New process of manufacturing and integrating optoelectronic devices

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The Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development (CD6 UPC) is taking part in the Flexible Optical Injection Moulding of Optoelectronic Devices (FLOIM) project.The aim of FLOIM is to develop a new automated process for manufacturing optoelectronic devices (electronic devices that source, detect and control light) to produce integrated, miniaturised components.

One of the project’s innovations will be the use of thermoplastic injection techniques to manufacture optics and encapsulate the optoelectronic device simultaneously. The devices can be used in sectors such as information and communication, LED lighting, the photovoltaic industry and devices for flexible or curved screens, among others.

The proposed manufacture process will be innovative as it will be undertaken in one step: the optics will be manufactured by injection moulding and the optoelectronic device will be encapsulated simultaneously. The project also includes the development of an optical system for online inspection of the quality and functioning of devices, which will provide data for full traceability of the manufactured component.

CD6 UPC will coordinate tasks relating to the definition of optical requirements, the design of the thermoplastic injection process, its implementation in a pilot station and the design and implementation of the inspection system.

The consortium is comprised of 11 entities in addition to CD6 UPC, including companies and technology centres, and is led by Aimen Technology Centre.

The project is part of the H2020 programme, with a budget of 6.7 million euros and a duration of 42 months.

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