Experience the manufacturing process of printed electronics in real life
The Demo Line shows the practical application of printed electronics. A real product is produced live in front of the visitors’ own eyes, giving them the opportunity to really grasp printed electronics.
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. At the LOPEC 2018, the entire value chain for printing NFC powered LEDs was set up in the trade fair environment.
Lighting a candle with your smartphone
Nowadays mobile phones are omnipresent personal devices for versatile applications, since they are equipped with high computational power and multifold wired and wireless interfaces. One key wireless interface is Near-Field-Communication (NFC). NFC allows you to transmit power and data to close-by devices, simply by tapping them with your smartphone. At the LOPEC 2018 Demo Line a birthday card, celebrating LOPEC’s 10th anniversary, literally made this concept visible by an LED that is powered directly when holding your smartphone close to the demonstrator.
An even more advanced version was observed at the Demo Line stand as well. Here, the NFC circuit was connected to a microchip to enable further functionalities, e.g. the read-out of a temperature or transmission of a web link. And because the chip is made flexible by thinning it, the creation of devices that can be directly worn on the body or attached to any other object is enabled. Since it is a passive device, no battery is needed for these applications, because the energy is provided wirelessly by your smartphone. This enables applications in wearables or the packaging industry.
A collaboration of OE-A members
More than a dozen OE-A members worked together to create this unique project, coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS.
The following companies were involved in the 2018 production line:
adphos Digital Printing, American Semiconductor, Coatema Coating Machinery, DuPont Teijin Films, Elantas Europe, Fujifilm Dimatix, Genes'Ink, GT+W, Hoffmann + Krippner, NovaCentrix, Schoeller Technocell, THIEME, Witte and supported by EXAKT Advanced Technologies. These companies—representing the entire value chain—come together to join efforts in further developing emerging technologies as well as producing innovative products.
Guided Demo Line tours
During the LOPEC Exhibition days at March 14 and 15, you could take part in guided tours of the Demo Line at:
- 09:30 (English), Hall B0 407
- 12:00 (German), Hall B0 407
- 14:00 (English), Hall B0 407