No. 11 / October 2007
Productronica 2007: Production Line for Shape-Adapted
Electronics as Live Show
- Live production line "Customized System in Package Solutions" at
Productronica 2007 visualizes manufacturing of flexible RFID components
- Economic production methods for electronics adapted to shape are a
prerequisite for new applications
- Great variety of exhibitors provide an outlook on the "The Future of
Electronic System Integration"
- RFID-equipped "intelligent" ballpoint pen as give-away for trade fair visitors
supports individual booth management
"Form follows function" – the architects of modern electronics are reversing this
traditional design guideline, because they are adding an increasing number of
functions to continuously decreasing space. "Shape-adapted electronics" makes
handy multimedia cellphones out of mobile phones, helps to ensure collision-free
parking with miniature sensors and radios its location in real time as a package label
to the owner. From 13 to 16 November 2007, the more than 1,500 international
exhibitors of Productronica 2007 in Munich will show the production technologies that
make system integration and other progress possible in the first place.
Trade fair visitors in Hall B5, the exhibition area for microproduction, can observe
how microelectronics are produced. The Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and
Microintegration (IZM) will produce programmable RFID (radio-frequency
identification) components, whose 3-dimensional antenna layout is adapted
specifically for achieving maximum sensitivity in the inner cavity of a ballpoint pen, at
the demonstration line "Customized System in Package Solutions" at booth B5.255.
Following insertion of this shape-adapted electronics into the pen, the personal data
and the very specific information needs of the respective trade fair visitor are
transmitted per radio signal. With this "intelligent" ballpoint pen in his or her pocket, a
surprising world of information opens up for the visitor during a tour of the booth. The
information, which the respective visitor especially wants, appears on the screens
next to each exhibit: the requested, customized explanations.
Economic Series Production Makes New Applications Possible
The electronic components produced in series at Productronica 2007 link
inexpensively manufactured polymer electronics with high-performance silicon
technology. The decisive role of electronics production technology as a driving force
of innovation is illustrated in its manufacturing. Thanks to progress in industrial
electronics production, for example, new materials such as polymer and innovative
integration concepts can be implemented in applications in a short time. The path of
"shape-adapted electronics" such as the flexible and compact RFID chip into the very
different application areas is only opened with economic series production,
regardless of whether as contactless access tickets, pirating protection for brand
products or intelligent dressing for a wound.
Live at the Production Line – Samples Produced to Take Along
Trade fair visitors can observe the complex manufacturing process of sensitive RFID
transponders directly at a 15-meter long production line.
At the start of the "conveyor belt", a polymer silver paste is applied to a thin foil in a
coil configuration using a screen process. The coils on the carrier materials are then
dried in the subsequent reflow oven. In the next step, the chip is mounted at the
correct spot on the coil in a "flip-chip-die-bonder" using a non-conductive adhesive.
The correct connection is then checked via AOI (Automatic Optical Inspection). Last
but not least, the sensitive coils are cut out of the foil using a laser cutter. As a result,
the visitor gets a 100 μm thin RFID component according to state-of-the-art
microelectronics at the end of the production line. It is extremely flexible, especially
small and has a design adapted to its application environment.
The final product, a ballpoint pen equipped with an RFID component that can be
programmed individually, will be presented to interested trade fair visitors as a give-
The demonstration line at Productronica 2007 is being arranged by Messe München
in collaboration with the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), special
Productronic Division. The product and technology for the "shape-adapted
electronics" was developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and
Microintegration (IZM). Numerous renowned companies are participating in setting
up the production line, and they explain their equipment and how it functions in the
neighboring information booths. The screen printer and the dryer are being supplied
by Aurel Automation, the flip-chip-die-bonder and the AOI system are from Siemens
A&D, Business Division of Electronic Assembly Systems (EA), and the IPTE
Company is providing the laser cutter and the handling equipment. The components
and materials used for manufacturing the RFID transponder are from Infineon
(chips), DuPont (print paste), Heraeus (adhesive), Koenen (precision screen),
Coveme (polyester foil), Schnaidt (foil carrier) and Dynamic Systems (RFID
Trends for System Integration in Electronics
The live production line "Customized System in Package Solutions" will start daily at
10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and will be in operation 15 minutes each
time. The Fraunhofer IZM is presenting current trends around the demonstration line
with additional exhibits for "The Future of Electronic System Integration". They
visualize "extremely miniaturized electronics", i.e., technologies for setting up
extremely small and flat electronics as well as examples of "3D integration", for
example stacking chips and integrating active components in circuit boards. Other
future trends included "functional packaging", which can be integrated into their
application environments physically for subsystems and systems, and "flexible
electronics“, which can be folded or worked into textiles, for example.
You can obtain additional information on the live show at the Productronica website
at www.productronica.com in the “Events” section.
This press release can be found in the Internet at www.productronica.com/presse.
About Productronica and Global electronics
Productronica is the leading world trade fair for electronic manufacturing. It has taken place
in Munich every two years since 1975 and is a trade fair, which Messe München International
organizes within the framework of the global electronics network. This network includes the
leading international trade fairs electronica and Productronica in Munich as well as leading
regional trade fairs in Brazil, Hong Kong, China and India. With more than 8,000 exhibitors
and more than 280,000 visitors at the Global electronics trade fairs, Messe München
International is one of the internationally leading trade fair organizers in this segment.
The Internet portal www.global-electronics.net is the virtual platform of the international
electronics industry with industry information, market data, product innovations and
application reports as well as information about the global electronics trade fairs. The Global
Electronics Club www.ge-club.net is the network platform of the industry.
About Messe München International (MMI)
Messe München International (MMI) is one of the world’s leading trade-fair organizations with
approximately 40 trade fairs for investment goods, consumer goods and new technologies.
More than 30,000 exhibitors from more than 100 countries and over two million visitors from
more than 200 countries take part each year in the trade fairs in Munich. In addition, MMI
organizes trade fairs in Asia, Russia, the Middle East and South America. With five foreign
affiliated companies in Europe and Asia as well as 66 foreign representatives covering 89
countries, MMI has a global network.
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