VTT has earned an award of the expansion of Printocent pilot production
environment in IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe 2013 Awards competition.
VTT was declared winner of the Best Technical Development Manufacturing Award.
This was the third time in a row that VTT has won the same award. The
competition recognises outstanding innovation, development and
commercialisation in the printed electronics industry.
The unique production environment provides companies a platform for agile
development of industrial products of new kind and it enables pilot
manufacturing with very low risk. The environment includes four pilot printing
machines, automated production line for roll-to-roll assembly, injection
moulding machine and roll-to-roll electrical testing equipment. Planned future
improvements to the environment will be made by optical measurement devices,
production control system and performance elevation.
VTT has built production environment of printed electronics with determination
already for long. VTT’s development work of printing machines started in the
beginning of 2000’s forms the basis of the environment. The aim of the work
has been to create a framework for production of various functional printed
electronics components in industrial scale.
The idea of electronics produced by a printing machine is to create new
functionalities for products, including various electronic components and
diagnostic features. This production method enables the manufacture of large
production runs at great speed and with costs small enough for the components
to be incorporated in mass-produced products. Possible applications for the
technology are in home diagnostics, electronic products, intelligent packaging
and OLED screens.