In-Mold Electronics (IME) have revolutionized the manufacturing process for surface-mounted components. IME technology is a crucial part of a Human Machine Interface (HMI), and combines in-mold decorating (IMD) with functional electronics. The result is a ‘Smart Molded Part' that moves beyond bulky tech boxes and transforms traditional electronics and control panels into smart, curved surfaces.
The IME process integrates lighting, decorative overlays, electronic components, conductive inks onto curved surfaces, creating a functionally enhanced finished product. Not only is the ability to create smart functional surfaces the most advanced e2ip offering, the use of these structural electronics is also the most advanced offering in our industry! In-mold electronics unites and showcases the full range of e2ip Technologies’ expertise and technical innovation.
Smart Molded Parts are truly the future of HMI.
Manufacturing an IME product combines the innovative and expertly planned integration of many technologies and processes. The core electronic circuitry is typically printed, using conductive inks which allows for fewer parts and a reduction in size. Thermoforming techniques are then applied to create the desired shape. Finally, additional components such as lighting, or antennas may be layered in to meet the desired functionality.
Smart Molded Parts offer the most advanced HMI products under today’s standards: lightweight, low-cost, highly functional and aesthetically pleasing. From ideation to fabrication and beyond – through to everyday use in action – all aspects of IME embody the essence of being optimal in every way.
Smart Molded Parts can be seen in products including, but not limited to, medical, whitegoods, and sleek, interactive automotive interiors. They are also used in aircraft interior design where the armrest and controls are one and the same, in a single, lightweight, curved unit with fully integrated electronics. It is truly a technology that can span any industry.
As the functionality of smart surfaces progresses and permits greater design flexibility, electronics will seamlessly disappear into minimalistically styled objects all around us. Buttons and moving parts can be bulky, difficult to clean and can have reduced durability. Smart Molded Parts strip them away, offering design freedom for a sleek and highly functional finished product. This is true experiential design captured in elegant, minimalistic style.
E2IP IME can be used in various applications such as medical, consumer, and aerospace. Notably, our IME technology won the aerospace industries’ prestigious Crystal Cabin Awards 2020/2021 in the Materials and Components category.
IME represents our commitment to innovation on innovation – continuously leading and transforming the most modern methods in our field to their next levels.
Electromechanical systems can act as peripheral systems to your existing products, designed and engineered to expand operational efficiencies.
Membrane switches and keypads come in many different configurations but are generally used to control different kinds of circuits.
Electronics should not get in the way of design freedom.
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