Printed & Flexible Sensors & Actuators

OCT 2021

5 Minute preview of all the event presentations

Topics Covered

Printed | Hybrid | Flexible Sensors & Actuators | Electronic Skin Patches | Stretchable Sensors and Electronics | E-Textiles | Liquid Metals | Logistics | Medical | Toys | Automotive | Smart Patches

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Alan Burk

ALMAX

Alan Burk

President

ALMAX

Smart Keypads making Integration Easier, Customizable & Versatile

Fernando Zicarelli

ASADA MESH CO., LTD

Fernando Zicarelli

Business Manager

ASADA MESH CO., LTD

Understanding Surface Treatments for PET Substrates.

This initial study compared Print Resolution, Adhesion and Electrical Resistance of different PET substrate manufacturers. We looked at how each company applies their surface treatment and how it impacts the aforementioned variables.

Eike Kottkamp

Accensors

Eike Kottkamp

CEO

Accensors

Smart Health Patch 2.0 -
Enabling the next generation of multifunctional medical skin patches with printed electronics (joint talk)

Smart Healthcare demands smart medical devices.
Wearable skin patches allow for comprehensive patient monitoring at medical grade accuracy, improving patient care to become more individualized and connected. Printed Electronics technology is a key enabler to smart health patches - allowing the creation of thin, flexible and lightweight sensing components and full solutions that increase the comfort of wear while allowing long-term vital sight monitoring.
Throughout this presentation Henkel Printed Electronics and Accensors will showcase latest printed electronic materials and sensing technologies to shape the next generation of smart health patches.

Ahmad Qasem

Atcor

Ahmad Qasem

Chief Science & Research Officer

Atcor

Medical Reliable Cardiovascular Health Monitoring Using New Wearable Technology

Current wearable sensor technologies provide limited and less reliable health parameters based mainly on heart rate measurement. Any reliable cardiovascular health assessment requires blood pressure measurements. Many attempts had been made to provide blood pressure measurements using commercially available wearable sensors like in smart watches. However, all attempts failed in measuring blood pressure as required by medical standards. On the other hand, FDA cleared Cardiex\AtCor medical technology became the ‘gold standard’ in measuring non-invasively heart and arterial pressure parameters reflecting cardiac and arterial health.
The challenge is to adapt such medical technology into the wearable sensor devices. This involves examining different and new sensors. It also involve new methods of sensor signals based on cardiovascular physiology to extract clinically significant central arterial pressure parameters. This presentation will review current health wearable technologies, challenges in providing reliable cardiovascular health assessment, and Cardiex current development of medical wearable devices to provide clinical heart and arterial health assessments.

Simon Johnson

CPI

Simon Johnson

Chief Technologist

CPI

Flexible & 3D Electronics for Connected Medical Devices.

Russell Anderson

DuPont Microcircuit Materials

Russell Anderson

Technical Specialist

DuPont Microcircuit Materials

Facilitating Wellness throughout the Human Life Cycle through Next Generation Wearables and Sensors

Ensuring health and wellness is crucial for quality of life and longevity. Join us in a discussion how wearable technology and sensors are being created to monitor and report health throughout the human life cycle. Facilitating the human story of health and wellness from womb to late adulthood.

Mark Duarte

Eastprint

Mark Duarte

Director of Medical Sales

Eastprint

Mass Producing Wearable Biosensors: Success Stories and Case Studies

Alexis Mathieu

FeetMe

Alexis Mathieu

Co-Founder & CEO

FeetMe

Smart Insoles for Clinical Research : a Problem-Solving Approach to Deliver Value with Continuous Mobility Assessment

Bringing a drug to market is long and difficult. Studies estimate that the clinical trial process lasts 9 years and costs $1.3B on average. Clinical trials are conducted in multiple phases, with cost and complexity increasing from Phase I to Phase III. Despite the time and capital invested in trials, only 1 in 10 drugs that enter Phase I of a clinical trial will be approved by the FDA.
There is Large medical need to evaluate to treat the physical deterioration of physical status. A growing number of patients with mobility impairments lacks accurate tools to diagnose, monitor expensive evolutive diseases and intervene efficiently.

