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IBS Precision Engineering has been awarded a major contract from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) as part of the ALICE detector upgrade project. This is the largest contract of its kind to be placed in the Netherlands in recent history. ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) is one of the 4 detectors of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN’s well known flagship.

The ALICE detector can be considered as one of the most complex scientific instruments built by mankind. During the LHC shutdown in 2018 and 2019 CERN is planning to upgrade the ALICE central barrel detectors with a new low material and high-resolution silicon pixel detector in order to greatly improve features like spatial resolution, tracking efficiency and readout rate capabilities.

IBS is providing precision engineering for this advanced upgrade. They will supply a number of stand-alone systems to deliver high accuracy sensor array positioning and interconnect.  The sensor chips, to be assembled as part of the Inner Tracking System (ITS) and the Muon Forward Tracker (MFT) of the detector, are only 50µm thick and will require ultra precision laser soldering of up to 100 interconnects per chip. 

IBS will develop the automatic assembly systems to accomplish these requirements. The systems will be delivered to CERN and five institutes around the globe.


About IBS Precision Engineering:

IBS Precision Engineering (headquarters in Eindhoven, the Netherlands) delivers world class measurement, positioning and motion systems where ultra-high precision is required. As a strategic engineering partner to the world’s best manufacturing equipment and scientific instrument suppliers, IBS has a distinguished track record of proven and robust precision solutions. Leading edge metrology (measurement expertise) is at the core of all that IBS does. From complex carbon-fibre jet engine components to semiconductor chips accurate to tens of atoms; IBS has provided key enabling technologies.


About CERN:

At the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.