News from the cluster focus groups

The Silicon Alps focus groups have experienced a busy autumn. After the first September Events: Security Week Industry and Spot on RFID we are happy to come with some more exciting news!

Advanced Manufacturing

The additive manufacturing exploration started in Villach on 04.06.2019 continued  in Styria with the second SpotLight event at Resch Gmbh in Glojach on October 2nd 2019. The 26 participants experienced  a mix of technical talks,  intensive discussions about the chances and pitfalls of additive manufacturing  and a live tour in the 200-year-old farmhouse, masterfully adapted for high precision engineering and prototypes. We warmly thank to the speakers:

  • Dr. Martin Schwentenwein, Head of Material Development Lithoz: “3D Printing of Precise Components from High-Performance Ceramics”.
  • Dr. Georg Haberfehlner, Institut für Elektronenmikroskopie und Nanoanalytik, TU Graz, “Nanoscale analysis of 3D printed material by electron microscopies in two and three dimensions.”
  • Dr. Ali Abdallah, FH CAMPUS 02: “Das Potenzial von additiven Schmelzverfahren in der Elektrotechnik”/”The potential of fused filament fabrication for electrical engineering

The SpotLight event was organized in cooperation by  AT Styria and  Silicon Alps.

Sub Systems & Integration

How does the future of skiing look like? And how can the practice of this winter sport be made even safer in the future?

The reason behind these questions: A non-commercial demonstrator should present the microelectronics & electronics competencies in Silicon Alps in a tangible, exciting, and understandable way. In the former workshops of the group Skiing of the future has been selected  as the most  inspirational and regionally relevant playground.

A recent Design Thinking Workshop on 15.10.2019 on the premises of TDK-Electronics was dedicated to concrete scenarios for  virtual demonstration of use cases (stories and technologies) for ski safety. The workshop was led and moderated by the cluster partner  Edera Safety .

13  scenarios were developed and tested for practicability from a market perspective, among them: collision avoidance, gently integration and community interaction, tracking of the ski items, crash prevention,  etc. The  scenario that fits the best the Silicon Alps technological potential will be selected for the  future virtual demonstration  (work in progress in 2020 and 2021). All scenarios have the potential of bundling competencies  to solve concrete problems in future R&D cooperation projects. They also represent a valuable idea reservoir for the Silicon Alps Special Prices Smart Systems in the Matura project competition of the FH Kärnten 2020, which are awarded annually by the Silicon Alps on 24 April in Villach.

For video impressions see:

Health Technology

Last Tuesday on  November we had the opportunity  to find out how the future of sensor technology in the medical and health sector will look like from the perspective of Analog Devices and Silicon Austria Labs. Jan-Hein Broeders, Business Development Manager at Analog Devices, explained how the global company developed highly integrated measuring modules for the monitoring of vital parameters such as ECG, heart rate, blood pressure or blood sugar by modifying and combining existing standard components as well by consequent miniaturization. The second  keynote by Thomas Arnold, Project Leader of R&D projects in the field of photonic systems and sensor applications at Silicon Austria Labs conveyed a comprehensive picture of the recent developments in the South-Austrian area.

The workshop was organized by Silicon Alps in cooperation with Styria.

Coming soon: 25.11.2019

Cleanroom & Technology 

Who comes in contact with “cleanrooms” and from which perspective? For the initial situation of particle-free production various requirements and competencies have been highlighted and integrated into a decision matrix.

We warmly  invite you to support the preparation of a future value chain analysis for cleanroom technology for electronics / mechatronics and microelectronics:

When : 25.11.2019, 13.00-17.00

Where: Ortner Reinraumtechnik GmbH, Uferweg 7, 9500 Villach