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EPIC houses circa £2M worth of photonics and microelectronics prototyping equipment.

Date Announced: 16 Sep 2021

This includes die and wire bonding solutions from Palomar, microscopy and analysis from Nikon, Jeol and Mitutoyo, device packaging from Pyramid Engineering, test from XYZTEC and EPIC's own bespoke optical alignment system.

Businesses that join EPIC will immediately gain free access to this and future technical capability, a classified cleanroom and the chance to collaborate with other specialist companies. Since opening in 2019, EPIC has welcomed 12 businesses into the centre and is now 70% occupied.

EPIC Centre Director, Wayne Loschi, is excited with how the centre has grown from a technical perspective; “EPIC has partnered with some very lucrative suppliers in the microelectronics and photonics industry to compile a compelling range of prototyping facilities for our businesses. Our range of equipment will enable current and future EPIC tenants to win more business in some of the more sensitive markets such as MedTech, Aerospace, Defence and Space.”

The centre now houses circa £2 million worth of innovative prototyping equipment to support the needs of an ever-growing local cluster. EPIC has recently taken delivery of a device packaging system from technology partners Pyramid Engineering. The system, which comprises a HPS 10-19 Hybrid Package Sealer, glove box, oven and associated ancillary items, is now installed in EPIC’s Prototyping Suite.

The process was supported by EPIC tenant Bay Photonics, which specialises in photonics device packaging and understand the technical needs of the sector. Pyramid Engineering was keen to join companies such as Nikon, Palomar and Mitutotyo and become a technology partner at EPIC. This enables equipment suppliers to showcase their technology to EPIC tenants and the wider Hi-Tech Cluster.


White Rock Business Park, Waddeton Close, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7RZ

E-mail: wayne.loschi@tda.uk.net

Web Site: www.epic-centre.co.uk

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