OE-A Displays Paper Keyboard and Flashing Packaging

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A roll-up loudspeaker printed on foil and a foldable keyboard printed on paper. An interactive yoga-mat that supports exercise and an illuminated, electroluminescent scaffolding wrap. The OE-A Demonstrator Competition proves that printed electronics enables quite some applications.

At LOPEC, the largest international trade fair and conference on organic and printed electronics, several prototypes and products in which the technology is used will be shown.

19 projects related to the demonstrator competition are being displayed at the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association) booth. International companies, research institutions and universities are competing by presenting their ideas, products, prototypes and designs related to printed electronics. "We want to show what is possible with the technology and to promote the development of further products," says Dr. Klaus Hecker, Managing Director of the OE-A. The working group within VDMA organizes LOPEC jointly with Messe Munich.

Smart Packaging Provides Information for Customers

For example, Arjowiggins Creative Papers (France) has developed packaging that includes wafer-thin printed paper circuits that are integrated into the packaging. When the packaging is approached with an NFC enabled smartphone, the customer can get extensive information about the product on display. Another package is equipped with LEDs that blink when it is on the shelf. This attracts attention at the point of sale.

Smart labels from Quad Industries (Belgium) and the ChangZhou Institute of Printed

Electronics (China) are also interesting for the packaging sector. The labels which are the size of a credit card can be stuck on packaging. During transport, they monitor whether the cold chain for temperature-sensitive products has been interrupted. This might include medications or perishable foods. The data is read by using NFC- in the one, and RFIDtechnology in the other label. The antennas are printed. A printed battery supplies the silicon-based chip with power. It also saves the temperature curve. The combination of printed and classical electronics makes these labels a hybrid system, a future trend in the field of printed electronics.

New This Year: A Public Choice Award

Now in its fifth year, the OE-A Demonstrator Competition will be showing examples from several industries: packaging, lighting, functional surfaces as well as security and identification. "An international jury consisting of experts from industry and research will evaluate all projects in the four categories according to a clearly defined point system. But we also want the attendees to speak," said Hecker. Therefore, a public choice award will be new this year at LOPEC. Visitors can vote for their favorite among the projects submitted.

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the five categories during the LOPEC dinner on March 4, 2015.

OE-A Presents New Roadmap

During LOPEC, the OE-A will present the new roadmap. More than 250 experts have contributed to the sixth edition. It describes the progress organic and printed electronics has made in recent years and ventures a look into the future. OE-A experts have analyzed all previously existing applications and technologies and, based on that, formulated the latest trends in the industry. But they also found out what the biggest challenges are. The Roadmap Summary Article is available at the OE-A booth. There will also be information on the state of the industry of printed electronics in general. During LOPEC, the third OE-A Business Climate Survey will be presented.

For more information about the topic of organic and printed electronics, prototypes and products, please visit the OE-A booth at LOPEC, March 4/5, 2015, ICM, B0, Booth 416.

The Innovation Showcase opposite the OE-A booth will also be displaying examples of printed electronics. Osram, for example, will be showing an OLED rear light for cars. Plastic Logic will be presenting a thin, flexible display in the shape of a bracelet which acts as a Smart Watch. Other exhibits will be coming from the consumer electronics, smart textiles and packaging areas.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Klaus Hecker, OE-A Managing Director, phone: +49 69 66 03-13 36, e-mail: klaus.hecker@oe-a.org.

An NFC tag is not visibly integrated into this package. Using a smartphone, customers can read product information. Source of the image: Arjowiggins Creative Papers The use of the photo with photo credit is free of charge.

About OE-A:

The OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association) was founded in December 2004 and is the leading international industry association for organic and printed electronics. The OE-A represents the entire value chain of this emerging industry. Our members are world-class global companies and institutions, ranging from R&D institutes, mechanical engineering companies and material suppliers to producers and end-users. More than 220 companies from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia are working together to promote the establishment of a competitive production infrastructure for organic and printed electronics. The vision of the OE-A is to build a bridge between science, technology and application. The OE-A is a working group within the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). More than 3,100 member companies from the engineering industry make VDMA the largest  industry association in Europe.

The OE-A and Messe Munich International are the hosts of LOPEC, the premier international exhibition and conference for the printed electronics industry. It addresses end-users, engineers, scientists, manufacturers, and investors. LOPEC 2015 will be held March 3rd to 5th, 2015 at Messe Munich, Germany. www.oe-a.org, www.lopec.com


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