Big opportunities for small technology

sensor_show_2016_206Now in its eighth year and firmly established as the UK’s leading event for small and ultra-precision technology, the Micro Nano MEMS event returned to the NEC, Birmingham on 28th & 29th September 2016.

Visitors were treated to an exciting array of exhibitors, covering the full spectrum of micro, precision, MEMS and nano manufacturing solutions, from micro moulding to electroforming, photonics to precision stamping and much more besides.

Aaron Johnson, vice president of marketing & customer strategy at Accumold said: “We have been coming to the Micro Nano MEMS event for many years and it has always proved a valuable part of our sales and marketing effort. We have met some fascinating people over the years, many of whom have turned into customers.”

Helen Royal, business development manager for Plasma Therm said: “It’s definitely been worth coming, see you next year!”

Also speaking at the event Marcos Sampaio, technical manager for Celoplás said: “We’ve had some interesting visitors and we’re looking forward to catching up with them after the event.”

Speaking on behalf of IDB Technologies, Stuart Drummond said: “It’s our first time here so we weren’t sure what to expect. Our organisation has gone through some huge changes over the past year, so part of the reason for being here is to increase brand awareness and it’s been very good for that. We’ve had some good enquiries.”

The Micro Nano MEMS seminar programme boasted high quality presentations from key industry experts, including Dr Daniel J. Thomas from Yale School of Medicine, who gave a talk on ‘Silicon nano-sensor and printed electronics integration in ‘future lab on a chip’ biosensing for early heart disease diagnosis’; while Liam Blunt, from Huddersfield University spoke about ‘In-process Detection of Micro/Nano Scale Defects in Roll 2 Roll Manufacture of Printed Electronics’; and Dr Michael Cooke, from Durham University, presented on Device development of Micro and nanostructures on paper substrates.

Other presentations included: Recent Advances in High Precision Laser Micromachining; Precision actuation with a focus on piezo; A Practical Guide to Laser Micro-Manufacturing, MEMS and MEMS processing and more.

Event manager Jacqui Henderson said: “This was my third year of working with the exhibitors at the Micro Nano MEMS event in Birmingham, which every year has gone from strength to strength. This event is the only one of its kind in the UK, with an outstanding calibre of exhibitor and an unparalleled seminar programme.  It was great to see past and new businesses from the field showing ongoing support for the event and in turn the industry!

“Finally – a message to thank all of you who visited the feature area this year – I hope you enjoyed the event as much we did! See you again next year on the 27th and 28th of September at the NEC Birmingham as part of Sensors and Instrumentation, and co-located with TCT, PPMA and of course next year, Interplas!”