Printed Electronics Becoming More Relevant to Our Market Segments
IPC the Association Connecting Electronics Industries last year established a Printed Electronics Committee (D60) with four subcommittees (D61, D62, D63, and D64) to develop standards for companies to facilitate the seamless integration of printed electronics technologies in future products. The IPC Printed Electronic D60 Committee is reaching out to the printing industry seeking those with the expertise to participate in the development of standards for these emerging technologies—functional inks, substrates, design for printing, quality control methods and tooling, etc.
Dan Gamota, chair of the IPC Printed Electronics Committee states, “My goal is to help establish a portfolio of standards that have been produced by subject matter experts in the different technologies (printing, functional inks, graphic arts, and electronics) that together form the emerging printed electronics field. We want to make sure that the standards touch upon the nuances introduced by the different technologies and, therefore, the standards are considered as complete as possible when published. As the printed electronics field grows we will revisit the standards and update them as necessary.”
Each IPC subcommittee has a specific topic that it is addressing:
1. Subcommittee D61 is performing an environmental scan of best practices to begin to draft Design Guidelines for Printed Electronics (IPC-2291);
2. Subcommittee D62 is preparing for ballot a draft standard titled Requirements for Printed Electronics Base Materials (IPC-4921), which provides technical information for flexible substrate materials such as paper, polyamide, polyester, metal or glass used for solar, batteries, membrane switches, displays, etc.;
3. Subcommittee D63 is circulating a draft document for comments named, Requirements for Printed Electronics Functional Materials (IPC-4591). This standards document discusses additive materials such as: conductive functional inks that are printed for use in touchscreens and RFID antennae; and,
4. Subcommittee D64 is beginning to draft the Performance Requirements for Printed Electronics Assemblies (IPC-6901), which will establish the necessary performance requirements that determine the operating environment in which the printed electronics assembly is going to appear, for example in high temperature or moisture environments.