In myriad industries.
At Printed Electronics Arena you can evolve your products for a connected world. We can create products in new forms, from individual components to entire systems. With conventional production technology as a base and by utilising smart electronic materials, we can develop sensors, prototypes and hybrid systems – which combine the best of several worlds – for diverse industries, such as Wearables, IoT, Medtech, Industry 4.0 and smart packaging.
We assist large and small companies with technology development and prototyping, and we also offer advice and serve as a sounding board for the commercialisation of technology.
Products Now and in the Future
Printed electronics are already on the market and new, more advanced products are being rapidly developed. A few products that exist right now include:
- Displays for smart packaging, safety information, date stamps, etc.
- Batteries for power supply.
- Antennas for wireless communication between labels and scanners.
For future products, development is under way in the following areas (among others):
- Wireless labels for connection to networks – ”Internet of Things”
- Multicolour displays with the possibility of increasing frame rates
- Thin, flexible lighting that can be arbitrarily shaped
- Printed Solar Cells on Paper and Plastic
- Sensors for monitoring, e.g. moisture, temperature or biological substances (“smart plastics”, monitoring of perishables)
- Authentication (e.g. smart banknotes)
ConstructionMoisture damage can cost millions. Unnecessary moisture damage restoration can cost even more. But it is now possible to ascertain whether a structure is or is on its way to becoming damaged by using moisture sensors developed by Invisense and RISE Acreo. The sensors are currently manufactured at Acreo’s research laboratory, Printed Electronics Arena Manufacturing, where tests are also conducted with excellent results.
Integrated printed biosensorA need exists for robust disposable sensors which are simple to use and manufacture. The areas of use are diverse: healthcare, food manufacturing, agriculture and environmental monitoring, to name just a few.
Internet of thingsIn the future, things will be connected to each other via the internet. In partnership with Ericsson, PEA has developed new technologies in which labels – containing a printed antenna, a chip, and a miniature printed battery – can transmit a small data packet as a message or as an identity. By touching the label, information is transmitted through a person’s body to a hypersensitive sensor in a connected device, such as a smartphone. This innovation provides access to a vast range of potential applications for logistics, packaging, printed media, and more.
Energy StorageBeing able to gather and store small amounts of energy would constitute a major step forward in the development of equipment that is self-sustaining in terms of energy, such as various types of sensor systems. Storing energy cheaply and effectively is also a prerequisite to the increased use of renewable energy sources, such as solar power and wind power.
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We want you to be a part of our network and we can offer strategic collaborative discussions in which we bring together different players through our activities. As a participant in our network, the business opportunities for all partners increase, and we will be able to develop together by utilising environmental analyses and future analyses carried out by PEA.
The network can be readily expanded through workshops, new business relationships and cluster meetings. The primary target group comprises regional players who can be a part of the value chain in various ways. For instance, there are packaging companies and advertising agencies who view printed electronics as a route to expanding their product portfolios, as well as trademark owners who see the business value in the technology.
Case: Doctors Without Borders
The efficacy of medicines can be reduced by heat or cold. Medicine transportation in warm climates is particularly vulnerable, especially in conflict areas where transportation occurs under difficult conditions. In partnership with MSF, we have developed a printed temperature sensor to monitor the cold-chain of medicines, which is being used in the field.
“The potential of the printed sensor is enormous, and will be of considerable help to the end-user in determining whether the products are usable or not. The longer you are out in the field, the more difficult it becomes to retain the correct temperature in the logistics chain, something that is imperative for safeguarding the quality of vaccines or medicines, and ultimately the quality of care we provide to patients,” says Marpe Tanaka from MSF.
The idea for the printed temperature sensor came in via PEA Open, our open innovation platform, where it was evaluated by experts from Linköping University and RISE Acreo.
Thin, bendable, biodegradable and possible to produce with traditional printing techniques. The printing of packaging and displays can be performed simultaneously and “roll-to-roll”, and Acreo Display is one of the first electronic components ready for mass production. Acreo Display is robust, requires little energy, and can be integrated into packaging, as well as into products for which a newly-created form is crucial.
Video: Future of Printed Electronics
Save Energy and Save the Environment
50 million tonnes of electronic waste are generated globally each year – and that figure is growing. Because modern electronics often have short lifespans, this has become an urgent, unchecked problem worldwide. Organic electronics can steer development in a sustainable direction, by utilising carbon-based materials instead of rare earth elements (REE) for example, or by employing manufacturing methods that require less energy than current silicon-based methods.