Combining flexible printing and conventional designs, Classic Stripes adds a ‘smart’ touch to electronics and aesthetics
A strong research and development ecosystem, a large consumer base, and the growing popularity of technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) have pushed electronics and design to become a growth engine for the country. The industry is making headway as it rides a wave of new age innovations that drive change with solutions ready for the future.
Speaking of cutting edge technologies like IoT, these tools are seen as fundamental pillars of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and are transforming industries like electronics to pave the way for niche sectors like flexible electronics.
To its credit, flexible electronics presents consumers with smarter, more stylish, and more useful products that feature miniaturization of designs, unlike traditional electronics. What gives it an advantage is that it combines the best of printing and conventional electronics to help manufacturers create flexible and expandable products.
Add a smart touch to electronics
To this end, Mumbai-based Classic Stripes was one of the first players in the Indian electronics industry to harness the power of flexible printed electronics to design smarter, more efficient products that fuel change. in sectors such as consumer durables, healthcare, automotive and wearable technology. .
As part of the Astrac group, the company works with its industrial partners to offer solutions integrating the functionalities of area increase, detection, lighting and touch interface.
As part of its flexible printed electronics division, Classic Stripes works with processes that enable the development of flexible components such as flexible piezoresistive sensors and ultra-thin, flexible light-emitting (EL) / LED displays, which eliminate the constraints form factor and give product designers more creative freedom.
On the other hand, they provide a platform for product brands and designers to keep innovating and exploring new use cases, tools and components that are not only slim and flexible, but also exciting to interact with. .
What works in favor of flexible electronics is that they are lightweight, durable, offer mechanical flexibility, and can be integrated into a range of product applications in areas such as consumer devices, goods durable, modular switches, automobiles, consumer electronics, gaming devices, medical devices, wearable devices and IoT-based devices.
How flexible printing makes electronics more efficient for end users
Here’s a look at the impact of Classic Stripes with flexible electronics:
1. Consumer electronics: One of the most common applications of integrated position and resistive touch sensing in consumer electronics is a touchpad. The hard surface of the module, which is resistant to moisture, can be used with a finger, stylus or glove.
2. Consumer appliances and durable goods: In the case of products such as coffee machines and refrigerators, touchscreen interfaces can add a lot of value to their ease of use, combined with good aesthetics.
As switches and buttons are replaced with touch-sensitive interfaces, consumers are enjoying a much more intuitive experience. For example, in a coffee machine, force sensors detect the presence and estimate the size of the cups that are placed under the spout to dispense the right amount of content.
With refrigerators, sensors proactively prevent problems by using force detectors to ensure all components are properly placed before operation. In addition, if you manage to close your refrigerator with a light pressure of the hand or the foot, it is thanks to the pressure sensors.
3. Automotive applications: Designers are already thinking outside the box by reinventing car interiors using smart surfaces. There has been a growing trend towards improved connectivity, aesthetics and user interfaces in vehicles, focusing on added value through human-machine interfaces (HMIs) through integrated position and resistive touch sensing. In the future, a greater proportion of a car’s interior will be replaced by touch-sensitive interfaces, and the industry will move away from mechanized buttons and knobs.
Inside the passenger compartment, sensing and lighting technology is used to improve functionality as well as occupant safety and comfort. Pressure sensors in the passenger seats can detect a child’s weight and deactivate the airbag, thus protecting the child from serious injury.
A capacitive sensing system can be discreetly integrated into the steering wheel to help monitor whether the driver’s hand is on the steering wheel. The hands-on / hands-off detection function makes it possible to know who and when exactly is in control of a vehicle. It allows very precise monitoring of the on / off state when transitioning between manual and automated driving modes.
It’s hard not to notice how these sensors make car interiors and human-machine interfaces more user-friendly with touch-sensitive controls and improved aesthetics. In addition, there are seat occupancy sensors to ensure safety.
4. Health care: Flexible electronics is one of the flagship innovations that have had a considerable impact in recent years. The unique properties of force transducers (FSRs) help construct devices that require a small area for activation and are cost effective. They also have a high tolerance to temperature, chemicals and humidity, making them ideal for biomedical sensor-based applications. For example, FSRs are integrated into devices designed to detect pressure ulcers in patients. They are integrated with skin patches and biosensors to record information about a patient’s vital signs. These force sensors are widely used in robotic surgery and drug delivery, among other fields.
Classic Stripes is leading the way in flexible printed electronics products in the country. Leveraging its advanced design, screen printing and thermoforming capabilities developed over three decades, the company is best equipped to provide end-to-end solutions ranging from design, development, prototyping, testing to serial production of various products in this new field of flexible printing. electronic.