NovaCentrix: 16 years breaking the trail for printable electronics

Like many companies on the cutting edge of technology, NovaCentrix headed to the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month to get the pulse of the macro-trends driving new opportunities and innovations.

“We can’t even imagine what products will be on the market, built by what technologies, 10 years from now,” said Stan Farnsworth, NovaCentrix’s VP Marketing.

And yet, NovaCentrix has been peering into the crystal ball and taking calculated risks on where the market might be for the past 16 years.

NovaCentrix is the Diamond Sponsor for CPES2016. Today, the company is widely respected in the printable, flexible and organic electronics industries for its Metalon conductive inks, and even more so as a pioneer in photonic curing tools under its PulseForge brand.

PulseForge tools are used to dry, sinter or anneal thin-film materials on substrates, including papers and plastics that can’t take the high heat required by other curing processes. Photonic curing saves product material costs, reduces processing time and increases throughput.

Read more: NovaCentrix keeping ahead of the market curve


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Unwinding to the sweet sound of PE at Printed Electronics USA

In our last issue, we featured the Canadian Pavilion at the 2015 Printed Electronics USA conference. A highlight was an exhibition sponsored by CPEIA Member Tangio Printed Electronics, in which renowned composer and producer Phi Bui played a PE-enabled musical instrument – a force-sensing membrane-based keyboard called LinnStrument.

Here at last is the video that shows Bui making beautiful music.

You can read more about the technology here.

Xerox launches printed memory products to combat counterfeiting

To help businesses and government better secure products as they’re distributed, Xerox has introduced two printed electronic labels (also known as “printed memory”) that can collect and store information about the authenticity and condition of products – Xerox Printed Memory and Xerox Printed Memory with Cryptographic Security. The Xerox Research Centre of Canada is a CPEIA Founding Member.

Read the story at Graphic Arts Magazine.

Jones and Thinfilm create smart packaging for top pharma brands

On January 5th, CPEIA Member company Jones Packaging Inc. announced a commercial partnership with Thin Film Electronics ASA, a global leader in printed electronics and smart systems. Together, the companies will integrate Thinfilm’s NFC OpenSense technology into paperboard pharma packaging and establish key manufacturing processes for production on Jones’ high-speed lines. Jones and Thinfilm will engage leading global pharmaceutical companies to integrate the smart technology into Rx and over-the-counter product packaging and deliver the solution to market.

Read the full announcement


Is your company setting the standard for printable electronics?

As PE begins the shift into higher production levels for industries such as defence, aerospace and automotive, the need for industry standards will continue to grow. IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries, an international trade association and standards developer, has to date published four printed electronics standards, and has another half dozen in the works.

We’ve just added to our Knowledge Base an overview from the IPC that summarizes current standards, explains how CPEIA Members can get involved in the effort to develop new standards and the importance of doing so—for themselves and the entire PE community.

Read the full article in the Members-only CPEIA Knowledge Base.
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New federal program helps Canadian companies offset export business development costs

On January 5th, the federal government announced a new program offering financing and incentives to help SMEs explore growth opportunities in foreign markets. The CanExport program will provide $50 million over the next five years to help Canadian SMEs take advantage of global export opportunities and increase their global competitiveness.

Read the Globe and Mail story.


Secure your spot at CPES2016

CPES2016 will take place April 19-20 at Sheridan College's new conference centre in Toronto.

CPES2016 is the key Canadian event for the printable, flexible and wearable electronics industries. We expect over 100 organizations and 200 attendees.

Conference registration is now open. Sign up now to take advantage of our early bird rates.

The deadline to submit for a Speaker, Academic Poster or Tabletop Exhibitor spot has been extended to Friday, January 29, 2016.

CPES2016 also features the inaugural CPES Innovation Awards. For more information on each award and the entry criteria, and to submit a nomination. Deadline for submission is March 31, 2016.

Last year’s sponsors are already renewing. Keystep Growth & Finance and IDTechEx have taken Bronze. Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), FUJIFILM Dimatix and CSA Group are Gold Sponsors. NovaCentrix has become our first ever Diamond Sponsor.
Visit the CPES2016 Website

Get hands-on learning in the fundamentals of printable, flexible electronics

Are you new to printable and flexible electronics? Do you want to learn about the fundamentals? Do you want to start new product development? Do you need to provide manufacturing services?

As part of its Technical Program, the CPEIA is offering a three-day Training Course in partnership with the Printability and Graphic Communications Institute (ICI) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

Through this Training Course, participants will receive high-value, hands-on learning about the design, processes and materials for new product development.

Review the course curriculum.

Course registration

Spots are available for the first course, scheduled for May 3-5, 2016. The course will take place at ICI, 999 Emile-journault Avenue East, Montreal, QC.

Cost is CDN $2,995 per person, plus taxes. Courses are available in both French and English. Standard enrolment is two teams of five participants for each course. Custom corporate training and corporate training packages are available on other dates.

For more information, please contact ICI at or call 1-514-389-5061.
Register for 3 Day Training Event

CABA’s Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum April 26 - 28, San Diego

Program information and registration for attendees is now open. Discounted early bird pricing and hotel rates are available for a limited time.

CABA's Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum brings together leading organizations involved in the integration of intelligent building systems and connected home technologies. CABA estimates that over 150 industry stakeholders will gather to discuss current trends in the intelligent and integrated buildings and connected home sectors.
Visit the CABA website to register

PACnext Just One Package Innovation Challenge, May 18, Toronto

The Challenge: To reduce consumer reliance on single-use packages/bags at retail.

The Challengers: PAC retail members Canadian Tire, Costco, Home Depot, Sobeys, Walmart, and Wegmans.

The Objective: To source sustainable solutions to eliminate waste and cost in the supply chain.

Industry Innovators are invited: To create product design solutions or instore applications for mid to large packaged products bagged in-store for handling and transportation convenience to the car and home.
Learn more about the PACnext Challenge


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