The System Integration Laboratory (SIL), also known as the Michael Faraday Laboratory, is a one-of-a-kind research and development area, where novel and automated manufacturing technologies are studied, developed, and evaluated through custom hardware and software.
The primary focus in the SIL is assembly of complex and heterogeneous systems, ranging from a few nanometers to several millimeters in size. High-end sensor systems, including multiple optical microscopes, interferometers, and a scanning electron microscope, provide feedback for the automated assembly of products. The laboratory is also the home to two breakthrough technologies:
- the electro-hydro-dynamic printer and
- the prototype of a flexible manufacturing system—a modular and reconfigurable manufacturing cell.
Much of the on-going research and development in the SIL is funded by the federal government and industry.