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Industrial production of printed sensors

The third and final phase of our LAB-2-FAB concept.

Thanks to the collaboration with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, the world's leading manufacturer of sheet-fed offset printing machines, inexpensive printed and organic sensors can be produced in unprecedented quantities - so to speak, non-stop sensors. The additive manufacturing process in connection with our worldwide unique cooperation enables the development and manufacture of customer-specific sensors on an industrial scale and at economical costs for the first time. You benefit from a fast and seamless transition from design and feasibility studies to market launch and series production.

Once here, you can choose between two production locations: Heidelberg, operated by InnovationLab, and Wiesloch-Walldorf, operated by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Both production sites are equipped with a roll-to-roll printing machine. All processes involved are certified according to ISO 9001 and are located in clean rooms, which is crucial for the quality and reliability of the printing process.

InnovationLab has a heavily modified label printing machine of the type "Gallus RCS 330“, Which enables the prototype construction and the pilot production of up to a million (finger-sized) sensors per day.

Gallus RCS 430 printing machine for industrial production

At the production site of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG in Wiesloch-Walldorf, a further developed roll-to-roll printing machine is used, which is the first of its kind to be used exclusively for the industrial production of printed sensors and can run in three-shift operation - any number of items can be used can be produced quickly and reliably. The processes used correspond to the IATF 16949 requirements for quality management systems in the automotive industry.

Technical details

  • 14 m long with 16 x barrel length for RCS 330
  • up to 160 serial meters per minute (~ 10 km / h)
  • Print length "infinite"
  • Print width up to 43 cm
  • Three-shift operation possible
  • about 20 million 5x1 cm² units per day
  • 7 printing stations possible - 7 layers can be printed on top of each other
  • The entire area of ​​a tennis court can be printed in 1 hour