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Workshop to focus on mastering printed electronics

May 13, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University and its Center for the Advancement of Printed Electronics are offering a two-day workshop in early June that will let printing industry representatives gain a better understanding of printed electronics.

The "Mastering Printed Electronics Principles Workshop" is Wednesday and Thursday, June 9-10, at the WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. CAPE will be workshop host and assist attendees in learning more about printed electronics and printing functional inks and how they differ from traditional graphic printing.

An introduction to materials for printed electronics will be provided, as well as an overview of device architecture and device design issues. A review of the benefits and disadvantages of current printing technologies will be provided, some of which will be demonstrated.

Participants will also gain the knowledge of how process modifications can be utilized to enhance existing printing processes--gravure, flexography and offset traditional printing methods. The printing of electronic materials will be demonstrated utilizing equipment located in CAPE and the WMU Printing Pilot Plant. The Comco flexographic press, Ceruttiroto gravure press and the Daetwyler AccuPress will be featured.

Sessions will be held in WMU's Welborn Hall and will give both new and experienced employees the chance to ask questions and get answers about issues pertaining to their company's business interests in this new field of technology. With a mixture of classroom as well as hands-on and eyes-on press training, workshop courses will focus on answering such questions as:

  • What is the impact of this technology on current consumer markets?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages to the primary printing processes being used?
  • What are the differences in requirements for printing graphic and electronic materials?
  • What materials and substrates are being used?
  • What do you need to capture this emerging market?
  • What are the design principles of this technology?

The registration fee is $795 with a deadline of June 8.

For more information, seminar schedule and registration form, visit Mastering Printed Electronic Principles online or contact Dr. Margaret Joyce at margaret.joyce@wmich.edu, (269) 276-3500 or (269) 598-8936.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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