Gait is the simplest and most actionable biomarker to monitor multiple diseases but vastly underutilized as a biomarker or outcome measure because gait analysis is often not high quality when assessed in the clinic.Clinical gait tests, today, are used to identify mobility disorders, measure the efficacy of a therapeutic treatment. This is done in a controlled setting at sites. However, the technologies or design used present strong limitations. Episodic assessments, sometimes observational, don't generate sufficient sensitive data to demonstrate subtle changes.

The FeetMe solution allows the collection of validated gait data at site with the Insoles, and in the same accurate way in the patients daily life allowing continuous recording of gait data.

Pekka Iso-Ketola

Forciot Oy

Pekka Iso-Ketola

Engineering Director, Stretchable Electronics, Co-Founder

Forciot Oy

Hands on Detection (HOD) functionality for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) enabled by stretchable electronics

The automotive industry is changing extremely fast, and there are opportunities that the stretchable electronics brings to address the challenges that the automotive industry is facing today and in the future.

In this presentation, Forciot and Gentherm, will elaborate on how they see stretchable electronics revolutionizing the automotive interior business and solutions by explaining the benefits from the steering wheel Hands on Detection (HOD) solution perspective.

Forciot’s advanced sensor technology can be integrated into vehicle interiors. With Gentherm, Forciot is cooperating on a solution relating to steering wheel HOD functionality for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

Azar Alizadeh

GE Healthcare

Azar Alizadeh

Principal Scientist

GE Healthcare

Disposable, Adjustable Clinical Grade Vital Sign Monitoring Systems

Anupam Mukherjee

General Silicones

Anupam Mukherjee

Technical Director

General Silicones

A Sustainable Industrial Solution for High Volume Production of Wearable, e- skin and Smart Surface HMI Automotive Applications.

Transition from linear to circular economy is now prevailing in almost every sector including Flexible Hybrid Electronics. Governments and stakeholders are in a continuous endeavour to explore sustainable solutions to support circular economy. Keeping this as utmost importance, General Silicones with its decades of experience, developed a sustainable silicone based novel material as well as circular platform that not only possess excellent chemical and mechanical properties but also removing the drawback of low surface energy of silicone, it can act as innovative sustainable platform to design printed and flexible electronics with unmet possibilities.
Along with high durability, sustainability, bio-compatibility, this wonder material has a range of tuneable properties like color (transparent, translucent, or any), the hardness (25-80 shore A), thickness (customized), tensile strength (30-100 Kgf/cm2), tear strength (10-30 Kgf/cm), and elongation (200-800 %). It can have soft touch and feel, provide different friction levels, and embossments can mimic surface patterns of other materials. Overcoming silicone adhesion, bonding and printing issues, Compo-SiL® offers a sustainable roll to roll industrial solution of printable, flexible, stretchable silicone films for high volume production of wearable, e-skin electronics & HMI automotive applications allowing more functionality and unprecedented freedom in design.

Dusko Petrovski

Gentherm

Dusko Petrovski

Director Electronics Product Development

Gentherm

Hands on Detection (HOD) functionality for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) enabled by stretchable electronics

The automotive industry is changing extremely fast, and there are opportunities that the stretchable electronics brings to address the challenges that the automotive industry is facing today and in the future.

In this presentation, Forciot and Gentherm, will elaborate on how they see stretchable electronics revolutionizing the automotive interior business and solutions by explaining the benefits from the steering wheel Hands on Detection (HOD) solution perspective.

Forciot’s advanced sensor technology can be integrated into vehicle interiors. With Gentherm, Forciot is cooperating on a solution relating to steering wheel HOD functionality for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

Alexander Goerk

Hamamatsu

Alexander Goerk

Senior Sales Engineer

Hamamatsu

Trust in your Laser-Sintering Process – with Active Laser Power Adjustment and Real-Time Temperature Monitoring

Finding and especially keeping the right recipe for your thermal laser process (e.g. for manufacturing of printed RFID antennas or printed circuits) is all about a strong trust in constant material parameters.
The new semiconductor laser T-SMILS® from Hamamatsu Photonics offers the possibility to achieve a highly efficient and reliable laser sintering process for metal nano inks through real-time temperature monitoring and active laser power adjustment.

