don Rasmussen, Dr. Dan Goia, Dr. Ian
Suni, Dr. John McLaughlin, and Jack Prendergast, Deputy
Director of CAMP. The meetings included a tour of the CAMM
Center at EI and additional Center of Excellence laboratories
at Binghamton University. Tours were followed by presentations
by faculty from all three organizations.
Development of low cost flexible packaging holds the promise
of new products for the consumer as well as reducing the
cost of other products. The concept of low cost flexible
displays could be arm bands that play movies, or where you
can read text sent by a friend or co-worker. Smart medical
devices can be envisioned; bandages that may monitor infections
and wounds and look at the rate of healing. Devices can
be envisioned that will improve our lives and solve technical
issues facing us in every day living; cheap and flexible
solar panels that can be applied to our roofs, or attached
to the sides of our houses and places of business. The uses
for products like these are limitless and expand with one's
Future talks will be held between CAMP/Clarkson University,
Binghamton University and Endicott Interconnect on the subject
of Flexible Packaging. The organizations will endeavor to
look for opportunities for cooperation between the organizations
that show promise for solving technical issues faced by
EI in bringing this product to market.
Professor Narayanan Neithalath Receives Career Award
Professor Narayanan Neithalath, of Clarkson University's Civil
and Environmental Engineering Department, recently received
the NSF CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program grants
the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards
to professors in the early stages of their careers. The award
supports the educational activities of teacher-scholars who
have proven to successfully integrate research and education
within the context of the mission of their organization. These
activities promise to build a solid foundation for a lifetime
of contributions to research and education. Professor Neithalath's
project proposal titled "Linking Pore Structure, Performance,
and Material Design of a Sustainable Macroporous Concrete
for Multifunctional Applications" earned him the special distinction
from the NSF. Professor Neithalath is active in research relating
to the development, characterization and the modeling of novel
and multifunctional cement based materials and the utilization
of waste materials in concrete. Other funding for his research
comes from NYSERDA, NYSTAR (through CAMP), and the New York
State Department for Economic Development.