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FlexTech sets-up wearable, disposable electronics users groups

Posted: 16 Dec 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FlexTech Alliance  wearable electronics  printed electronics  user group 

FlexTech Alliance has announced the formation of Users Groups focused on two general application areas: wearable electronics and disposable electronics. The groups will open the doors to a library of integration knowledge on cutting-edge flexible and printed electronics manufacturing techniques and solutions to challenges that always occur when new ideas are applied to practical implementation.

From toys and games, freshness sensors, body media and medical devices to applications in outer space and high speed communications, flexible and printed electronics are changing the ways companies develop advanced products and packages to better serve their customers and gain a competitive advantage. The Users Groups will promote exchanges of ideas on technology roadmaps and experiences in fielding products, create dialog with supply chain companies, and facilitate pre- and non-competitive collaboration on promising technical developments.

Wrist Antenna

Wrist Antenna: Printing Electronics on Clothing Allows for Lighter, more Ubiquitous Communications Capabilities. Courtesy, U.S. Army (PRNewsFoto/FlexTech Alliance).

"Cutting edge brands and users including GE, P&G, Bemis, adidas and Lockheed Martin have publicly addressed or otherwise expressed interest in integrating flexible and printed (FPE) into new wearable and disposable products, including product packaging," FlexTech CEO Mike Ciesinski stated. "Creating a forum to listen to these and other leaders is essential to accelerate the successful integration of FPE into the widest range of industries possible. FlexTech invites all users, including some that have never considered this type of technology, to take a look at what we are going to accomplish with these users groups."

Flexible electronics are already incorporated into textiles, building materials and other surfaces, such as clothing that adapts to wearers' needs and monitors physiology. In the near future these applications will create ubiquitous, human-scale environmental intelligence significantly affecting all of our lives. Today, printed electronics use existing graphics industry manufacturing capacity to produce square miles of circuitry at high speeds and vastly reduced costs that can be printed with nearly any method. Feature sizes in the 10-20um range make this the same as or better than microprocessors of 20 years ago.

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