Serdang - Functional Devices Laboratory (FDL), Institute of Advanced Technology (ITMA) UPM has successfully organized the second series of “Thick Film Fabrication Workshop 2018 (TFFW2018)” on 27th and 28th August 2018 at ITMA, UPM. This workshop was co-organized by IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) Malaysia Chapter, and Khai Lien Silk Screen Suppliers (M) Sdn. Bhd. A total of 10 participants from UPM, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) dan Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) participated in this workshop.
The first day of the workshop started with a talk on thick film technology applications by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Nizar Hamidon, Director of ITMA. Participants were briefed in details on how thick films are prepared, the fundamental knowledge of thick film and the applications known to be using thick film technology. Later, the hands-on session was continued with demonstration on the thick film paste preparation in the laboratory. Participants were introduced to the materials needed and the method used to prepare the thick film paste, fabrication process of thick film which utilizes screen printing method, and the firing process of the thick film. The afternoon session of the workshop was continued with a demonstration session of the frequency measurement of antenna which was fabricated using thick film technology, using Vector Network Analyzer or VNA by Dr. Intan Helina Hasan, research officer in ITMA.
On the second day, participants visited Khai Lien Silk Screen (M) Sdn Bhd (KLSS) headquarters in Taman Industri Selaman, Bangi to witness the process of preparing the screen needed for screen printing purpose. The participants were greeted by KLSS team led by Ms Peggy Ng, Marketing Director. Later, Mr Lucas Goh, Assistant Sales Manager, gave a brief introduction on KLSS operations and basics of stencil screen production. After morning break, participants were brought to the production area, where the production team lead by Mr Lucas demonstrated the stencil making process. Afterwards, participants were shown the tshirt printing process and other products supplied by KLSS before heading back to ITMA for lunch break. All participants received screen printing starter kit which includes stencil screen and squeegee, and souvenirs such as tshirt and ball pen from KLSS. The afternoon session continued a talk and demonstration session by Mr Nigel Foong, application specialist from Anton Paar Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. Participants were also given the chance to observe rheology of the thick film paste prepared the day before.
Overall, the second series of the Thick Film Fabrication Workshop 2017 was considered a success with participants gaining new knowledge on the thick film technology, and the possible research topics that can be initiated from the technology, whether on the materials used to prepare the paste, or on the applications of the thick film. The organizing committee hoped that this workshop can be a good starting point for researchers who wish to incorporate thick film technology in their research in future.
Date of Input: 18/01/2019 | Updated: 24/01/2020 | nursyahirah
Institute of Advanced Technology,
Universiti Putra Malaysia,
Selangor Darul Ehsan Malaysia