Welcome to AFIP 2016

In 2008 ESMA for the first time organised the Membrane Switch Symposium that evolved into Advanced Functional Printing conference in 2011. The increasing market demand led to further concept development and in 2013 Advanced Functional & Industrial Printing attracted over 30 exhibiting companies and a total of 160 delegates.

With the support of leading screen and digital manufacturers, AFIP has become the umbrella event with the broadest approach to speciality print applications and successfully continues to educate about print in production.

 

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Topics Covered

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Functional and industrial print applications are leading the change in the production processes of today. Screen and digital technologies are adopting rapidly to the market demands and open new opportunities. AFIP conference is the only European event at this level that provides PRINTERS, MANUFACTURERS and ENGINEERS with such a broad view on the world of industrial printing, including:

PRINTED ELECTRONICS | FILM INSERT MOULDING (FIM) | AUTOMOTIVE | IN-MOULD DECORATION (IMD) | NAME PLATES | INDUSTRIAL FASCIA | MEMBRANE SWITCHES | CONDUCTIVE INKS | TOUCH PANELS AND SCREENS | SENSORS | PRINTED BATTERIES

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Impressions from AFIP 2013

  • "The place to be for professionals who want to do business in functional printing right now or in the near future and this with state of the art materials and tools of today."

    Agfa

  • "New and interesting insights into industrial printing applications."

    Kammann Maschinenbau

  • "Inputs from AFIP contribute constructively to our business development process for the next three to four years."

    Mekoprint

  • "A very useful conference to make new contacts and work on existing ones. Also a well concentrated platform to update technical aspects."

    Kühnhackl

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WILL YOU JOIN THE FUTURE OF TECHNICAL PRINTING?

March 2

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Arrival, registration and tabletops

  • 12:00pm - 13:00pm Lunch and tabletops

  • 13:00pm - 13:10pm Introduction
    Peter Buttiens | ESMA

  • 13:10pm - 13:40pm KEYNOTE: Printed Electronics for Tomorrow: On Any Package, on Any Device, on Anything
    Wim Christiaens (bio) | Quad Industries

    The biggest opportunity in the field of printed electronics is that many new applications are now emerging, with the Internet-of-Things as main driver behind this (r)evolution. This creates a huge potential market for the existing technology platform (including screen printing, component assembly, integration technologies, laser and die cutting) to produce a complete new range of products. The new applications require a wide range of functionality to be integrated in the circuit. Quad is now clearly focussing on the further development of its technology portfolio to offer a solution for the full range of needed functionality.

  • 13:40pm - 14:10pm KEYNOTE: Printed Electronics Applications: From Concept to Pilot Production
    Pit Teunissen (bio) | Holst Centre / TNO

    Consumer goods based on flexible printed electronic devices are increasingly pushing into the markets, since they offer significant advantages over traditional rigid PCB components. For this trend to continue successfully, strategies are needed for efficient product development, from initial design via prototyping up to up-scaling of production processes to industrial volumes. This presentation will demonstrate Holst Centre’s advances regarding this process flow all the way from the design stage to the pilot scale roll-to-roll production of flexible printed electronic devices. The presentation will be complemented by presenting functional demonstrators and an outlook to future applications.

  • 14:10pm - 14:40pm Screen Printing Future: Automation and Technology
    Andreas Ferndriger (bio) | Grünig / Signtronic

    CtS technology and automation are the key processes for state-of-the-art stencil production.Trends in screen printing and solutions to reduce the costs per screen, increase the output and print in better quality. In addition to CtS direct exposure it is important to standardise and automate the screen making processes.

  • 14:40pm - 15:10pm Low-Cost Copper Conductive Inks and Pastes for Printed Electronics
    Dr Ian Clark (bio) | Intrinsiq Materials

    Innovative low cost nanoparticle-based copper inkjet inks and screen print pastes are described for use on a wide range of substrates and applications. Using a combination of highly specified copper nanoparticles and a proprietary coating and functionalization process, it has been possible to protect the copper from oxidation and produce stable inks and pastes suitable for printing using conventional inkjet and screen printing techniques. Such products enable the direct printing of copper circuits. After printing, a conductive copper track is produced by sintering the deposited ink using rapid (ms) photonic curing in air by laser or broad band flash lamps. For some applications, an additional sintering option is oven sintering in a reducing atmosphere (formic acid). Applications include display, touch screen, solar cell, automotive, RFID, medical and military, where cost savings can be realised by replacing silver inks with copper inks, or by streamlining and simplifying the manufacturing process by adopting printing rather than PCB technology.

  • 15:10pm - 15:40pm Coffee break

  • 15:40pm - 16:10pm Happy to Burn Money? Inefficient Drying of Industrial Surface Coatings Does Just That!
    Alan Shaw (bio) | Natgraph

    The operating costs of dryers and curing systems used to produce most printed products are simply ignored. This presentation confirms the costs of drying by forced air, infra-red and ultra violet and demonstrates how Natgraph’s Intelligent Energy Control Solutions that can deliver savings of over 50%. Also the efficient use of already conditioned air, reduction of air-born contaminants and energy recovery systems ensure the most cost effective drying/curing possible.

