Introducing an OLED pilot line – from PI-SCALE to LYTEUS
Flexible OLED light – a dream comes true for many product designers. The PI-SCALE project funded by the European Commission has been successfully completed.
In order to evaluate the successful development of the H2020 project PI-SCALE and its final results, a review meeting together with representatives of the European Commission took place in Eindhoven on 11 September 2019. One of the results was the announcement of the continuation of the pilot line service for flexible organic light emitting diodes (OLED) under the lead of the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP. The OLED pilot line service continues under the name LYTEUS. In order to promote this and to present the services offered by LYTEUS, the consortium invites potential industrial customers to a workshop (website) on 7 November 2019, in Dresden, Germany.
Within the framework of the PI-SCALE project funded by the European Commission, the leading European research institutes Fraunhofer FEP, VTT, Holst Centre/TNO and CPI together with industrial partners Audi, REHAU, Pilkington and EMDE were able to set up the pilot line service for flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) LYTEUS. LYTEUS is able to supply industrial companies with customised flexible OLED lighting modules and supports the development of new innovative products.
Together with their industrial partners, the institutes were able to achieve unique results, create and manufacture fascinating prototypes based on the flexible OLED technology. In a one-day workshop on 7 November 2019, interested parties can now experience the offer of the LYTEUS pilot line service on site at Fraunhofer FEP and discuss it with the partners. The industrial partners of PI-SCALE will also present their impressive applications and the research partners will inform in detail about the range of services of LYTEUS. Experts will be available to discuss ideas.
The Fraunhofer FEP, with its ten years of experience and the resulting know-how in the production of OLEDs for lighting applications, functions as one of the core partners of the PI-SCALE consortium. PI-SCALE aimed at the production and integration of flexible OLEDs at system level by creating a worldwide leading Open Access pilot line. With the help of the project it was possible to build a bridge between the development of novel and innovative products and the possibility of bringing these technologies from the laboratory to the market. In order to achieve the objectives of the project and to develop the functionality of the pilot line service, partners along the entire value chain – from material suppliers to end users – were represented in the consortium.
Freeform, ultra-thin, multicolour, transparent and flexible - these are the attributes that distinguish the innovative OLED technology. Within the PI-SCALE project and by establishing the OLED pilot line service LYTEUS, the world's longest OLED strip in roll-to-roll was created. In total, more than ten different demonstrators were built in cooperation with the partners of the consortium. In addition to the world's longest OLED strip, also the world's largest OLED demonstrator with the dimensions of 30cm × 180cm. As an area light source, the fields of application for OLEDs are almost inexhaustible. Whether automotive, security, lighting in general, light design engineering, interior design, furniture, aviation or architecture: dimmable OLEDs with variable colours offer almost unlimited creative freedom. Together with EMDE development of light GmbH, for example, the first flexible OLED integrated into a motorcycle jacket was developed. This use in garments can open up new possibilities in the field of aesthetics and design. In addition, OLED lighting elements in motorcycle clothing improve the visibility of their users and thus increase road safety.
Claudia Keibler-Willner, project manager and head of department Sheet-to-Sheet Organic Technology at Fraunhofer FEP, explains: "With the establishment of the LYTEUS pilot line service, we have taken a major step forward in the further development of economical manufacturing processes for flexible OLEDs. With LYTEUS, we can bridge the gap between research and mass production and offer custom OLED solutions. LYTEUS was developed in the now completed PI-SCALE project and is coordinated by Fraunhofer FEP and supported by Holst Centre/TNO, VTT and CPI. The result is impressive: among other things, we were able to manufacture highly efficient OLED modules that are the longest in the world. The use of the roll-to-roll process also promises a significant reduction in the cost of future components."
The project partners thank the European Commission for its support of the project.
Caption: LYTEUS is expected to bridge the gap between research and mass production (photo: Fraunhofer FEP)