Partner Events

Can electronics sense its own health?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

In the frame of the preparation of an SBO (‘strategisch basisonderzoek’) project proposal, we would like to invite industrial research and technical experts in the field of electronics design to support us in defining the research objectives and end goal(s) of the project.

The project lies in the field of Prognostic Health Monitoring (PHM) for electronic systems. PHM is a key enabling technology where the extent of degradation is monitored in a self-learning electronic system providing early warning of failure and a Remaining Useful Life time estimation. The solution we aim for is based on a hybrid approach. On one side, we add sensors to the systems that are measuring direct or indirect physical degradation of the system. On the other side, all relevant electrical and mission profile data is collected over time and leads to self-learning systems able to predict their own health, or the health of similar systems elsewhere in the field.

It is obvious that this is an extremely challenging objective and that the project needs focus to be realistic within the budget and time restrictions. We also aim for project results that are relevant and useful for the local industry at the end of the project, allowing for implementation in your technologies. Logical next steps for industrial valorisation after the SBO project are O&O (Onderzoek en Ontwikkeling) projects.

Discover why, discover how

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Developing a custom ASIC offers many compelling advantages. For some it is adding smarts to make a device more compelling; for others, it’s integrating a CPU and discretes onto a chip to reduce bill-of-material cost, footprint, and improve performance or protect IP. The custom ASIC process has become a much less costly and risky proposition over the last two decades. “Easy access” and “cost-effective” tools, services and IP enable development of a custom ASIC more easily and with a much lower risk.

Arm, imec.IC-link and Mentor are world leaders in the ASIC ecosystem and have joined forces to deliver a seminar for designers, engineering directors & managers and product managers to understand the latest options to deliver a product based on a custom ASIC.

The seminar will demystify the risks, explain options and explore supply chain partnership.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 to Thursday, October 12, 2017

On the 12th of October 2017 the 19th edition of the Design Automation & Embedded Systems Event takes place at 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen in Den Bosch. Due to growing demand from visitors and exhibitors the first edition in Belgium will be organised this year on October 11th 2017 at Technopolis, Mechelen. This annual event allows developers and applicants of embedded systems to enrich their knowledge and share the latest technologies and visions with peers. There is focus in the conference program and at the trading area to specific themes: “Internet of Things, Electronic Design /Production and Embedded design challenges”. Exhibitors inform visitors about possible improvements in the field of hardware, software and testing.

cEDM contribution:

Title: Reliability of electronics: a Physics-of-Failure based system approach
Abstract: A typical Printed Board Assembly may contain up to a few thousand components and ten times as many interconnections. Therefore, assessing the reliability of a PBA is not straigthforward. The traditional approach suffers from a few fundamental flaws especially the assumption of a constant failure rate. Physics-of-Failure (PoF) analysis provides quantified models for failure modes such as solder joint fatigue and capacitor degradation. Unfortunately, analyzing even a simple PBA with PoF is a challenge. In this presentation, the basic steps of a comprehensive PoF analysis of a PBA are discussed as well as a pragmatic way of gradual implementation.

How do companies tackle technological hurdles?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

During this Seminar Day, engineers, researchers and R&D managers from the manufacturing industry will come together to learn more about the results of some of our recent projects. In 3 parallel sessions, project managers and industrial partners will elaborate on their newly acquired knowledge and on concrete cases that help companies to innovate.

Each track has its own focus.

Track 1 digs deeper into the re-conception of product development processes and joining technologies for new (multi-)materials.
Track 2 develops Model Based System Engineering (MBSE), for intelligent development methods allowing interim virtual design validation.
Track 3 combines 3 very diverse projects, providing insights in new production technologies, learning control and sensor monitoring. 
At the start of every session, you can chose which track to follow and you can join as many sessions as you want. 

cEDM contribution:

Title: PoF qualification: physical & virtual testing of electronic components and systems
Abstract: Before electronic systems can be launched on the market, they must pass qualification tests according to international standards and customer-specified test programmes. Thermal and mechanical environmental loads are major causes for electronic system failures that also appear during these qualification tests. It is obvious that any failure detected in such tests is very expensive in terms of time and cost. Performing physical & virtual testing allows to find possible weak spots in the system in an early development phase when adaptations are still easy to make. In this seminar, we will show several examples on how reliability testing and simulation are used to test the electronic components and systems from a thermal and mechanical point of view.

Funding, Growing, and Exiting Semiconductor Startups in Europe

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

European start-ups have traditionally been a tremendous source of innovation in the semiconductor industry. However, two major difficulties limit their technological and business impact on the global market: raising capital and obtaining specific start-up support.

The Conference is the meeting place for start-ups, strategic investors, financial investors and everyone else who cares about the future of semiconductor and technology innovation in Europe. Our speakers will share their personal experiences in financing, IPO and acquisition exits for startups, as well as discussing the most promising areas of innovation in the European and global semiconductor ecosystem.

Emerging Technologies

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 to Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Meet and Learn from the Best Experts and Stakeholders in Your Industry

This forum will bring together industry key decision-makers, insightful experts and thought-leaders for a unique gathering to share experience and enjoy the ultimate networking opportunities. Come and network with engineers, business leaders, and visionaries — as well as the leading industry experts and European electronics designers, suppliers and users — who are shaping the future of electronics manufacturing.

