EPIC Meeting on Automation Tools for Packaging and Testing

22-23 May 2018

Karlsruhe, Germany

The purpose of the EPIC Meeting on Automation Tools for Optoelectronics Manufacturing, Packaging and Testing (PI, Karlsruhe, Germany, 22-23 May 2018) is to bring together equipment manufacturers and companies investing or interested in the further automation of their high precision manufacturing and testing lines, to discuss the production of optoelectronic components and modules (Silicon Photonics, PICs, AOC, VCSEL, Laser Diode, WLP, 2.5D/3D IC, TSV, TCB, Fan-out/EWLP,…)  and to identify bottlenecks in process automation for any industry (HPLD manufacturing, fiber-optics and opto-electronics, medical technology, security and military applications, R&D, telecommunications, and others) and volume demand.


21 May (Monday)

20:00 Pre-event dinner @Bistro, next to our Lobby bar of Radisson Blu Hotel (only for pre-registered participants)

22 May (Tuesday)

Self transfer to PI (directly or carpooling, sharing taxis from Radisson Blu (gather in the lobby at 11:40))

12:00 – 13:30 Registration & Lunch @PI
13:30 – 13:45 Welcoming words by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC & Stéphane Bussa, Vice President Sales & Marketing, PI Group

13:45 Session 1: Setting up the Scene 

13:45 – 14:15 KEYNOTE: Scaling and Profiting in Photonics through 99% Alignment Cost Reduction / Scott Jordan, Head of Photonics, Physik Instrumente (PI)
14:15 – 14:30  Better and faster assembly and testing: recent advances and innovations in photonics automated manufacturing equipment / Ignazio Piacentini, Director of Business Development, ficonTEC Service
14:30 – 14:45 Photonic Assembly Requirements: An Industrial Perspective / Gunther Vollrath, CEO, Aifotec
14:45 – 15:00 Photonic Wirebonding and 3D Nanoprinting in Optical Packaging – from Research to Manufacturing / Christian Koos, Professor & Head of Institute Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
15:00 – 15:15  Integrated Wafer Level Photonics Probing – Challenges and Solutions / Dan Rishavy, Director of Marketing Development, FormFactor

15:15 – 16:00 Networking coffee break

16:00 Session 2: Photonic Automated Testing and Assembly

16:00 – 16:30 New techniques for time-effective testing in silicon photonics devices / Hiroshi Fukuda, Senior Research Engineer, NTT
16:30 – 16:45 Visual Inspection Technologies / Jörg Pierer, Project Manager, CSEM
16:45 – 17:00 Wafer level testing of photonic devices using mirrors on wafer/ Tomi Hassinen, Senior Scientist, VTT
17:00 – 17:15 Demands in photonic packaging: niches to volumes / Peter Harmsma, Senior Scientist, TNO

17:15 – 18:00 Automation Equipment Manufacturers panel discussion / moderator: Ana Gonzalez, R&D Manager, EPIC; panelists: representatives of Finetech, Aifotec, ficonTEC Service, KIT

18:00 Networking gourmet barbecue dinner @PI
22:00 Bus transfer PI – Radisson Blu Hotel

23 May (Wednesday)

08:00 Bus transfer Radisson Blu Hotel – PI (gather at the lobby at 07:55)
08:30 – 09:00 Morning coffee @PI
09:00 – 09:15 Recap of the first day / Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC

09:15 Session 3: Tools and Components 

09:15 – 09:45 nanoGPS OxyO, a new absolute x, y, theta encoder technology: capabilities and example of system integration / Olivier Acher, Director Innovation, HORIBA
09:45 – 10:00 PIXAPP: The Eropean Packaging Pilot Line for Integrated Photonics / Ana Gonzalez, R&D Manager, EPIC
10:00 – 10:15 Optical Test Equipment for Automated Test & Inspection / David Heard, VP Sales EMEA, Santec Europe

10:15 – 11:00 Networking coffee break

11:00 Session 4: Optoelectronics micro-assembly and tools

11:00 – 11:15 Bay Photonics’ low cost packaging strategy / Glenn George, Director, Bay Photonics
11:15 – 11:30 Laser-induced forward-transfer for assembly of micro-components / Geert  Van Steenberge, Professor, imec – Ghent University
11:30 – 11:45 Open Access Facilities at the Centre for Physical Sciences and Technology / Jan Devenson, Senior Researcher, Centre for Physical Sciences and Technologies
11:45 – 12:15 Discussion and action points definition

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:15 Company visit
14:15 Departures (sharing taxis, carpooling)


EPIC members and invited companies: 250 EUR (excluding VAT);  non-members: 450 EUR (excluding VAT). Please be aware that by submitting your data you agree that it will be given to the host of the event – PI Karlsruhe. By registering, you also agree that we can use your data to inform you of details concerning this event.

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Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG (Auf der Roemerstrasse 1, 76228 Karlsruhe, Germany).



The recommended hotel for all participants is Radisson Blu Hotel (Karlsruhe-Ettlingen Am Hardtwald 10, 76275 Ettlingen). Bus transfers organised from / to this hotel only. 


If you have any questions, please contact EPIC events manager Neringa Norbutaite by neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com  (for questions before the event).

Contact onsite: Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC: +31 6 26 978312.