High-tech challenges

When one wants high-end solutions for high-tech problems, synergy is key according to Guustaaf Savenije and Ton Peijnenburg in Link Magazine. In the Link Magazine news article, these high-tech enthusiasts explain how working together and sharing knowledge contributes to better products, enriching insights and a fair contribution to the relevance of the region (i.e. the east of the Netherlands, Flanders and the German hinterland) in their global context.

According to Ton and Guustaaf now is the time for technological companies, industries and universities to anticipate the ever-increasing complexity of the current and future technical needs. These more complex needs are especially centered in the Semicon, medical, and analytical technology fields. Additionally, as emphasizes in the article, it goes even beyond these four fields. Hence, it is of vital importance to get a grip on complexity for almost every growing industry.

To sketch a vivid example of what this ‘complexity’ causes, means and what its consequences are, the chip production process is outlined. It is explained how extreme requirements in the process of producing the smallest chips ever make up for one of the biggest high-tech challenges at this moment. Think for example about how heat, tiny dirt particles, moving elements, and the complex cohesion of components on such a compact basis form real obstacles.

In conclusion, the two gentlemen agree upon how the expanding challenging high-tech environment requires a multidisciplinary system approach. Also, the knowledge and expertise of a large group of high-tech companies need to be combined. This is needed because system suppliers are facing such a high level of complexity that they cannot work it out on their own anymore.

Guustaaf Savenije and Ton Peijnenburg