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Opportunities and challenges in printed
electronics production
Wim Christiaens, PhD, R&D Director
Printed Electronics Euro...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
Outline
Introduction to Quad Industries
Printed Electro...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
Quad Industries
 Core business: User interfaces/control ...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
Quad Industries
 Core business (I): User interfaces/cont...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
Quad Industries
 Background technology: electronic assem...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
Quad Industries
 Core business (II): printed electronics...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
IoT
 Internet-of-Things / Internet-of-Everything
networ...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
IoT
 Applications are everywhere
 Few examples:
Home a...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
IoT
 Another example: healthcare
(source: freescale.com/...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
IoT
 Drivers of the IoT revolution are a combination of:...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
Printed electronics
 Definition
Printed electronics = ma...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
printed foil
sensors
energy
storage
energy
harvesting
ele...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
 Cornerstones of the implementation of the roadmap:
 Pa...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
Printed battery technology
 Quad Industries is new licen...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
Temperature logger
 Smart disposable tag, with
Integrat...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
Temperature logger
 Hybrid electronics on thin PET foil
...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
Smart shoe insole (I)
 Development in collaboration with...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
Smart shoe insole (I)
 Development in collaboration with...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
Smart shoe insole (I)
 Development in collaboration with...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
Smart shoe insole (II)
 Development in collaboration wit...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
EU-FP7 TERASEL project
Thermoplastically deformable circu...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
EU-FP7 TERASEL project
Fabrication of flat electronic cir...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
EU-FP7 TERASEL project
 Quad Industries demonstrator
Re...
Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com
Conclusions
Quad Industries has…
 over 30 years of exper...
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Opportunities and challenges in printed electronics production

Printed electronics represents an enormous potential in a world of interconnected appliances. But there is still a large gap between the technology that is available and the potential for real-life applications. “That’s why we are focusing so strongly on intensive collaboration with our customers,” says Wim Christiaens, R&D director at Quad Industries.

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Opportunities and challenges in printed electronics production

