SMTA International Conference Proceedings


Author: Daniel Fenner
Company: Henkel Corporation
Date Published: 10/24/2010   Conference: SMTA International

Abstract: The field of printed electronics (PE) is becoming increasingly dynamic, with the technology garnering much interest as of late. Using printing processes to build a functioning electrical device is a very attractive option within many markets for several reasons. These include speed of production, cost of manufacture and very flexible form factors. In fact, PE currently has significant penetration in the white goods, membrane and capacitive touch markets. Current applications within the medical sector include printing EKG and defibulator pads, glucose sensors, drug delivery devices and printed heaters. Other well-established applications include RFID antenna for security devices and EL lighting.

PE is also beginning to gain ground in markets such as energy storage (printed batteries), solar cells (printed bus bars and lead frames) and lighting (micro-LED technology). This paper will focus on the current footprint in the Printed Electronics industry and the author will discuss the three primary printing processes currently used for printed electronics.

The paper will address evaluation and selection of various printing methods and the benefits and drawbacks of each. In addition, materials sets used in printed circuitry will be discussed.

The paper will cover products used in the fields of Medical, Display, Lighting, Solar and Security.

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