Some of your industry's leading players are waiting for you:

  • Airbus
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Plexus
  • NPL
  • Safran
  • IMEC

Fascinating Programme and Speakers

The IPC Reliability Forum programme features interesting and relevant speakers with sessions that will offer powerful insights on inspiring others, maximising a team’s talent. The format will allow attendees to learn and share their experiences. The programme follows the process of product realisation, from design through final testing. We will focus on best practices for working with innovative processes and new materials and equipment.

Düsseldorf, a key location for the IPC Reliability Forum

Take advantage of this opportunity to be at the heart of Europe exploring one of the fastest growing segments within the electronics industry. Experience the benefits of joining this important European electronics environment.

Click here for more information.

cEDM contribution:

Title: Physics of Failure based quantification of life time for electronics board assemblies
Abstract: To avoid electronics hardware failures during qualification or even worse, in the field, it is of high interest to perform a life time prediction of electronic assemblies in a virtual testing environment through modelling and simulations. Crucial elements in the simulation environment are the Physics of Failure (PoF) models which are translating actual loading into a wear-out life time prediction. In this presentation, we will show the PoF model approaches for the major failure mechanisms (solder fractures, Al capacitor failure, plated through hole copper via fatigue) applied to practical applications.

Industrial assembly in the 21st century

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The classical assembly line is coming to a stop. Enter flexible production!

The assembly line was introduced in the early 1900s. It skyrocketed the productivity of workers, for the first time allowing efficient mass production of standard products. The line timed and coordinated the actual production, dividing the work into standard repetitive actions that required little explanation. But lately, products have become smarter, with customized and client-specific features. They no longer fit traditional mass production on a classical assembly line.
What we need today are flexible factories, factories where unique products can be assembled at a cost comparable to mass production. We are seeing the introduction of flexible, digital factories, where the status of each product is known at any time, together with its next production steps. In such a factory, the production configuration can be modified at any time and depending on product specifications. This flexibility is enabled through e.g. mobile robots and autonomous transport lines. For each product, the optimal mix is determined between accurate and efficient automation and human intelligence and flexibility.

In this seminar we will explore this flexible factory of the 21st century.

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Toekomst van elektronicaproductie in de Benelux

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to Thursday, June 1, 2017

Electronics & Automation - De elektronicabeurs van de Benelux

Hoe ziet de Benelux markt voor elektronica productie er over 10 jaar uit? Veel productie is vetrokken naar Azië en later naar Oost-Europa. Maar dit was zeker niet altijd succesvol. Reshoring is een nieuwe trend. Maar de vraag van OEM’ers is wel veranderd. Om te kunnen voldoen aan kleine series en snelle levertijden moeten EMS’ers veranderen in een ‘smart factory’. De sprekers geven hun kijk op de toekomst en laten door middel van praktische presentaties zien hoe zij zich voorbereiden op de toekomst.

cEDM bijdrage:

Donderdag 1 juni: Competitief elektronica ontwerp en assemblage dichtbij de klant

Na een periode van outsourcing van de elektronica assemblage naar het verre Oosten, zien we meer en meer bedrijven de strategische beslissing nemen om productie dichter bij de (Westerse) klant te brengen. Geert Willems geeft zijn kijk op de redenen voor deze “re- of near-shoring”, en hoe de kennis van alle processen en methodologieën, vanaf het ontwerp tot bij de klant, een belangrijke bijdrage levert tot het succes van deze bedrijven. De rol van Design-for-eXcellence, modelering, simulatie en virtuele prototyping wordt toegelicht aan de hand van enkele praktische voorbeelden.

 Artikel in Engineers Online

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Curious about how Flanders Makes research projects can strengthen your company? Then join them on the 23rd of February for their first of two seminar days of the year.

On this day, Flanders Make and speakers from the companies involved will present the results and lessons learned from three of the projects:

  • Waste heat recuperation in vehicles
  • Low-cost embedded 1D vision sensors for smart monitoring applications
  • Model-based design of drivetrain cooling systems

The CEO Dirk Torfs will also give a presentation on the strategy of Flanders Make.

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Increasing your products immunity against electromagnetic disturbances: an approachable way.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 to Friday, February 24, 2017

The research group ReMI (Reliability in Mechatronics and ICT) organizes a course on basic and advanced techniques to increase the immunity of products against electromagnetic disturbances.

Due to the ever increasing use of electronic systems in almost every possible application, the generation of possible disturbances has been continuously growing over the last decade with no signs that this trend will be broken. Besides, one sees that electronic systems are being applied more and more in and for mission or even safety critical functions which require an extremely high resilience against all environmental stresses, including electromagnetic disturbances, over the whole foreseen lifetime. As a product developer it is often very difficult to assess the products environment, let alone foresee the effect of various electromagnetic disturbances on the product itself.

In this training course several topics about the immunity of electronic products and their electromagnetic environment are discussed. Low-cost pre-compliance debugging and protection techniques against ESD, surge transients, etc. are presented.

Key-Note Speaker:

Key-note speaker of this course is Keith Armstrong (UK). Keith has written many practical papers and books on design for EMC and EMC debugging. Much of his working life involves solving real-life EMC problems in high-technology products, systems, and installations, for a variety of companies and organisations in a wide range of industries. Keith has always aimed to make products easy to design and manufacture, work properly, please their users, and make money for their manufacturers.