In-Mold Electronics

Smart Molded Parts

In-Mold Electronics (IME) are the revolutionary result of combining the in-mold decoration (IMD) process with various printed electronics technologies culminating in a ‘Smart Molded Part' that can transform traditional control panels into smart, curved surfaces. The surfaces can integrate lighting, decorative overlays, user interfaces and much more, for a functionally enhanced finished product. Not only is it the most advanced e2ip offering, but also the most advanced offering in our industry. It unites and showcases the full range of e2ip expertise and innovative technologies. Smart Molded Parts are truly the future of HMI.

Intuitive Interactions Molded to the Moment

Manufacturing an IME product combines the innovative and expertly planned integration of many HMI technologies and processes. The core electronics are normally screen-printed, using conductive inks which contribute to minimizing overall parts and size. Thermoforming techniques are then applied to create the desired shape. Finally, additional lighting and interfaces 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 industries including but not limited to medical, whitegoods, and sleek, interactive car interiors. It is 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, 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 design entry for Materials and Components was selected as a Finalist for the Aerospace Industries’ prestigious Crystal Cabin Awards 2020. IME represents our commitment to innovation on innovation – continuously leading and transforming the most modern methods in our field to their next levels.

Surfaces Like Never Before

Key Features​

  • Design freedom
  • Improved reliability and durability
  • Space and weight saving
  • Cost-effective
  • Improved touch performance
  • Ergonomic design
  • Ease of assembly
  • Streamlined manufacturing
  • Low carbon footprint

Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Medical
  • Consumer
  • White goods
  • Automotive

Applications

  • Passenger control unit
  • Remote controls
  • Galley insert control panels
  • Cabin management system interfaces
  • Patient monitor systems
  • Home appliances

Learn More

Download the datasheet to see full technological specifications including electrical, mechanical, environmental and certifications.

More products for your applications

Electromechanical Systems

Electromechanical systems can act as peripheral systems to your existing products, designed and engineered to expand operational efficiencies.

Smart Touch Surfaces

Modules fully integrated into existing systems, for deep and complete embedding in the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) product.

Membrane Switches

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.

For more information, contact our team.