LED lighting has the advantage of being small and providing a lot of light for lower energy consumption. A challenge is to keep the temperature of the LED low.

The goal of Life-on-Chip, which took place in Leuven on 22 February, was to speed up the innovation process towards new healthcare solutions. The conference focused on the cross-fertilisation potential between several cutting-edge technologies, such as microfluidics, which was discussed by the experts of Sirris's Micro Lab and Product Development Hub.

A development project for a scalable platform has just been launched which is dedicated to the industrial formulation of innovative encapsulated products under continuous flow conditions.

Miniaturisation is a challenge for the Healthcare sector. Sirris is supporting a company in the development of a fluidic microdevice for extremely accurate blood analysis, to be used at the patient's bedside.

How the encounter between engineering and bio-medics is providing solutions in the health sector.

Ultrasonic moulding is pushing the limits of standard injection moulding and is offering infinite possibilities for the production of complex miniature parts.

Coris BioConcept, based in the province of Namur, launched a new, fully-automated medical diagnostic platform – a sort of portable laboratory no bigger than an office computer. Samples taken from the patient are entered into the device on various fluidic chips. Coris called on the expertise of SMALL-Lab to develop the biomedical analysis chip, which has microchannels measuring a fraction of a millimetre.

Since 2011 companies have been able to contact the Sirris Microfabrication AppLication Lab (SMALL) to find out more about the potential of microfabrication and miniaturisation. The machinery available for this has recently been increased resulting in laboratory facilities encompassing a comprehensive microfabrication chain. Moreover, the laboratory is involved in numerous projects and can also rapidly respond to emerging trends. This has been accomplished in close collaboration with industry and its partners.

Using its high precision milling machine, Sirris recently succeeded in applying micro-texturing to (stainless) steel and titanium surfaces. The micro-structure makes the surface water-repellent in exactly the same way as we see on the lotus leaf in nature.

How do you print a circuit or a sensor on your products? The answer is: AJP (Aerosol Jet Printing) ! To showcase this innovative technology and its benefits, Sirris Microfabrication AppLication Lab (SMALL) will be holding a number of exhibition sessions on 7 October as part of the Week of Miniaturisation (6 - 10 October 2014).