Stijn Gillissen

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

Stijn Gillissen

Global Head of Printed Electronics

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

Smart Health Patch 2.0 -
Enabling the next generation of multifunctional medical skin patches with printed electronics (joint talk)

Smart Healthcare demands smart medical devices.
Wearable skin patches allow for comprehensive patient monitoring at medical grade accuracy, improving patient care to become more individualized and connected. Printed Electronics technology is a key enabler to smart health patches - allowing the creation of thin, flexible and lightweight sensing components and full solutions that increase the comfort of wear while allowing long-term vital sight monitoring.
Throughout this presentation Henkel Printed Electronics and Accensors will showcase latest printed electronic materials and sensing technologies to shape the next generation of smart health patches.

Mark Melnykowycz

IDUN Technologies

Mark Melnykowycz

Product/Application Lead

IDUN Technologies

Ubiquitous Brain Computer Interfaces Based on Ear EEG Electrodes

Brain computer interface (BCI) designs have traditionally focused on the use of electrodes located on the scalp of a person to measure their brain activity using Electroencephalography (EEG) brain imaging techniques. Scalp EEG traditionally utilized metal electrodes placed over the scalp with conductive gel between the electrode and the skin to improve electrical contact. Dry contact electrodes were then developed to make the process more user-friendly and to reduce the time to setup EEG systems before conducting experiments. This made EEG more accessible outside of research and medical laboratories and led to the release of BCI products onto the consumer market. Despite the recent advances in invasive BCI’s based on implants, dry electrode EEG offers a greater ability to develop EEG products for daily use. One of the most important product challenges to over-come is the design of BCI’s which fit into existing societal trends. Scalp-focused BCI designs are difficult to scale beyond niche user communities since they represent another device for users to integrate into their lives. Ear EEG offers a way to design BCI products that integrate into users’ lives similar to the way that earbuds have seen wide adoption across different cultures and markets throughout the world.
IDUN Technologies has developed electrodes for biopotential measurements since 2017. The IDUN Guardian Development Kit BCI relies on ear EEG electrodes in an earbud form-factor to facilitate the research of ear EEG for applications from sleep and wellness to acoustic attention. The IDUN ear EEG electrodes are based on a conductive polymer formed into traditional earbud shapes. The combination of electrical conductivity and mechanical deformability allow the electrodes to provide secure contact to the surface of the ear canal resulting in good signal quality for EEG measurements. Performance of the system has been evaluated with electrical impedance as well as EEG paradigm measurements. The mean in-ear skin-contact impedances of the ear electrodes tested in humans at 10 Hz ranged from 11 kΩ to 190 kΩ with a mean of 75 kΩ for cleaned and of 110 kΩ for uncleaned ears. EEG paradigm validation has been conducted included Acoustic Steady State Response (ASSR), Alpha excitation and sleep features includes slow waves and spindles.

Florian Ullrich

InnovationLab GmbH

Florian Ullrich

Business Development

InnovationLab GmbH

R2R Printed Sensors Enabling Automated Stock Replenishment. (Joint Talk)

Printed electronics is a promising emerging technology for various applications in wearables, medtech, automotive and logistics. However, even though the possibility to print sensors and sensor systems is well know for more than a decade, products based on printed components only slowly find their way into mass market. One main hurdle is a reliable high-volume production and the possibility of a smooth transition from prototyping over upscaling to industrial production.
With its shareholders SAP, BASF and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, InnovationLab is able to bridge this gap and to provide a One-Stop Shop for Printed Electronics while even going beyond hard- and software production by providing AI and IoT services as well. In this talk, the Lab-2-Fab concept is explained and several examples for printed electronic applications will be highlighted.

One of the applications is an automated stock replenishment system based on printed pressure sensor foils. The case study is an IoT solution developed by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions for their customers.

Salwa Rasheed

Jabil

Salwa Rasheed

Designer Engineer

Jabil

How to Specify Your E-Textile Product

The market share of the e-textile industry has seen an upward trend over the years. Rising awareness and the limitless possibilities to utilize the comfort and flexibility of textiles, combined with the intelligence of electronics has led to tremendous opportunities in the development and manufacture of e-textile and wearable products across various industry segments. The pandemic times have called for and accelerated the need for remote monitoring and opened new vistas of opportunities. With more investment by existing and emerging players in the research and development of such products, it is imperative for businesses to understand and clearly specify the e-textile product requirements. Each product being so unique in nature and function, makes it more critical to address their requirements in a comprehensive manner. This presentation will cover the key aspects to consider while specifying an e-textile product.

Jonas Groten

Joanneum Research

Jonas Groten