Phil Rumsby is CEO of M-Solv. He has worked with lasers and their industrial applications for over 30 years. Initially Phil worked with ultra-high power lasers for fusion reactor refuelling at the UK Atomic Energy Authority at Culham and then for scientific research activities at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, where he headed the High Power Laser Group, supervising development and scientific use of the VULCAN high power laser facility. Phil founded Exitech Ltd in 1984 and concentrated on the development of novel industrial laser micromachining applications and the design and manufacture of industrial laser micro-machining tools. After a short period as Business Development Manager for Oerlikon Optics UK he founded M-Solv Ltd in 2007. Phil has published over 50 papers and filed over 40 patent applications dealing with novel optical systems for laser micromachining and with new laser and inkjet manufacturing methods.
Pete Richards joined M-Solv in September 2007 as Engineering Director. He brings to M-Solv 17 years’ experience in the field of mechanical design, manufacturing and assembly of laser micromachining equipment to include stable machine structures, CNC positioning stages, opto-mechanics, precision mechanisms and safety enclosures. Pete works with international manufacturing partners throughout the design, build and installation processes and leads a team of engineers specialising in mechanical, electrical, control system and software design.
Prior to joining M-Solv Pete was Senior Mechanical Designer at Exitech responsible for the mechanical design of laser micromachining equipment including systems operating within ultrahigh vacuum environments.
David Milne joined M-Solv’s senior management team in March, 2008 as Laser Process and R&D Manager. He brings to M-Solv more than 14 years of experience in the field of laser micromachining and machine building. He leads the R&D teams specialising in Touch Panel and Advanced Packaging applications. Prior to joining M-Solv, David was a Senior Technologist at Oerlikon Optics, and prior to that, held a variety of positions at Exitech Ltd, including 5 years at Exitech KK, Japan, as a Senior Systems Engineer, and then as Service & Support Manager. David earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics with honours from the University of Portsmouth.
Adam Brunton leads the M-Solv development group focused on PV interconnects, inkjet printing and spray deposition of functional materials for the large area electronics industry. He has a wide experience of technology development and implementation in challenging industries. Before joining M-Solv Adam developed prototype exposure tools and optics for extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) lithography of semiconductor devices at Exitech and Media Lario Technologies. This was a change from his early career as a university lecturer researching X-ray optics for astronomy and planetary science applications. After receiving an MA in Physics from Oxford University he studied for a PhD on X-ray optics from Leicester University. Adam also worked on calibration of NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory and has published over 40 papers.
Helios Chan joined M-Solv HK as an application engineer in Sept, 2009 and became senior application engineer in 2011. In these positions, he worked on machine commissioning, laser process development and product reliability, specialising in touch panel applications. In 2012, he was relocated to join M-Solv UK. Since, he has been the touch panel technology leader, where he focuses on R&D in laser processing of metals and novel transparent conductors. Helios earned his BSc degree in Engineering Physics with honours and MPhil from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is currently undertaking a Phd study on laser interaction with 2D material.
Simon Henley completed his PhD in the Physics Department of the University of Bristol in 2001. After which, he stayed on at Bristol on an industrially sponsored collaborative project to develop field emission displays and was involved in fundamental research into the interactions of pulsed lasers with materials. In 2003 he moved to the University of Surrey, and after completing an RCUK Academic fellowship, was appointed a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, in Electronic Engineering in the Nano-Electronics Centre in Advanced Technology Institute, where his research focused on the use of pulsed lasers for fabricating and processing optical/electronic devices and sensors. In 2013 he joined M-Solv where he works to develop a range of hybrid laser/inkjet/spray processes for electronics manufacture.