Up close with the first winners of the CPES Innovation Awards

By Leo Valiquette

CPES2016, Canada’s Printable, Flexible and Wearable Electronics Symposium, marked another milestone for the Canadian industry last month. Two companies were singled out for their achievements in product innovation and commercialization, to take home the first ever CPES Innovation Awards. But who are these two companies? Let’s take a closer look.

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CPEIA 2016 AGM endorses search for new name

At the 2016 AGM on April 19, CPEIA Members endorsed the proposal from the Board of Directors that the CPEIA rebrand itself with a name that is more reflective of the broad and diverse nature of this emerging industry, by including flexible and wearable electronics.

When we look at the scope of this technology, with emerging smart textiles, stretchable, flexible, wearable and 3D printed electronics, and the evolution of the 2D large-area printed electronics, there is significant overlap between some of the science, the technologies and the applications. Many of our member companies and research groups cross these boundaries. It’s only natural that the CPEIA’s name and brand reflect this.

The effort to develop a new name for the CPEIA is being undertaken by the Board of Directors, in cooperation with the Board of Advisors and select founding members.

Minutes from the 2016 AGM as well as all the CPEIA’s reports are available for download from the governance section of our website.

Jones and TUKU create new media channel through intelligent packaging

CPEIA member companies Jones Packaging Inc. and TUKU Inc. have teamed up to integrate TUKU’s dynamic content management technology for mobile marketing with Jones’ printed intelligent packaging solutions. The result will be web-enabled packaging for pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. This integrated platform will deliver product information and promotions, direct from the package to consumers’ mobile devices, so brands can interact with consumers in-store.

Read the full announcement.

IntelliPACK Case Study:
Xerox fights product counterfeiting

A report in April 2016 by the OECD and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office concluded that imports of counterfeit and pirated goods are worth nearly half a trillion dollars a year, or around 2.5% of global imports.

Last fall, Xerox unveiled two new weapons in this war, its Xerox Printed Memory and Xerox Printed Memory with Cryptographic Security labels.

Traditional anti-counterfeiting methods such as invisible ink, holograms and RFID tags can be copied, and are often expensive to implement. These two new printed electronic labels from Xerox, on the other hand, give brand owners a solution that is inexpensive and difficult to counterfeit because every label is uniquely encrypted.

Download the full case study to learn more about these Xerox’s labels, developed with Thinfilm’s proprietary printed memory.

CPEIA seeks compelling case studies – just like Xerox’s

Are you actively bringing to market products, technologies or applications with printable, flexible or wearable electronics?

We are looking to document and promote compelling stories related to product development and commercialization. We want stories where the product is near to, or in the market. Tell us what problems you are solving for end-users, how your solution is different and unique, what market traction you have already achieved.

We will showcase the best stories on the CPEIA site and consider opportunities where the case study could be placed with an industry publication.

We make the process as painless as possible. To get started, please contact Leo Valiquette at lvaliquette@cpeia-acei.ca.


CPES2016 presentations now available for CPEIA members

As a benefit to CPEIA members, presentation decks from our CPES2016 speakers and keynotes are now available to review in the CPEIA Knowledge Base. Recap what you heard. If you couldn’t make it, this is a great way to catch up on what you missed.

Download from the Members Portal (requires login)

Read our latest white papers

We also unveiled two new white papers at CPES2016, in partnership with the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA). These papers take an unprecedented look at printable and flexible electronics applications for intelligent buildings and connected homes, by examining 25 applications that can be easily commercialized.

These papers are now available for download:
Printable and Flexible Electronics Enabled Intelligent Buildings: New Functions, Improved Performance and Optimized Control
Driving Energy Efficiency & Occupant Comfort through Printable & Flexible Electronics Applications in the Next Generation Connected Home
Download White Papers

Would you like to host a tour of your facility?

The CPEIA works with its Members to host tours that provide promotional opportunities for the host venue and give attendees exclusive access to a world-class facility. We want to create a networking forum for like-minded individuals to connect in a non-competitive, non-threatening and education environment.

This is done by educating specific audiences on aspects of the development, prototyping, integration and manufacturing of printable, flexible or wearable electronics products and applications, with inside looks at related companies, production facilities, place of use facilities (e.g. long-term care facility), R&D facilities, materials science labs and process development labs.

To learn more, download the CPEIA Facility Tour Guidelines, or contact Peter Kallai at pkallai@cpeia-acei.ca


ISCAS 2016: Special Session, Printable Electronics, May 23, Montreal

The IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) is the world’s premier networking forum of leading researchers in the highly active fields of theory, design and implementation of circuits and systems.

The 2016 edition takes place in Montreal May 22-26. On May 23, a Special Session on Printable Electronics will feature presentations on:
  • Flexible Electrical Circuits Printed on Polymers Using Graphene-Cellulose Inks
  • Flexible Printed Organic Photovoltaic Antennas for the Internet of Things
  • Fully-Additive Printed Electronics: Process Development Kit
  • Aerosol Jet Printing for Printed Electronics Rapid Prototyping
  • Low-Cost Trimmable Manufacturing Methods for Printable Electronics
Learn more about this special session.

To learn more and register visit ISCAS 2016.

IEEE ANTEM 2016, July 10-13, Montreal

IEEE’s 17th International Symposium on Antenna Technology and Applied Electromagnetics (ANTEM) takes place July 10-13 in Montreal. As part of ANTEM, the CPEIA will lead a special half-day Session on Printable Electronics.

The CPEIA has begun working with IEEE to develop applications for printable, flexible and wearable electronics and help our members tap into IEEE’s global networks. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about PE-based antennas and network with delegates from around the world.

Learn more about ANTEM. For more information on this special session, please contact Peter Kallai at pkallai@cpeia-acei.ca.

2016 PAC Conference, September 28-29, Niagara

What emerging packaging innovations and technologies will flourish in 2025? Internet of Things, omni-channel, big data, analytics, virtual, 3D, digital printing, smart, interactive, robotics, artificial intelligence, computer-aided design, drones, technical and biological nutrients, nanotechnology are all keywords that are now relevant to the packaging industry.

IntelliPACK, the joint program of PAC and CPEIA, will have two presentations on smart packaging to give CPEIA and PAC Members an update on intelliPACK’s progress to-date for increasing the adoption of the smart packaging in North America. 

Who should attend?

All stakeholders across the packaging value chain who are thought leaders, transformational champions, strategic thinkers, visionaries and futurists will be the first to sign up for this PAC TO THE FUTURE Conference.

Visit the PAC site to learn more.

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