Open Access Pilot Line for Hybrid Printed Electronics

02 May 2017

Thin, Organic and Large Area Electronics or hybrid printed electronics is a continuously growing technology with estimation of €37B market reach in 2018. In order to secure European dominant position, all major RTD’S on hybrid Thin, Organic and Large Area Electronics are developing an open access pilot line that will impel the commercial adoption of this promising technology.

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The project titled InSCOPE, has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and aims to create an open access pilot line service for Hybrid & Printed systems. The pilot line is modular ensuring a comprehensive toolbox of printing, assembly, production integration and process validation distributed over the InSCOPE partners. Building the revolutionary platform business model on the European ecosystem to allow faster transition of product concept from R&D to product and support the build of manufacturing capacity will also give a great chance for SMEs to enter the market with THIN, ORGANIC and LARGE AREA ELECTRONICS enabled products. The technology is well suited for applications that require flexibility combined with smart functionalities, especially in the health, smart packaging and smart building, and automotive sector. Lower manufacturing cost and fast access to prototypes are the main drivers of hybrid process integration for potential users. 

InSCOPE, the Pilot line service is serviced by top European RTD’s with leading technological positions and state of the art equipment in the domain of H‑TOLAE.

The InSCOPE consortium brings together a multi-disciplinary group composed of 11 partners and 8 countries within the European Union forming an ideal and well-balanced team that includes Holst/​TNO from Netherlands, Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) Limited from United Kingdom, Commissariat à l’énergie Atomique et aux énergies Alternatives (CEA) from France, Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy from Finland, Interuniversitair Microelectronicacentrum IMEC VZW from Belgium, Philips Lighting B.V. from Netherlands; Robert Bosch GMBH from Germany, Walter Pak SL from Spain, Glaxosmithkline Research and Development LTD from United Kingdom, Kone Oyi from Finland and Amires from Czech Republic.

The main impact of the project will be acquired from pilot line service that will be tested on 15 SME development cases that are devoted to new functionalities enabled by H‑TOLAE. Moreover, InSCOPE remains accessible to interested parties even after the duration of InSCOPE period. InSCOPE pilot line will mainly advance accuracy and reliability on print. 

Corne Rentrop fom the Holst/​TNO Centre, who is coordinating the project adds: Maturing the hybrid printed electronics roadmap requires parties to supply large amounts of products at a high quality to allow industrial relevant tests, such as consumer satisfaction, clinical trials and large scaled demonstrators, therefore InSCOPE project is a great opportunity for supplying such service and at the same time strengthening the European role in Printed Electronics technology

More about InSCOPE (www​.inscope​-project​.eu)

InSCOPE will set-up an open access pilot line service for Hybrid TOLAE (H‑TOLAE) technologies capable of sampling products at TRL67 and help to educate a large group of potential end-users about the possibilities to integrate hybrid and printed electronics in their products. This will be done by organising technical design seminars, local events, and workshops. Parties that show an interest to make a step towards actual products will be supported via dedicated business development trajectories, including technical feasibility studies, cost analysis and design activities. For elected new cases a funnelling approach towards real commercial cases will be conducted.

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