Industrial Members of TWI can now have printed circuit boards manufactured quickly and easily, thanks to the latest acquisition by the Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC) at TWI.
BIC has recently acquired an LPKF ProtoMat E33 printed circuit board (PCB) fabricator. The device allows rapid in-house prototyping, reducing fabrication time from potentially three weeks to just one hour. It features a maximum travel speed of 60 mm per second, a spindle speed of 33,000rpm and a drill speed of 100 holes per minute.
The ProtoMat E33 is available for compact, low-noise prototyping of analogue and digital electronic circuits. Low noise is essential for the creation of ultrasonic non-destructive testing (NDT) equipment, a major area of research at TWI.
This ProtoMat E33 factsheet contains more information on the equipment’s capabilities and benefits.
Project update: UltraCleanGen
Longstanding partners TWI and BIC of Brunel University London have a history of developing innovative NDT applications for integrity management across engineering.
One of the latest projects researchers at BIC have been working on is UltraCleanGen – one of the handful of Marine Energy: Supporting Array Technologies (MESAT) projects from Innovate UK. UltraCleanGen is harnessing ultrasonic technology to prevent marine fouling, so that marine electricity generators can be confidently deployed for renewable energy.
Through strong partnership between TWI subsidiary Plant Integrity as the industrial project coordinator, GreenTide Turbines and Alpha Electrotech, with research and development support from BIC, the consortium is now at the stage where field trials are being conducted at the European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland.
An exemplar of academia–industry collaboration
For the last seven years, BIC has served as a conduit between academia and industry. This collaborative approach ensures that academic research remains grounded and relevant to industrial need, bridging the gap between theory and application.
The model has proved so successful that it was used as the basis for the thriving National Structural Integrity Research Centre, a postgraduate hub bringing together many of the world’s top universities with some of the biggest names in industry.
For more information, visit www.brunel.ac.uk/bic or contact us.