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Printed e-paper as a cost-effective e-display solution

14th September 2022
Paige West

The global deep-tech company Ynvisible develops and produces e-paper displays, which are cost-effective, extremely low-power, thin, and flexible to use.

The e-paper displays are printed on PET plastic substrates using the company's own roll-to-roll process. This results in thin, flexible, and cost-effectively produced e-paper solutions that feature an optimal price/performance ratio and a wide range of possible applications.

"Customers choose our e-paper displays when other display options are expensive, power-intensive, or inflexible. Our display solutions are ideal for battery-powered or battery-less applications thanks to the microwatt power consumption, low operating voltage of only 1.5 volts, and image memory characteristics," explains Keith Morton, Director of Sales & Marketing for Ynvisible.

Printed electronics have opened the door to new opportunities to print flexible electrical circuits directly onto various substrates like plastics, papers, and textiles. Ynvisible’s e-paper displays are roll-to-roll printed on thin and flexible plastic substrates that makes them cost-effective and a more sustainable display option, both from a manufacturing and materials standpoint. As a result, displays can be produced that go beyond existing applications.

While established technologies such as reflective LCD, electrophoretic e-paper, and LED displays often involve high production and acquisition costs, Ynvisible's printed e-paper is already replacing these technologies in a variety of industries, such as retail. Through advanced and sustainable roll-to-roll print production of the e-paper displays, the reflective screen technology, based on conductive electrochromic polymers that change colour at just 1.5 volts, can be offered 50% more cost-effectively than competing large-screen formats.

"Low cost, energy efficiency, sustainability, thinness, and flexibility are the key factors our customers expect," adds Morton, adding, "Imagine using a bulky, rectangular, power-hungry glass-based display in a smart card, smart packaging application, wristband, or wound dressing. It's just not an option."

Ynvisible's solutions are already being used as digital signage and smart labels in the apparel and fashion industries, as public information displays, and food retailers for dynamic labelling. As part of Electronica 2022, Ynvisible will showcase its latest cross-industry e-paper display solutions in Hall B5, Booth 118.

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