Printed Electronics Arena Manufacturing

Printed Electronics Arena Manufacturing

Test Environment for Printed Electronics

Printed Electronics Arena Manufacturing (PEA Manufacturing) is a test environment for the development and small-scale production of printed electronics, and is run by the research institute RISE Acreo.

PEA Manufacturing works with entrepreneurs, large and small enterprises, and trade associations. The results of research from Linköping University and the research institute Acreo drives forward development in the test environment.

The test environment is open to all types of associations, organisations and companies who wish to test Printed Electronics in their products or processes. You will be able to work on your own in a laboratory, or in consultation with knowledgeable researchers and operators who work in the test environment. You will be granted access to competencies and skills within graphic design, physics, chemistry, machine operation and project management.

Acreo, who oversees PEA Manufacturing, has transferred complete manufacturing processes to the test environment, which provides a wide range of equipment and materials. Examples of equipment available include flat screen printers, UV-, IR- and hot air dryers, dry phase patterning equipment, inkjet printers, roll-to-roll label printing press for screen and flexo, lamination equipment, and a fully-equipped analysis lab.


Collaborate with us

To discuss collaboration with PEA Manufacturing, contact Tommy Höglund or Björn Norberg.

+46 (0)722 45 46 74

+46 (0)70 767 12 00

The Backbone of Swedish Ventures
in Printed Electronics

Within the framework for Printed Electronics Arena (PEA), the Swedish Research Laboratory for Printed Electronics has now been established thanks to a donation of around SEK 25 million from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Together, the equipment in PEA and the new laboratory embody Europe’s most state-of-the-art facility for research and development into tomorrow’s production. The laboratory will constitute the backbone of Swedish ventures in Printed Electronics.

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.


Cold-chain sensors for Doctors Without Borders, a project initiated via PEA Open.

The Ink Is Leading The Development

Car battery testers, printed labels that communicate with smartphones via the internet, dynamic QR codes that change depending on the circumstances. None of these would work if electronic ink did not exist; a medium that replaces printing press ink and is also electrically conductive.

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.

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