  • 16:10pm - 16:40pm Solution for Glass/Plastic Operator Control Panels
    Mario Mertens (bio) | Marabu

    The presentation will describe the change in the membrane switch industry from the PC foil decoration to the new glass (touch panel) decoration. The glass substrates will be for the manufacturer of membrane switches a new challenge in terms of handling and printing.

  • 16:40pm - 17:10pm KEYNOTE: Fluorescence Engineering in Print Production
    Fons Put (bio) | VIGC

    Fluorescent materials are present as functional elements in the graphic production chain. Starting from papers for commercial print towards special security-inks, fluorescent characteristics are widely used to visualise graphic elements under certain viewing conditions. Techniques to measure and specify fluorescent effects are explained, as well as numerous project examples.

  • 17:10pm - 17:40pm If Every Single Mesh Counts: An Innovative Qualification Technique for Printing Screens
    Jürgen Brag | OSIF

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  • 17:40pm - 18:10pm KEYNOTE: Printable Solutions to Challenging Applications
    Prof. Long Lin (bio) | University of Leeds

    A number of aspects need to be considered for the development of winning technologies based on functional materials. Ground breaking functionality, affordable cost of materials and affordable cost of fabrication are equally important. This talk will chart a number of novel technologies developed by the Department of Colour Science that are based on materials that have useful/novel functions and can be fabricated via printing. The emphasis will be on the ground-breaking functionalities that address substantial technological challenges while ensuring a low cost of fabrication, which is often printing.

  • 18:10pm - 19:00pm Tabletops

  • 19:00pm - 21:00pm Networking Dinner

  • 21:00pm Close

March 3

  • 9:00am - 9:30am Tabletops

  • 9:30am - 9:40am Introduction
    Peter Buttiens | ESMA

  • 9:40am - 10:10am KEYNOTE: Nanobiosensors for Diagnostics Applications
    Prof. Arben Merkoçi (bio) | ICREA

    Metallic nanoparticles, graphene and quantum dots are showing to be excellent materials to be used as electrochemical transducers or labels in DNA (or genosensors) sensors beside enzymatic sensors, immunosensors, or cell sensors. Examples related to their application in nanobiosensors applied to various clinical biomarkers will be shown. The developed devices and strategies are intended to be of low cost while offering high analytical performance in screening scenarios beside other applications. Special emphasis will be given to lab-on-a-chip platforms with integrated electrochemical detection with interest for clinical applications. In addition simple paper-based platforms that operate in lateral flow formats with interest for various detections will be shown.

  • 10:10am - 10:40am Dual-Cure Lacquers as Protective Coating for Film Insert Molding Applications
    Dr Hans-Peter Erfurt (bio) | Pröll

    With the integration of screen printable Dual-Cure Lacquers, the Film Insert Molding Technology (IMD/FIM-Technology) has been upgraded in both, design and resistance. New surface designs are now possible in different appearance by partially screen printing on the transparent film e.g. to create matt pattern within a high gloss area. Chemical resistance, abrasion and scratch resistance of the decorated IMD/FIM parts have been improved and can pass automotive specifications for interior applications. With this concept, deeply formed 3D parts can be designed successfully with colours and effects.

  • 10:40am - 11:10am Conductive Inks for Functional Printing: Less is More
    Bavo Muys (bio) | Agfa

    Megatrends that fuel Printed Electronics adoption are becoming more clear every day. In this fast-moving world with all kinds of sensors, touch enabled surfaces, intelligent packaging etc. we should go for the most efficient solutions at optimal costs, sources and resources being finite. Agfa’s knowledge in silver chemistry and large scale ink manufacturing capability is used to develop inks for functional printing: transparent conductive polymer inks and efficient nano-silver inks with high conductivity. We aim for flexible and formable inks which can be integrated in other layers or objects, inks that fit in efficient and lean production processes. Results are shown of screen printed inks based on Agfa’s nano-silver dispersions. Compared to flake inks, higher bulk conductivities are achieved and open new possibilities: applications aiming for minimum line widths or coating thicknesses or applications aiming for maximum conductivity and this at affordable prices.

  • 11:10am - 11:40am Coffee and tabletops

  • 11:40am - 12:10pm You Prefer, We Provide: Overview and Comparison of Different Computer to Screen Technologies under Different Aspects
    Oliver Leven (bio) | CST

    CST GmbH, as leading provider of CtS devices for the rotary and flatbed screen printing applications will present an overview and comparison of different available Computer to Screen technologies in terms of: machine base constructions and orientations, sizes, head technologies, running and investment costs, throughput and resolutions. Furthermore, this presentation will focus on different head system technologies, such as bulbs, LED's, laser diodes and Co2 or YAG ablative lasers. This presentation shall help select the right solution to fit the specific clients applications, also enabling customised solutions for very special applications.

