PACKAGING EUROPE : Arjowiggin’s Powercoat® Wins Award

Link: Arjowiggin’s Powercoat® Wins Award Arjowiggins  Creative  Papers  has announced  that  PowerCoat®,  its revolutionary  paper  for  printed  electronics,  has  been  awarded  the  prize  for  Product Development  in  the  IDTechEx  Printed  Electronics  Europe/Graphene  LIVE  2013  Awards.  The announcement was made on 17 April during the keynote session at Printed Electronics Europe 2013 in Berlin. Arjowiggins  Creative  Papers’  […]

Link: Arjowiggin’s Powercoat® Wins Award

Arjowiggins  Creative  Papers  has announced  that  PowerCoat®,  its revolutionary  paper  for  printed  electronics,  has  been  awarded  the  prize  for  Product Development  in  the  IDTechEx  Printed  Electronics  Europe/Graphene  LIVE  2013  Awards.  The announcement was made on 17 April during the keynote session at Printed Electronics Europe 2013 in Berlin.

Arjowiggins  Creative  Papers’  PowerCoat®  is  a  unique  cellulosic  paper  formulation  and coating  process  that  provides  an  ultra-smooth  and  flexible  substrate  that  facilitates  the seamless  integration  of  printed  electronics  and  printed  graphics,  opening  a  world  of possibilities in the packaging, advertising, textile and pharmaceutical industries.

PowerCoat®  is  a  sustainable  substrate  with  polymer-like  smoothness  (as  low  as  10 nanometers)  that  offers  excellent  printability  and  ink  adhesion  properties  without  any plastic  content.  Its  surface  reduces  the  consumption  of  expensive  silver  inks  and  supports high-resolution fine patterning (down to 5µm) of any solution-based electronic layer.

Incomparable stability

When  conventional  papers  are  printed  with  conductive  inks,  several  issues  are  generally raised:  ink  is  too  easily  absorbed  by  the  paper  causing  unnecessarily  high  levels  of  ink consumption;   surface   roughness   leads   to   low   resolution   patterning   and   decreased conductivity; yellowing and colour fading, as well as altering of other physical characteristics of certain substrates occur during sintering (the process which fuses conductive inks to the substrata).

Using existing pressroom environments and processes, the remarkable thermal stability of PowerCoat®  allows  for  precision  control  during  sintering.  Its  structure  can  withstand  the high  temperatures  required  for  low-resistance  silver  ink  without  discolouration.  It  can endure  a  sintering  cycle  set  at  200°C  for  5  minutes,  as  well  as  flash  (photonic)  sintering without any noticeable change in physical characteristics.

PowerCoat®  is  ideal  for  roll-to-roll  processing  due  to  its  high  dimensional  stability  under mechanical  tension.  It  makes  high  resolution  printing  of  fine  patterns  possible  with  fewer registration issues.

Winning the Plastics vs Paper argument

For a long time, it has been said  that “plastics  make it possible”. PowerCoat® has proven that paper is just as reliable for applications in the world of Printed paxil get you high Electronics, and at the same time is much less hazardous to the environment than plastics.

PowerCoat® outperforms even the best plastics and is recyclable and sustainable. This novel paper has excellent smoothness and higher thermal stability than most PET / PEN plastics. Additionally, since POWERCOAT allows higher printing speeds than most plastics, because of its impressive thermal stability,  production costs can be further decreased while productivity and efficiency can be improved.

Impressive Environmental Credentials

With  its  natural  properties  and  incredible  smoothness, PowerCoat®  makes way for more efficient use of expensive chemicals and inks and is 100% recyclable, biodegradable and FSC certified, so saving on the cost of production as well as reducing environmental impact.

A 5 to 10X reduction in silver ink  consumption has been demonstrated compared  to conventional screen  printing technology when using  PowerCoat® in RFID antenna inkjet printing. This in itself is a revolution as less ink means less of an impact on the environment and lower overall production costs.

Infinite Potential for Innovative Applications

Like the iPAD, PowerCoat® is a product whose applications are limited only by the imagination and existing interactive technologies. Its value at the moment revolves around the following:

•   Resistors, capacitors, self-inductance and other passive components
•   More efficient creation of RFID antennae where less ink can be used
•   Sensing technology such as walls and handheld devices
•   Electrodes for batteries, circuitry for display, lighting etc.
•   Integration of intelligent functionality in disposable labelling and packaging

The  ground-breaking  paper  enables passive and interactive circuitry to be integrated with existing printed products. In this way, the flexible paper substrata facilitates the integration of a whole range of electronic  functions  into  graphics, from embedded  RFID tags to condition-sensitive sell-by dates on fresh produce. And  thanks to its natural roll-to-roll capability, it is also possible to produce large area products such as sensor walls and flexible displays.

More info: www.powercoatpaper.com