Next-Generation Materials Enable Smart Health Devices and Structural 3D Electronics
Henkel to Showcase Material Sets for Smart Health Patches and In-Mold Electronics at LOPEC 2017
Among the material leader’s latest breakthroughs are advanced formulations that support smart health technology and medical devices, as well as products that facilitate in-mold electronic applications.
The Future of Health Optimization and Medical Diagnostics
Henkel’s contributions to medical electronics are well-documented and its most recent developments are poised to deliver ‘smart’ technology to the healthcare sector, providing real-time, wirelessly-accessible data for a variety of human vital signs.
At the foundation of the Henkel material set is a Loctite conductive electrode ink, which is contained in a disposable patch on which a skin-compatible, pressure-sensitive adhesive is used to adhere the device to the skin. The second part of the smart health patch contains a printed circuit board (PCB). The protection of the PCB-containing side of the patch from environmental influences is facilitated with Henkel conformal coating materials and Technomelt hot melt low pressure molding materials. The result is a functional device that measures heart rate and reports it via any wireless-enabled device (smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc.), eliminating cumbersome cables and control boxes. The smart patch can be worn and re-used for several days, after which only the electrode portion requires disposal. A new electrode patch can be re-applied to the enclosed PCB portion of the device for continued use. The technology has broad application for measurement of numerous types of body functions.
Integrating Form and Function with Structural 3D Electronics
The future of modern, functional design is taking shape with Henkel’s portfolio of materials for in-mold electronics, which will also be on display at LOPEC on the Henkel booth. With this technology, thermoformable conductive inks have the ability to enable electronics functionality to be embedded directly into plastics and molding materials, thereby eliminating the need for conventional switches, buttons and wires. Use of this novel technology has appeal in many market sectors.
For applications within automotive dashboards, for example, functionality such as temperature, in-cabin lighting and audio control can be embedded in the dashboard material itself and adjusted by touch. This integration vastly reduces weight, which is an important consideration in modern automobile design and manufacture. Similarly, common household electronics like washing machines can now incorporate electronic capability into the product structure and do away with protruding knobs and dials.
Henkel’s solution for in-mold electronics is a holistic, compatible material set that includes advanced Loctite thermoformable conductive inks, conductive adhesives, solder pastes and Technomelt low pressure molding materials.
Technology in Practice
LOPEC show delegates are invited to visit Henkel in Hall B0, Booth 401 to see product samples that highlight these latest materials breakthroughs. The smart health patches, developed in cooperation with the Holst Centre, will also be part of a live demonstration, with Henkel staff wearing the devices throughout the two-day exhibition, while monitors in the booth display the real-time cardio data.
To schedule a meeting with a Henkel technical specialist during LOPEC, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Henkel’s advanced printed electronics solutions, visit www.henkel-adhesives.com/electronics.