Flexible OLED pilot line project lights the way in the development of innovative photonics products

CPI, a UK-based technology innovation centre and a founding member of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, based at NETPark is part of a consortium aiming to develop a flexible-access pilot line that will accelerate the adoption of flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). On 7th November, a workshop will take place at Fraunhofer FEP to showcase the outcomes of the LYTEUS OLED pilot line service to potential industrial customers.

Flexible OLEDs have the potential to be used in the design of a number of innovative new products across many different application areas such as architecture, automotive, aerospace and consumer electronics. The technology enables the production of ultra-thin (<0.2 mm), highly bendable, lightweight, (and even transparent) energy efficient lighting solutions that can be made or cut to any shape or size.

The PI-SCALE project, funded by the European Commission, brought together leading European research institutes including Fraunhofer FEP, VTT, the Holst Centre and CPI.  Industrial partners Audi, Rehau, Pilkington and EMDE development of light GmbH were also involved in setting up the pilot line service for the project; LYTEUS.

The LYTEUS OLED pilot line service is able to supply industrial companies with customized flexible OLED lighting modules and offers companies flexible access to specialist infrastructure for the development of innovative photonics products. Companies of all sizes will be able to quickly and cost effectively test and scale up their flexible OLED lighting concepts and turn them into market-ready products.

As part of the project, CPI has developed the first roll-to-roll laser cutting process for singulation of flexible OLEDs from a roll. To create the individual components, CPI used a unique and precise Femtosecond laser for singulation of roll-to-roll f-OLED. This means that the LYTEUS pilot line can now perform high quality and high speed singulation for flexible OLED production. This greatly helps companies to get new products to market faster and at a lower cost.

Adam Graham at CPI said, ‘PI-SCALE offers world-class capability and services in the pilot production of customised flexible OLEDs and will enable innovations in automotive, designer luminaire and aeronautic products. Importantly, companies will be able to test and develop their specific applications at an industrial scale, achieving the product performance, cost, yield, efficiency and safety requirements that facilitate mass market adoption.’

The one-day workshop at Fraunhofer FEP in November will enable interested parties to learn what the LYTEUS pilot line service has to offer. The industrial partners of PI-SCALE will also present their applications, and a number of experts and research partners will be available to discuss any details about the range of services included as part of LYTEUS.

News source: CPI

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