  • 12:10pm - 12:40pm Open Up New Challenges for the Screen Printing Industry
    Peter Fleischer (bio) | PVF

    The presentation will be divided in four topics: application, thread material, thread construction and mesh count. PVF and NBC will evaluate together with the screen printing user all requirements of certain function of the surface structure and/or surface coating. We determine the base material of the thread due to the respective requirements. After determining the base material we define thread diameter, thread surface, single thread, bi-thread. With regards to the mesh count we define how many threads per cm at which fineness of mesh can we weave in order to receive the desired mesh opening, mesh thickness, open area and theoretical ink volume etc.

  • 12:40pm - 13:10pm Inkjet Printing: Overview of Industrial and Functional Applications
    Debbie Thorp (bio) | Global Inkjet Systems

    Inkjet technology’s breadth of capability is suitable for many industrial and functional applications. Small drops for precision; large drops for coatings and area fill. Inkjet technology is still developing with greater fluid capability, higher speeds, higher resolution, smaller drops, larger drops, greater reliability – all driving adoption in more markets. This presentation will provide an overview of inkjet printheads and their use in industrial and functional applications.

  • 13:10pm - 14:00pm Lunch and tabletops

  • 14:00pm - 14:30pm KEYNOTE: Adoption of Digital Printing in Functional Decoration - What Does the Market Want?
    Sean Smyth (bio) | Smithers Pira

    Inkjet is growing strongly in many areas of functional printing – promotional items, ceramics, glass, electronics and décor, not to mention 3D. Additive manufacturing is being studied in pure and applied research labs in universities, and at large companies, with new fluids and techniques being described and brought to market. This talk outlines the results of Smithers Pira research into the sector, with highlights from “The Future of Functional Industrial Print to 2020” report, published in Q4 2015.

  • 14:30pm - 15:00pm Resists and More
    Michael Gross (bio) | KIWO

    Using a resist, a surface can be masked with a design, either partially or all-over, prior to further finishing, processing or transportation, thus protecting them from outside influences. The resists are medium to highly viscous emulsions and depending on the product, can either be screen printed or applied by spraying, roller coating or dipping. The presentation will include application examples for partial etching (chemical etching and imitation etch lacquer), motif- and sandblasting, decorative sputtering and surface protection.

  • 15:00pm - 15:30pm Fingerprints - from Forensics to FIM
    Dr Keith Parsons (bio) | MacDermid Autotype

    The presentation will discuss FIM as a delivery method for aesthetic and functional surfaces; anti-fingerprint – myth or reality?; what is a fingerprint?; what can we do about it?

  • 15:30pm - 16:00pm High-Resolution Gravure Printing of Graphene for Biomedical Applications
    Thorsten Knoll (bio) | Fraunhofer Institute of Biomedical Engineering / Saueressig

    The functionality of many biosensors is based on electrode structures on which proteins are immobilised. In the research project BIOGRAPHY we aim for roll-to-roll printing of graphene electrodes with biofunctional coatings on large-area polymer foils, in order to establish a highly cost effective mass fabrication process for graphene-based biosensors. R&D activities in the project focus on the development of a biocompatible graphene ink suitable for rotogravure printing, a fabrication method for micro patterning of gravure printing cylinders and the development of a roll-to-roll gravure printing process.

  • 16:00pm - 16:30pm KEYNOTE: Printed Sensors for the Internet of Things
    Andreas Albrecht (bio) | Technical University Munich

    Functional inks keep improving in recent years and offer many opportunities to combine different printing and coating methods to produce integrated systems on various substrate materials. We at the Institute for Nanoelectronics use inkjet and screen printing as well as spray coating to realise sensors, RF antennas, and energy harvesters as well as their integration into hybrid printed systems. This talk will show you current research topics with nano-materials to sense force, pressure, temperature, humidity, light, gas concentrations, pH-values and ion concentrations by changing specific electrical properties. The changing parameters are then evaluated and processed on inkjet-printed circuit boards assembled with CMOS chips and optionally transferred wireless by printed antennas.

  • 16:30pm - 17:00pm KEYNOTE: Database of Functional Screen Printing and Selected Examples
    Prof. Gunter Hübner (bio) | Stuttgart Media University

    Screen-printing, together with inkjet, is the most suitable and most widely used printing process for functional printing and printed electronics. However, there might still be some technical areas where engineers are not aware of the possibilities that can be done with this technique. Thus, an initiative of several organisations, like the bvdm, the DiD, the ESMA and the University of Applied Science “Hochschule der Medien”, Stuttgart, and leading companies, was started to collect samples of screen-printed functionalities in a web-based database and show these examples to the broad public in order to generate even more ideas for the widest thinkable range of industries.

  • 17:00pm - 17:30pm Tabletops

  • 17:30pm Close

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