Special Issue "Product/Process Fingerprint in Micro Manufacturing"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019)
The continuous miniaturization of products, and the growing complexity of their embedded multi-functionalities, call for incessant research and development of micro components and related micro-manufacturing technologies.
Highly-miniaturized systems, manufactured on a wide variety of materials, find applications in key technological fields, such as health-care devices, micro implants, mobility, communications, optics, and micro electromechanical systems.
Innovations required for high precision manufacturing of micro components can specifically be achieved through optimizations using post-process (i.e., off-line) and in-process (i.e., on-line) metrology of both process input and output parameters, as well as geometrical features of the produced micro parts. However, it is of critical importance to reduce the metrology and optimization efforts, since process and product quality control can take up a significant portion of the total production time in micro-manufacturing.
To solve this fundamental challenge, research efforts are undertaken in order to define, investigate, implement and validate the so-called “Product/Process Manufacturing Fingerprint” concept.
The “Product Manufacturing Fingerprint” concept refers to those unique dimensional outcomes (e.g., surface topography, form error, critical dimensions, etc.) on the produced component that, if kept under control and within specifications, it ensures that the entire micro component complies to its specifications.
The “Process Manufacturing Fingerprint” is a specific process parameter or feature to be monitored and controlled in order to maintain the manufacture of products within the specified tolerances.
By integrating both Product and Process Manufacturing Fingerprint concepts, the metrology and optimization efforts are highly reduced. Therefore, the quality of the micro products increases, with obvious improvement on the production yield.
Accordingly, this Special Issue seeks to showcase research papers, short communications, and review articles that focus on novel methodological developments and applications in micro and sub-micro scale manufacturing, process monitoring and control, as well as micro and sub-micro product quality assurance. Focus will be on micro manufacturing process chains and their micro product/process fingerprint, towards full process optimization and zero-defect micro manufacturing.
We look forward to receiving your submissions.
Prof. Dr. Guido Tosello
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- micro and nano manufacturing
- process chains
- micro and nano metrology
- process monitoring
- process control
- micro production quality assurance