Online Course: Microfabrication Process Engineering Using XperiDesk

November 17 to 19, 2020
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This three-day online training course uses lectures and hands-on exercises for task-based usage of XperiDesk in a methodological approach to process engineering.  

XperiDesk Suite is a design execution system for fabrication processes at university-based micro-nanotechnology (MNT) facilities across Canada. This design environment captures process data to streamline micro-nanotechnology research and development. Leverage verified processes to focus on your own customization and innovation using the tool.  

Process engineering using XperiDesk follows industry best practices to guide the engineer from idea to product. Learn more about XperiDesk. 

Trainees will learn to: 

  • Understand XperiDesk process engineering methodology and use XperiDesk to implement best practices for process engineering. 
  • Build an abstract process flow, and then select specialized process steps to specify the process flow. 
  • Use XperiDesk consistency checks to increase the fab-readiness of a process flow.
  • Understand the utility of simulators (e.g., MEMS Pro) to visually communicate design intent and to predict process success. 
  • Create a run sheet and track wafers through processing with automatic collection of experimental data.  

Target Attendees

  • Microfabrication facility managers, process engineers, and operators. 
  • Trainers: users and staff of academic microfabrication facilities who are interested in providing training and/or support for XperiDesk Suite to other users in their team. 

To be eligible as a trainer: 

  • You agree to be identified and act as the designated trainer for your research group; 
  • You are a faculty, student, or research staff from a Canadian Academic Institution; 
  • Limit 1 per research group; and 
  • You have (or have a supervisor with) a CMC Subscription or Research Support Access.

Registration is open to academic and industry participation


  • Set up a user account for online access via CMC to the XperiDesk Training System (allow one week for set up of new accounts).
  • Complete self-paced introductory training (approximately 4 hours). Registrants must qualify through XperiDesk Basics training before attending this training course. Training materials will be sent following registration.


See the full course outline for more details. 

Date Time Details
Nov/17/2020 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern
  • Motivation & Methodology
  • Abstract Process Flow Design
    Virtually verifying process flows (Part 1)
  • Designing a manufacturing flow
Nov/18/2020 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern
  • Virtually verifying process flows (Part 2)
  • Simulating a Process Flow
Nov/19/2020 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern
  • Tracking & Tracing physical experiments & knowledge management
  • Experiment Information Management
  • Overview: Importing Experimental / real-life data
  • Q&A and next steps

Pricing and Registration

Attendee Group Price Registration
Trainer: See the Trainer Requirements. $100
Academic with Subscription $400
Non-subscriber $1500

Equipment Requirements

It is hands-on training. Use of two displays is highly recommended for participation in the course.


Dr. Dirk Ortloff

Dr. Dirk Ortloff has been a graduate computer scientist since 1995 and received his doctorate parallel to his work on development methods and knowledge management in micromechanics. His current focus is on improving innovation management through methods, techniques and tools in several high-tech industries. After excursions into the areas of telecommunications (billing between network operators during liberalization) and truck tolls (development manager for central systems and overall system architect Toll Collect), he returned to semiconductor-related industries in 2002. In 2007 Dr. Ortloff founded Process Relations GmbH, a software company that developed XperiDesk, the tool streamlining R&D, as a spin-off of his and other doctoral theses. camLine GmbH acquired Process Relations at the beginning of 2014 to take XperiDesk to the next level. During his time at camLine Dr. Ortloff took over the responsibilities for more and more products and business units. Early in 2020 he founded DO-IT-Service GmbH, leveraging his expertise to consult with organizations of all sizes to make their R&D activities faster and more effective.


If you have any comments or questions regarding the course content or registration, please contact Sarah Neville (neville@cmc.ca).


Course cancellations must be received in writing at least one (1) week before the beginning date of the course to receive a full refund of the registration fee. A cancellation made after the deadline will not receive a refund.

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