Countdown to the 10th edition of LOPEC: from March 13-15, 2018, the printed electronics industry will come together at the exhibition grounds in Munich, Germany. With more than 1,550 square meters of exhibition space, LOPEC will break its own last year’s record. At the same time, the LOPEC Conference will provide information about new developments and trends for this technology. The supporting program will make printed electronics tangible—in the truest sense of the word.
The way printed electronics conquers everyday life is illustrated by the LOPEC Innovation Showcase.
“Whether in consumer electronics, cosmetics or aviation, printed electronics is being used in a wide variety of industries,” said Barbara Ismaier, project manager for the exhibition. “The exhibits in our LOPEC Innovation Showcase show how practicable the new developments in these industries are.”
CDT, Cambridge Display Technology Ltd., for instance, demonstrated on a FlexOLED refrigerator door how printed electronics are conquering everyday life. With its printed, thin and flexible OLED displays, the company has created a special design freedom that allows for the technology to be used in numerous household appliances.
The LG Signature OLED TV 65W7 is ready to move into households today. The display of the OLED TV is less than five millimeters thin.
The interactive data glasses with bidirectional OLED microdisplays from Fraunhofer FEP (Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology) are still a prototype. What is exceptional about them is that the glasses enable simultaneous image recording and display.
The use of printed electronics in cosmetics is still relatively new. The Changzhou Institute of Printed Electronics Industry (CZIPEI) has developed an eye mask that promises three benefits for the sensitive eye area through microcurrents. It is designed to smooth out wrinkles, prevent dark circles and minimize bags under the eyes. Visitors can experience these and other products as well as demonstrators at LOPEC Innovation Showcase.
Visitors can see the entire production process of an NFC-powered LED at the LOPEC Demo Line. Near-field-communication (NFC) transfers energy from the smartphone to an object. In this case, on the occasion of the LOPEC anniversary, it is a birthday candle in the form of an LED, which is embedded in a greeting card. More than a dozen companies, members of the OE-A, are participating in the Demo Line 2018.
In keeping with the focus topic “Wellbeing,” the LOPEC Panel Discussion on March 14 (15:00, LOPEC Forum) focused on the future of health care. Four experts from the world of IoT, wearables and research and development discussed the role and market opportunities of printed electronics in healthcare and wellbeing applications.
The LOPEC Dinner took place on March 14. One of the highlights of the evening is the LOPEC Award Show. The OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association), which organizes LOPEC together with Messe München, awarded prizes to the winners of the OE-A Competition and the LOPEC Start-up Forum. The awards were presented in five categories for the best ideas, prototypes and products in the field of printed electronics.