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New facility offers potential for real world printable electronics products

12 July 2012

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has completed the installation of its Integrated Smart Systems (ISS) facility, a £2m development that can deliver interactive electronic functionality in a traditional pressroom environment. Based at its National Printable Electronics Centre (NETPark) site at Sedgefield, the ISS line is an open access facility with a list of projects lined-up.

These include a £1.5m Nilpeter press, which has the capability to handle multiple printing techniques on to backings such as paper, card, films and foil with thickness ranging from 25-370 microns. This technology is further supported with a host of printing, curing, cutting, and pick and place tools.

The ISS line is able to produce demonstrator units and prototypes, as well as performing pilot production and scalable process development for a range of users including brand owners, printers, packaging houses, creative designers, ink formulators, substrate suppliers and equipment manufacturers. It not only develops the integration of printable electronics with existing processes, but also initiates the evolution of a cross-market supply chain. 

CPI is running a workshop for North East-based SMEs on July 19. It is free of charge to attend, and will provide an introduction to the ISS facility, its technology and potential. Online registration is available here

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