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MEMs

The concept behind MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems) is to design and build a micro-system, sizes ranging from micrometers to millimeters, with various combinations of micro-sensors, micro-actuators, micro-electronics and micro-structures.   A MEMS design can be a single structure with no moving elements, or a complexed structure with multiple moving elements.  MEMS sensors responses and reacts to temperature, pressure, inertial forces, chemical species, magnetic field, and radiation… etc.  

Some of the challenges in working with MEMS technology occur due to its small sizes.  It is almost physically impossible to interact with a MEMS device. If not handled correctly, MEMS devices are easy to break due to external forces and therefore leads to performance failure.  It requires careful handling from the design phase, fabrication and production testing.

RTI has extensive experiences in developing MEMS related testing sockets and testing fixtures in various applications.  We are available to help with your MEMS application testing needs at rtisales@testfixtures.com.
 
Because of its small sizes and low-cost in manufacturing, MEMS technology have been widely used in varies industries nowadays.  Here are some examples of MEMS technology in our day to day life:       
 
  • Automotive and Aerospace– renovating the crash air-bag deployment systems, Manifold Air Temperature, wireless communication, Anti-Skid, and Air-Temperature controls…etc.
  • Biotechnology – Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) microsystems for DNA amplification and identification, enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), capillary electrophoresis, electroporation, micro-machined Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STMs), biochips for detection of hazardous chemical and biological agents, and micro-systems for high-throughput drug screening and selection. 
  • Communication and Consumer Products – Microphones, Gyroscopes for tablet devices, and RF wireless enhancement…etc.
  • Medicine / Patient Care – Various patient monitors such as breathes rates, blood flow rates,  drug flow rates and detect for obstructions and blockages, and blood analysis (concentration of O2, CO2, calcium, potassium, and glucose)