Super small, super smart
Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, or MEMS, are extremely miniaturised systems that combine electronic and mechanical components. Thanks to MEMS, it is also possible to implement the functions of optomechatronic systems in a single component.
Though tiny, they are more versatile, intelligent and powerful: MEMS systems have already revolutionized several products and brought forth ground-breaking innovations. Thanks to their small size, higher efficiency and multifunctionality at lower costs, they have become the standard solution for smartphones and tablets. In medical technology they also offer the potential to expand or replace conventional systems. In addition, since connectors and cables are no longer required and there is virtually no mechanical wear and tear, they are usually more reliable than conventional systems.
Smart analysis system. Among other things WILD builds MEMS in a grating spectrometer used in pharmacies. The ingredients used to mix medicines usually look identical and therefore, pharmacists are obliged to control the raw materials for a recipe to rule out any mistakes. So far, this analysis has been very time-consuming and cost-intensive. The Apo-Ident device now allows pharmacists to carry out a medication identity check in just a few seconds. The centerpiece of this system, a scanning grating spectrometer, is made by WILD. Compared to conventional spectrometers it can identify more chemical compounds and mixtures and determine the concentrations of their ingredients at a lower investment cost. Its reference database contains more than 1,100 raw materials, ranging from powders to ointments to liquids. As an affordable OEM component, this compact system also opens completely new possibilities in process and quality control for the food, plastics, recycling and chemical industries.