InnovationLab and Heidelberg present printed sensors at LOPEC


InnovationLab (Heidelberg, Germany), an expert in printed and organic electronics from lab to fab, will exhibit at LOPEC in Munich from 22 to 24 March. LOPEC is the leading international trade fair and conference for printed electronics.

Together with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, InnovationLab will showcase its extensive portfolio of printed and organic electronics and a range of demonstrators at stand B0.510. Heidelberg is the world's leading manufacturer of sheetfed offset presses that can produce printed and organic sensors in unprecedented quality and quantity at low cost.

Dr Florian Ullrich, head of business development at InnovationLab, will give a presentation on "The Importance of Collaboration in Printed and Organic Electronics" on 22 March at 14:40 in ICM Room 13b. In his talk, Dr Ullrich will discuss the complexities of printed and organic electronics products and how partnerships are leading the way into the future. He will also present examples of successful collaborations.

At the InnovationLab stand, the following applications from the automotive, healthcare and smart city sectors, among others, will be on display:

- A car seat developed with RECARO Automotive shows how pressure sensor films can help with driver assistance and safety systems.

- BaMoS – a battery monitoring solution for electric vehicles that uses ultra-thin printed pressure and temperature sensors to collect detailed battery data at cell level.

- OccluSense by Bausch, an occlusion monitoring product for dentists that uses integrated flexible printed pressure sensors to digitally capture pressure distribution during the biting process.

- A smart catheter developed with accensors that uses a printed foil sensor to monitor pH and temperature at the tip for early detection of the onset of infection.

- A smart plaster developed by accensors that uses sensors to measure temperature and pH to detect open wound infections.

- Golf balls – the Omnifire 1000 from Heidelberger could make the combination of printed electronics and 3D a reality. It uses advanced inkjet technology and high-precision robotics to decorate 3D objects individually.

InnovationLab has submitted two projects to the Organic and Printed Electronics Association (OE-A) competition, which will also be presented at LOPEC:

- IntelliStok, an innovative logistics and inventory system based on printed organic sensor matrices developed. It is used in customer warehouses to automate the stock replenishment of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions products and uses printed pressure sensor matrices to weigh the products in each container and send the data wirelessly to the cloud.

- The second project is being carried out as part of 2HORISONS, a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Based on standardised processing, InnovationLab has developed a process design kit (PDK) that enables the development of complex integrated circuits with organic semiconductors. This PDK will also be on display at InnovationLab's stand at LOPEC.

"LOPEC is the most important event in the annual printed electronics calendar, and I am very pleased to be able to showcase such a wide range of innovations and applications," said Luat Nguyen, managing director of InnovationLab.

Caption: Collaboration enables low-cost, organic and printed sensors in large quantities (photo: InnovationLab)

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