Printed electronics are part of a rapidly evolving industry. At e2ip, we offer a variety of printed electronic technologies with applications in industries like aerospace, medical, defense, transport, and industrial.
To give you a better understanding of how printed electronics work, here is some useful information:
Printed electronic technologies refer to electronics combined with various printing techniques, including screen printing, rotogravure printing, flexographie, spin-coating, vacuum evaporation, Offset, roll-to-roll and inkjet printing. Printed electronics is the umbrella term used to describe the process of printing circuits on a variety of flexible substrates to create electronic solutions.
As the demand for faster, thinner, lighter and more flexible electronics increases, printed electronics are reaching more and more industries and are becoming the must-have technology for various applications.
Where are Printer Electronics Used?
There are endless innovative applications where printed electronics can be integrated. Some typical examples are:
- Smart Molded Parts Smart Molded Parts also called In-Mold Electronics are a great example of widely used printed electronics. The printed circuit is integrated and molded in the unit and it allows for greater design freedom. This is the most innovative application of printed electronics as the thermoforming process creates new possibilities and can transform traditional control panels into smart curved surfaces.
- Lighting. Printed lighting solutions enable ultra-thin and light backlighting for keypads, annunciators, signage, seat indicators, ambience lighting and more. They offer amazing flexibility and the option to customize.
- Heaters. Lightweight, thin, and low energy consumption printed heaters can be applied to a wide range of surfaces, like food and beverage warming, heating IV bags, wing heating and de-icing, and seat, bed, wall and floor heaters
- Printed Sensors Printed electronics have proven to be an effective technology in creating thinner and more flexible sensors. They include various innovative features and respond to users’ demand for lighter and more interactive products. The printed sensors incorporate a printed conductive sensor which can detect signals and send direct feedback to the end user. This property is an essential element to data driven applications.
- Printed 5G Smart Surfaces. Also called Engineered Electromagnetic Surfaces (EES), are a printed electronics technology that reshapes electromagnetic propagation and enhances 5G wireless network by filtering, blocking or diffusing radiofrequency (RF) signals.