Live manufacturing of printed electronics demonstrated at LOPE-C



For the first time, the entire production process for printed electronics will be demonstrated live at a trade fair. The OE-A Working Group 'Upscaling Production' has set up a production line at LOPE-C in cooperation with two research centers and eleven international companies. It shows how fully functional and interactive battery testers are produced in several printing and coating processes. You can see the LOPE-C Demo Line on 12 and 13 June at the trade fair - and there are guided tours at 14.00 on both days. This is the first time that material suppliers, equipment manufacturers and process developers have teamed up at LOPE-C to show exclusively on site the production of an interactive demonstrator. Thomas Kolbusch, Vice President of Coatema and OE-A Board member: "With the LOPE-C Demo Line, we are showing clearly that the technology has evolved to the point where we can even set up low-cost mass production right in the middle of an event." Besides the OE-A Working Group 'Upscaling Production', the Technical University of Darmstadt (idd printing science technology) and Fraunhofer ENAS (Baumann printing research), the following companies are involved in the production line: (in alphabetical order) adphos, Bosch Rexroth, Coatema, DuPont Teijin Films, Fujifilm Dimatix, Heraeus Precious Metals, LCR Hallcrest and Novacentrix, PChem Associates, Schoeller Technocell and Xenon (Polytec). The production line will be manufacturing a credit card-sized battery tester. On paper or film, three functional layers will be applied over a width of 100 mm in several printing and coating processes, using a pilot system from Coatema. Once current is flowing through the battery tester, a logo will become visible. On the second day of the show (13 June), visitors can take away the fully functional, interactive battery tester from the LOPE-C Demo Line as a free sample. Guided tours will be arranged daily at 14.00 - please go to the Meeting Point at the Demo Line. On the LOPE-C Demo Line, visitors have the opportunity to familiarize themselves also with other production processes. There will be additional stations relating to inkjet printers, high-precision materials feed as well as process control and monitoring systems or equipment for sintering processes. LOPE-C 2013