Printed Electronic Technologies: What You Didn’t Know

Printed electronics are part of a rapidly evolving industry. At GGI Solutions, we offer a variety of printed electronic technologies with applications in industries like aerospace, medicine, defense, transport, and industrial. To give you a better understanding of how printed electronics work, here is some useful information:

What are Printed Electronics?

Printed electronics is the umbrella term used to describe the process of printing circuits on a variety of substrates to create electronic solutions. As the demand for faster, thinner electronics increases, printed electronics are reaching more and more industries and are becoming the must-have technology for IOT applications.

Where are Printer Electronics Used?

There are endless IOT and innovative applications where printed electronics can be integrated. Some typical examples are:

  • Batteries. Printed batteries are a great example of widely used printed electronics. The printed energy strip is comprised of a conductor, insulator, and thermodynamic dye.
  • Lighting. Printed lighting solutions enable ultra-thin backlighting for keypads, annunciators, signage, seat indicators, and more. They offer amazing flexibility and the option to customize.
  • Heaters. Lightweight, thin, and fast acting printed heaters can be applied to a wide range of surfaces, like food and beverage warming, heating IV bags, wing heating and de-icing, and seat and bed heaters.
  • Packaging. Printed electronics have proven to be an effective marketing tool in recent years. Users are more likely to be drawn to products wrapped with interactive material. It creates a more memorable experience and increases the likelihood of the consumer revisiting the product.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tag. This innovative product stores valuable information and transfers it wirelessly through electromagnetic fields. The RFID tag can be used to identify counterfeit merchandise and provide product history, like determining if a food product stayed cold while it was transported across the country. Bottles of wine with RFID tags, for instance, can be scanned with mobile devices and provide consumers with details like the type of grape it was made with, the region the wine came from, and information about taste and flavor.

What are the Benefits of Printed Electronics?

  • Easy to produce
  • Easy to integrate into multiple industries
  • Attractive and customizable design
  • Cost-effective
  • Clean surface, ideal for medical industry
  • Made with flexible materials

What are the Challenges with Printed Electronics?

  • Curing and drying ink is time-consuming
  • Ink viscosity can be a problem
  • A trial and error process

Printed electronics are part of a rapidly evolving, fast-paced industry. Choosing which printed electronic technology works best for you depends on what kind of application you will need it for. GGI’s printable electronic solutions are engineered using leading-edge equipment and technologies and are integrated into a mechanical assembly designed to meet the specific requirements of the applications it was created for.

If you have any questions about printed electronic technologies, the professionals at GGI Solutions can help. Contact us today for more information.