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Heraeus and ITRI announce improvements in touch screen production

New stable industrial process for mass manufacturing using Clevios based films for touch screens and sensors improve manufacturing efficiency, and lower costs

23 Nov 2015 | Editor

Heraeus in collaboration with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has developed an improved mass-manufacturing process for its Clevios based films used in touch panels and sensors for a variety of electronics devices. This process will enable companies to use Clevios based films to produce touch screens with greater functionality - be flexible, curved, three-dimensional or wearable.

The research of Heraeus and ITRI encompassed its Clevios PEDOT conductive polymer coated films (provided by EOC/Nanya Plastics and Eternal Materials) to fully functional seven-inch touch panels.

Optimum parameter sets with wide process windows were determined for all processing steps of sensor patterning, silver trace printing, FPC bonding, and touch sensor film lamination. Process run cards and quality control steps were implemented and statistical analysis performed to characterize the process. The seven-inch touch panels produced were fully functional, performed five-point multi-touch and pilot production suggesting high yields.

Also, a new fine-line low temperature silver paste "LT Silver P" optimised for Clevios touch sensors was used for the silver trace screen-printing.

Heraeus / ITRI - Touchscreen

Figure: Heraeus / ITRI - Touchscreen

Dr. Janglin Chen, Vice President of ITRI & General Director of ITRI’s Display Technology Center, said, "After presenting the world-first foldable 7” Clevios touch panel integrated with a flexible AMOLED Display at Touch Taiwan in August, this is another milestone of our successful cooperation with Heraeus in the field of conductive polymer touch panel technology."
Dr. Ralf Droste, Head of Business Line Display & Semiconductor of Heraeus, said, "The new stable manufacturing process will provide immediate and long-term benefits for touch panel companies, from lower costs to the ability to incorporate greater features and functionality." Ralf, added, "We’ve developed a clear roadmap to enable companies to quickly implement Clevios technology into their manufacturing processes. It allows companies to offer the next generation of foldable touch devices, where Clevios exceeds the performance and functionality of all other transparent conductors."

www.itri.org.tw    www.heraeus-clevios.com   

About ITRI

Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan's industries from labor-intensive into technology-oriented. ITRI focuses on the fields of Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment.

Over the years, ITRI has cultivated more than 140 CEOs and incubated over 260 innovative companies, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Berlin, Moscow and Eindhoven in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation around the world.

Source: ITRI

About Heraeus Clevios

Heraeus, the technology group headquartered in Hanau, Germany, is a leading international family-owned company formed in 1851. With expertise, a focus on innovations, operational excellence and an entrepreneurial leadership, we strive to continuously improve our business performance. We create high-quality solutions for our clients and strengthen their competitiveness in the long term by combining material expertise with technological know-how.

Our ideas are focused on themes such as the environment, energy, health, mobility and industrial applications. Our portfolio ranges from components to coordinated material systems which are used in a wide variety of industries, including the steel, electronics, chemical, automotive and telecommunications industries.

In the 2014 financial year, Heraeus generated product revenues of €3.4 bn and precious metal revenues of €12.2bn euros. With around 12,600 employees worldwide in more than 100 subsidiaries in 38 countries, Heraeus holds a leading position in its global markets.

Source: Heraeus Clevios

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