Conductive Materials is Topic at NPIRI Technical Conference



The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers’ (NAPIM) annual National Printing Ink Research Institute (NPIRI) Technical Conference focuses its attention on new technologies and trends, and the 2013 conference, held at the Chicago Hilton at Indian Lakes, Bloomingdale, IL, from Oct. 2-4, was no exception.

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CLIP newsletter: Why do we need low-cost conductive inks?

CLIP newsletter Jan 2013-1In order for plastic electronics to be printed in large numbers, the conductive inks behind them need to be cost-effective. If they are not, new technologies based on organic substrates may never make it to market.

Conductive inks enable a number of technologies, and will allow some existing ones to be manufactured in different ways. Being able to print a circuit, RFID tag, security label or sensor, without the need for additional, expensive production equipment will ultimately lead to better electronics at lower prices.

Currently, any conductive inks that are being used for printed electronics are based on silver particles. Silver offers strong conductivity, even when oxidised. However, the problem with this is the price of the material.

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CLIP: Enhancing Printed Electronics Applications by SMEs

Project officer: Monika Kacik | Reference: 243557

2logosThe EU Commission has announced the initiation of the Conductive Low-cost Ink Project (CLIP), through its 7th Framework Programme. Bringing together SMEs and associations, CLIP aims to develop a set of low-cost inks to enable EU-based businesses to address the growing potential of printed electronics.

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