Experience the manufacturing process of printed electronics in real life

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Visit the Demo Line at LOPEC 2019 and take an electronic dice with you

Are you interested in manufacturing processes of organic and printed electronics and would you like to see equipment in operation? The LOPEC Demo Line gives you the perfect opportunity. On March 20 and 21, the manufacturing of hybrid electronics and printed batteries will be shown at LOPEC 2019—in a trade fair environment.

Rolling the dice
LOPEC will also provide all this year’s visitors, from manufacturers to users of printed electronic components, with a perfect opportunity to obtain information on the production process involved in organic and printed electronics by seeing the machinery in operation. 

As already evident from its name, electronics require power to function. This holds true for classical as well as for printed electronics. Rigid power supplies, e.g. coin cell batteries, go perfectly hand-in-hand with classical, rigid electronics. However, to unleash the full potential of printed electronics the power source has to be flexible as well. By printing the battery, the power source can be made flexible and can be freely designed to incorporate just the right amount of energy for the envisioned use-case. Furthermore, for lots of computing power on a small scale, classical electronics are still the way to go. In order to combine these with printed electronics these silicon chips can be made flexible and, thus, combine the best of two worlds. 

This year’s demonstrator incorporates all of these and more technologies and aspects of printed electronics – a perfect example of a hybrid system. A printed primary battery powers a circuit printed on polymer film. When the resistive switch is pressed, the flexible silicon chip generates a random number and drives regular SMD-LEDs to display the number. This showcases the huge potential of combining printed electronics with adapted classical electronics to create novel and flexible devices. This technology furthermore shows the versatility of printed electronics especially when it comes to flexibility and ease of production through roll to roll processes.
If you want to experience the entire value chain of an electronic dice, then visit the Demo Line (B0 405) at LOPEC 2019 and pick up your demonstrator.

A collaboration of OE-A members
The LOPEC Demo Line is a unique initiative of OE-A members, collaborating to create this unique project. 

The following companies are also participating in the 2019 production line: adphos Digital Printing, American Semiconductor, Coatema Coating Machinery, DuPont Teijin Films, Elantas Europe, elmeric, Novacentrix, Varta Microbatteries and Witte. The demo line is coordinated by Hochschule der Medien. These companies—representing the entire value chain—come together to join efforts in further developing emerging technologies as well as producing innovative products – and this in the challenging environment of an exhibition hall.

For more information or questions, please contact robert.lindner@oe.a.org