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Technical Market Analysis
CMC Laboratories close collaboration with strategic customers allows our clients to leverage those relationships through technical market analysis.  CMC can provide customized technology specific market studies that are tailored to the customers specific requirments.  CMC specializes in Advanced Electronic Materials, LED Technology, and Advanced Ceramic Materials.
CMC Approach to Market Analysis 

          - Provide a thorough assessment of the technology, technical market drivers,
            competing technologies and technology roadmap
          - Connect key technologies to applications and end markets
          - Market size and growth derived from end user market size and growth
          - Technology Roadmaps utilized to determine market growth potential and risk

CMC Methodology:

          - Utilize key understanding of technical requirements for products within CMC's
            focus areas.
          - Utilize CMC's wide network of contacts at every level of the supply chain
            within CMC's focus areas.

Custom Mechanical Tensile Test Machine
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CMC's customer was manufacturing a unique medical fixturing device. For quality control, they need to be able to characterize the flexural strength of this tool under very specific loading conditions. CMC built a customer tensile tester which would load the sample per the customer's requirement and measure displacement vs. force. This tool was transferred to the customer and used in quality control.
Electrical Performance in Non-standard Environment
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CMC's customer build a specialized device for a mil-aerospace application. They required a high volume of electrical measurements to be made on this device while undergoing stress in a highly non-standard application. This was used as a production screening test. CMC build a specialized environmental test chamber and set up automated electrical test for this device. This test was done at CMC's Tempe facility.
Customized High-Sensitivity Adhesion Tester
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CMC's customer needed a specialized adhesion tester that could measure contact adhesion forces in the milligram range as a quality control tool. CMC build a customized adhesion tester that utilized the load cell from a micro-balance and used a lab-view program to control and actuator which contacted the sample with a fixed force and then measure the load vs. displacement as the actuator was pulled away from the sample. This tool was built on a stable frame, computer interfaced with Labview and moved to the customer's manufacturing site.
Encapsulated Wirebond T Cycle Video Capture​​
CMC's customer was seeing a wirebond failure in a complex encapsulated package that was not predicted by a Finite Element Model. To understand this failure mode, CMC set up a optical imaging system in an environmental chamber that could be cycled from -40 to +160C. The imaging system created videos of the wire motion vs. temperature. This motion could then be connected to the specific aspects of the package which were leading to this wirebond cycle failure. An example of this video output is shown on the link on the right. This whole non-standard set-up was customized a customer specific problem.
             

             
Lab-View Real Time Data Collection
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Real time high speed data colllection is key to understanding the dynamics of any system while being tested.  It often gives insight into problems not only at the point of failure but the events leading up to the failure as well as the events that follow a failure.  CMC Laboratories  can provide custom turnkey high-speed automated test hardware designs using the latest National Instruments systems while providing intigrated software solutions.
Special Set Up to Measure Contact Resistance vs. Wear on a Customer Proprietary Coating
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CMC's customer developed a proprietary coating technology and needed to evaluate how contact resistance changed with wear cycles. CMC built a wear-tester customized around our customers application. This tester was automated with LabView, which controlled the probe location, sylus speed, stylus stroke as well as data collection. CMC then utilized our Analysis Laboratory to understand the fundamental wear mechanisms that were demonstrated in this custom test set up. CMC was able to assembly this custom test in 4 days, including building the test structure, programming motors, setting up the electrical test and automating the data collection.
Plating Process Development​​
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CMC Laboratories has a dedicated plating development facility and over 35 years of combined plating process experience in developing and licencing electroless and electrolytic plating processing.  This includings plating Au, Au-Co, Ni-P, Ni-B, Ni-Co, Cu, Pt, Pd, Ir, Rh, and more.  CMC also leverages its chemcial development background to develop processes for cleaning and reclaim.
               A Few Examples of Plating Projects:
  • Development and licencing of a low volume high precision plating process for military co-fired AlN parts using a combination of                                   electroless and electrolitic Ni and Au baths.
  • Developed a process for electroless plating of Ni and Au on LTCC (Ag thick film)
  • For a customer in China: design, specification, layout, and implimentation of a complete manufacturing plating line made up of electroless and electrolytic Cu, Ni, Au, Zn,  baths along with activation tanks and rinse lines.
  • For a medical analytical company in US:  development of a custom substrate scrap re-claim process for a "highly valuable and expensive" medical image sensor .   CMC's process was able to bring the substrates to a factory new condition allowing the client to reuse otherwise scrapped components. This resulted in a very large savings.                     
Plating and Chemical Development
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CMC Laboratories has over 35 years of combined plating process experience in developing and licencing electroless and electrolitic plating processing.  This includings plating Au, Au-Co, Ni-P, Ni-Bo, Ni-Co, Ni-W, Cu, Pt, Pd, Ir, Rh, and more.  CMC also leverages its chemcial development background to develope processes for cleaning and reclaim of 

               A Few Examples of Plating Projects:
                      -   Development and licencing of a low volume high precision plating process for military co-fired AlN parts using a combination of                                   electroless and electrolitic Ni and Au baths.  Also we have developed processes for plating Ni-P and Au on LTCC with Ag                                                   metallization.
                      -   Design, specification, layout, and implimentation of a complete manufacturing plating line made up of electroless and electrolitic
                          Cu, Ni, Au, Zn,  baths along with activation tanks and rinse lines.
                      -  Development of a custom substrate scrap re-claim process for a "highly valuable and expensive" medical image sensor .   CMC's                                  process was able to bring the substrates to a factory new condition allowing the client to reuse otherwise scrapped components.                                This saved the client ~2 million a year.                            
Past Market Analysis Customers
Past Market Study Customers
CMC Laboratories forms close collaborations with a customer base that represent a diversified collection of industry leading corporations. CMC's customers range from start-ups to Fortune 100 Corporations, in technologies that include: LEDs and other optoelectronic devices, medical devices, automotive electronics, as well as military and aerospace applications. CMC forms strong partnerships with engineering teams, corporate labs and development teams in areas that include R&D, Failure Analysis, and Processes Improvement. CMC's highly experienced team provides support in solving critical materials-related problems from initial product development, product qualification through full scale volume manufacturing. CMC works directly with technical personnel at our customer's sites as well as with our customer's vendors and our customer's customers, whatever is needed to get the job done.
Below you will find examples outlining the scope of a few past Market Analysis Studies performed for out clients.  Such studies where customized specifically to meet the needs of the customer.  The typical turnaround for a technology driven technical market study can range from 8-16 weeks.    
Example 1: Thermal Interface Materials Study which included the following:
          - Develope a complete market roadmap.
          - Identify competing technologies and eveluate various advatages and disadvatages.
          - Identify key markets, determine the market size, and evaluate the market's growth potential.

Example 2: LED Packaging Materials Study which included the following:
          - Identify potential thermal solutions that meet the customers application.
          - Suggest how those solutions can and should be applied.
          - Identify key suppliers and advantages and disadvantage with thier technology.
          - Develope a complete market roadmap.
          - Identify key markets, determine market size, and evaluate the markets growth potential.

Example 3: LED Encapsulation Material study which included the following:
          - Eveluate various materials
          - Technical assessments of the material through CMC's Analytical Laboratory. 
          - Identify competting technologies and eveluate various advantages and disadvantages.
          - Layout the various technical and commerical drivers that influence the materials use.