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FLEXO Magazine : November 2010
Industry Indicators like effect can now be modified slightly by Printechnologics to give conductive patterns “free” rather in the way that barcodes printed as part of graphics are “free.” T hose conductive patterns can now be read by a mobile phone. The next wave will be revealed by seven speakers announcing consumer electronics products and their technolo- gy, five speakers covering new industri- al printed electronics products and four revealing dramatic new forms of point- of-sale/point-of-purchase. Appropriate needs and printed products for military to toy sectors will be announced, plus primary and secondary packaging enhanced by the technology. From the billboards of JC Decaux and Kraft to Boeing presenting its needs in aerospace and the U.S. Army saying what it is doing, the breadth of applica- tion is becoming remarkable. It is way beyond what the silicon chip and con- ventional display can tackle. Crayola will describe how it has adopted the technol- ogy. MWV Packaging will explain why packaging is already a killer application while Cubic covers transport ticketing. Kovio has 1000 transistors printed reel-to- reel into smart tickets this year. Giants IBM and Panasonic intend to announce new forms of photovoltaics and Bayer is set to describe its entry into printed electroactive polymers for touch typing. The burgeoning variety of physi- cal forms of printed electronics will be illustrated by printed electronic textiles. Washable heated and light emitting apparel has arrived. Add printed RFID labels and the next e-reader technology, each from many companies speaking at the event. Certainly there is more of a product focus this year with flexible printed solar bags, umbrellas and sails and GSI one-time passcards all printed. Healthcare is about to become a killer application with diagnostic skin patches, biosensors and smart drug packaging being announced by five companies. For example, some blister- packs now set a timer when you remove a tablet so you are reminded when to take another. Others let you record spoken impressions and record which tablet was taken when, making drug trial data more meaningful. Organiser Raghu Das said, “The strong growth of this event through- out the recession shows that printed electronics is an idea whose time has come. Every year we see giant compa- nies newly entering the business both as users and suppliers. There is also a healthy wave of start ups participating for the first time this year. In addition, we are starting to break the logjam in provision of working samples of products. IDTechEx is on target to have 100 exhibitors and more than 1,000 delegates this year.” Printed Electronics USA has visits to centers of excellence, masterclasses, an exhibition, the conference on Dec. 1 and 2, an awards dinner and a co- located thin film photovoltaics event. For more information visit http://www.idte- chex.com/printedelectronicsusa10/ n ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Peter Har- rop is chairman of IDTechEx. For more information on this topic, please contact the author Dr. Harrop at p.harrop@ IDTechEx.com. www.flexography.org november 2010 FLEXO 101 Committed to increasing your productivity and profitability Contacts Xymid, LLC • 5141 Craig Rath Blvd. • Midlothian, VA 23112 fax 804-744-5331 •flexoprintsleeves.com UltraFlex Thin Sleeves DuraRound Thick Sleeves AccuMount Bridge Mandrels ProTek Anilox Covers Crystal Bray Customer Ser vice Rep. ph. 804-744-5229 email@example.com Jeff Moore Regional Sales Manager ph. 704-948-4648 firstname.lastname@example.org Mike Smoot Business Manager ph. 804-721-2089 email@example.com FLX_Nov10_mech.indd 101 11/1/10 2:27 PM
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