Imec, Quad Industries and Agfa combine to produce screenprinted RFID tags that can be used on curved surfaces.
David Savastano, Editor08.02.17
The ability to print flexible RFID tags on curved surfaces is an area of great interest to manufacturers. However, flexible antennas have proven to be a challenge.
As part of the Met@Link project, begun in October 2015, imec, Quad Industries and Agfa recently developed a demonstrator of a plastic 12-bit RFID tag and read-out system featuring screenprinted circuitry.
Quad Industries is a specialist in utilizing screenprinting to produce a variety of touch and switch solutions, smart labels, NFC antennas, batteries and sensors on a variety of substrates, and printed the antenna.
“Quad Industries optimizes the screenprinting methodology to obtain highest conductivity with flexible thin layers, and integrates this into a complete integrated solution,” Wim Willaert of Quad Industries noted.
Guido Desie, R&D manager at Agfa, said that Agfa supplied its Orgacon nanoparticle-based silver inks for this project. “Agfa-Gevaert develops the
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