  1. 1. Opportunities and challenges in printed electronics production Wim Christiaens, PhD, R&D Director Printed Electronics Europe conference Berlin, April 27-28, 2016
  2. 2. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com Outline Introduction to Quad Industries Printed Electronics Introduction to IoT Quad Industries: vision & roadmap Printed batteries Temperature logger Smart shoe insoles
  3. 3. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com Quad Industries  Core business: User interfaces/control panels Printed Electronics  Founded in year: 1997  Annual sales: EUR 5 mln.  2 production sites Quad Belgium, Sint-Niklaas • > 20 employees Quad Slovakia, Žilina – Bytčica • > 60 employees  Internet: www.quad-ind.com
  4. 4. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com Quad Industries  Core business (I): User interfaces/control panels Membrane switches Overlays & foils Capacitive touch Piezo touch - screen printing and digital printing - domed foils - backlight integration LED/EL backlighting – EMC shielding – embossing – silicone switches Capacitive switches P-Cap touch screens - software enhanced piezo touch - Aito Chip - haptic feedback - transparent switches, sliders and wheels - customisable cover glass - single/multi touch - rotating, pinching, sliding - customisable cover glass - optical bonding in clean room
  5. 5. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com Quad Industries  Background technology: electronic assembly PCB assembly - several pick & place machines - manual and semi-automatic stencil printers for paste and glue printing - automatic reflow ovens - vapour-phase soldering system - wave-soldering - optical stereo viewers - AOI Cable assembly - Flatcables, data cables - Power cables, signal cables - Coaxial cables - Complex cable harnesses
  6. 6. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com Quad Industries  Core business (II): printed electronics ‘Printed electronics’ is very old technology…  membrane keyboards were the first printed electronic products  Quad has over 30 years experience in printed electronics … but many new applications are emerging!!!  Quad Industries builds on existing technology platform  screen printing  component assembly  integration technologies  laser & die cutting to produce a new range of products
  7. 7. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com IoT  Internet-of-Things / Internet-of-Everything network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it to achieve greater value and service = every object becomes ‘smart’, gathers and shares information with each other and the cloud things to be connected to the internet by 2020 • 25 Billion (source: Gartner) • 50 Billion (source: Cisco) • 200 Billion (source: Intel)
  8. 8. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com IoT  Applications are everywhere  Few examples: Home and building automation: Nest Learning Thermostat Automotive: maintenance monitoring, fuel and mileage management, driver security Smart cities/public transportation: London iBus system (source: http://datasciencebe.com/)
  9. 9. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com IoT  Another example: healthcare (source: freescale.com/healthcare)
  10. 10. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com IoT  Drivers of the IoT revolution are a combination of:  omnipresent connectivity  low-cost sensors  microelectronics that allow almost anything to be connected  smartphone, with ability to scan bar codes or RFID tags
  11. 11. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com Printed electronics  Definition Printed electronics = manufacturing of electronics by standard printing processes  Advantages  Lightweight, flexible substrates: • PET • coated paper • textiles  Low-cost + low ecological footprint • Additive manufacturing • No (etching) chemicals • Less process steps  Quad Industries’ technology platform  precision, fine-pitch screen-printing • interconnection / circuitry • printed functionality  component assembly on foil
  12. 12. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com printed foil sensors energy storage energy harvesting electronicsdisplay actuators memory communi- cation • temperature • humidity • cap sensor • photodetector • piezoresistive • piezoelectric • gas • bio: glucose, lactate • RFID • NFC • Bluetooth low energy • electrochromic • OLED • printed battery • OPV • MEMS • passives • active components • discrete or organic TFT • substrate: PET / paper / textiles / metal / glass • screenprint • fine pitch • cond ink: nano / stretchable / transparent • component assembly • piezo component integration direct integration • printed memory • integrated component Vision / roadmap
  13. 13. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com  Cornerstones of the implementation of the roadmap:  Partnerships • Technology partners:  Example: Enfucell for printed battery technology • Collaborative Research or Development projects  bilateral or funded research projects • Example: EU-FP7 Terasel, Horizon2020 INREP, IWT Met@Link,..  product development • customers are partners! • from prototype to volume production • Example: temperature logger / smart textile insole  Investments • New capabilities • Increase capacity  Current situation: < 10k pcs  Short term focus: 10K <> 250K pcs  Medium term focus: 100K <> 5mln pcs Vision / roadmap
  14. 14. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com Printed battery technology  Quad Industries is new licensee for manufacturing Enfucell SoftBattery®  enables to manufacture full range of custom designed and integrated batteries  Technology  All-printed power source  Flexible and thin  ECO-friendly materials  On foil integration  Capacity of few mAh per cm2  Suitable for BLE or NFC enabled applications
  15. 15. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com Temperature logger  Smart disposable tag, with Integrated temperature logger NFC antenna Printed battery  Application: Item-level monitoring of temp sensitive products Medical and pharmaceutical field  Development of NXP together with Enfucell
  16. 16. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com Temperature logger  Hybrid electronics on thin PET foil Printed electronics: • NFC antenna • Interconnections • Printed battery  low-cost, large scale production, flexible, disposable Semiconductor technology • NXP temp sensor  ultra-low power consumption, high precision, miniaturized (memory, NFC comm, temp sensor)  Manufactured in Quad Industries facilities NHS3100 Printed battery NFC antenna
  17. 17. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com Smart shoe insole (I)  Development in collaboration with ATO Gear  Product: ARION  printed pressure sensitive insole the fits underneath existing insole of running shoe  in combination with Bluetooth transmitter to connect to mobile devices for real-time feedback  Technology  printed, force sensitive resistor (FSR) technnology  8 embedded pressure sensors • placed at strategic locations  design, build-up and materials optimised for optimal sensor responsiveness and reliability  Fully integrated solution  Flexible and thin
  18. 18. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com Smart shoe insole (I)  Development in collaboration with ATO Gear  Product: ARION  printed pressure sensitive insole the fits underneath existing insole of running shoe  in combination with Bluetooth transmitter to connect to mobile devices for real-time feedback  Application  gait-analysis + analysis of running technique
  19. 19. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com Smart shoe insole (I)  Development in collaboration with ATO Gear  Product: ARION  printed pressure sensitive insole the fits underneath existing insole of running shoe  in combination with Bluetooth transmitter to connect to mobile devices for real-time feedback  Application  gait-analysis + analysis of running technique  Market intro  professional athletes  specialist retailers (RunnersWorld, Run2Day)  Mass-market launch planned for late summer
  20. 20. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com Smart shoe insole (II)  Development in collaboration with medilogic®  Application: insole for Wireless Dynamic Pressure Measurement during rehabilitation or training  Technology Ag & carbon printed capacitive sensor on textile 14 sensor areas  Fully integrated solution  Flexible and thin
  21. 21. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com EU-FP7 TERASEL project Thermoplastically deformable circuits for embedded randomly shaped electronics  Funded under: 7th FWP (Seventh Framework Programme)  Start date: 01/10/2013  Duration: 3 years  Partners:
  22. 22. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com EU-FP7 TERASEL project Fabrication of flat electronic circuit boards in a conventional way using industrial processes Embedding these circuits into thermoplastic polymers (Thermo)forming these circuits into 2.5 D / 3D shapes + additional polymer application (injection moulding) High pressure forming Screen printing on thermoplastic polymers
  23. 23. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com EU-FP7 TERASEL project  Quad Industries demonstrator Replacement of the ‘classical’ mechanical turning knob by 3D touch-wheel button (a version without moving parts) A rotating movement with the fingertips is converted into the required signal (pulses)  Challenges Material selection Build-up Electronic design • 3D, stretched capacitive slider • Electronics
  24. 24. Printed Electronics – 27/04/2016 – Wim. Christiaens@quad-ind.com Conclusions Quad Industries has…  over 30 years of experience in Printed Electronics for membrane switch / user interface market  a strong focus on co-development of new emerging applications of Printed Electronics, based on existing technology platform and competences in the field of screen printing, assembly, engineering development of new capabilities and new technologies  a strong network and is open for further partnerships • technology partnership • bilateral or funded research projects • product development from prototype to volume production
  25. 25. Thank you for your attention!! Feel free to join us on our booth, C02, to discover more of our products

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