Training Workshop

Next Generation Sensing: Printed Sensors

Presented by Brewer Science, Inc.
Wednesday, June 26 | 1:00PM-4:30PM

In recent years, the desire for more information has driven growth in the sensor industry. For areas like IoT and Big Data, new sensing technologies are entering the market.  To meet this demand, printed sensors are a natural solution.  The market is growing by 7% CAGR and is expected to exceed $11B by 2024. In this workshop you will learn opportunities and challenges from top innovators in the printed sensors industry.  They will present their view on where the market is and will be, and what applications fit best for printed sensors.

[Note: this Workshop is free to all attendees and on a first come, first served basis. Simply sign up during the attendee registration process and act fast - space is limited!]


1:00-1:15PM | Introduction
Robert Frueh | Brewer Science

1:15-1:45PM | Wearables, A Market and Technology Evolution
Stefanie Harvey | SEMI

Despite significant media attention and venture capital funding, wearable technologies did not live up to the expectations set earlier this decade. With the exception of large established electronics manufacturers, many companies have struggled to introduce a sustained and successful wearable product.  We will explore a brief history of wearable technologies, highlight winning and losing products, and discuss which application spaces are most promising. We will also examine the role of sensors and flexible hybrid electronics in the evolving landscape of wearables and moving beyond the form factors of smart watches and ear buds.

1:45-2:15PM | IoT - The Internet of Temperature?
Margit Harting | PST Sensors

After identity, time, and location the most often required information for any situation is temperature. This is equally as true for industrial manufacturing and processing as it is in healthcare, and for food and product safety. With the global connectivity offered by and required by the Internet of Things (IoT), industrial applications are rapidly moving beyond simple data logging and reporting to a full Monitoring, Intervention and Control (MIC), often in real time. Printed sensors provide the ability to put temperature sensing into everything, anywhere. At the heart PST’s technology is a printed negative temperature coefficient (NTC) thermistor based on its unique printed silicon technology. In the latest developments, temperature sensors are combined with other printed components, including humidity and pressure sensors, as well as conventional electronics to provide remote MIC of temperature and other important parameters. IoT applications will be presented which extend across different industry sectors and impact on all aspects of life including, comfort, health, safety, transport, and storage.

2:15-2:30PM | Break

2:30-3:00PM | Role of Materials in Performance of Printed Temperature Sensors
Vijaya Kayastha | Brewer Science

Temperature sensors play a critical role in preventing unnecessary loss or damage of equipment and inventory in many applications, including Industry 4.0 warehousing, logistics, and medical devices, by monitoring temperature and activating an alarm in response to an undesired condition. Such sensors can also protect warehouses from potential unauthorized access. In addition, temperature is a key parameter to monitor in environmental sensing applications, which has led to different types of air and water sensors. Compared to existing traditionally fabricated temperature sensors, printed temperature sensors offer the advantages of low-cost manufacturing, unlimited customization possibilities, printability on conformal surfaces, and, for an array format, high speed and direct integration with other printed sensors to form pixelated, multi-sensing arrays. However, the materials and processes used to make printed temperature sensors must be carefully chosen and developed to build an accurate and stable sensor. This talk will focus on the importance of preparing, selecting and/or tuning, and processing materials and substrates with the right properties that enable improved manufacturability and high sensor performance, that is, high levels of accuracy, stability, sensitivity, and selectivity. Finally, some performance parameters of advanced printed temperature sensors will be presented.

3:00-3:30PM | Printed Electronics and the Medical/Industrial Device Company
Dean Hotvet, Xymox

Medical and Industrial device manufactures are slow to adapt new technologies for good reason. If
they don’t work, their reputation and potentially whole company are at stake. Xymox will share some of the lessons its learned about providing new user-interface technologies to medical and industrial device manufacturers, why the experience of the end-user matters most, and how printed electronics can help these companies reach new customers by remaining invisible. Specifically touching on:

  • Why medical and industrial touch sensor needs are different from consumer products.
  • Why end-user experience matter most
    • How printed electronics enables the use of new user interface capabilities for these industries by:Designing for specific application (medical, industrial) needs
    • Avoiding design compromises
    • Providing “display insurance”
    • Supply chain realities

3:30-4:00PM | Phenomics at Scale: Driving Advances in Crop Breeding and Smart Farm Management with Insights from Diverse Sensor Platforms and Technologies
Nadia Shakoor, Danforth

With the rapid advancement and implementation of robust and high-quality genomic technologies in the plant sciences, the functional analysis of new genomes is currently limited by the quality and speed of high throughput phenotyping of crops and their environment. There is an immediate need for robust, high-efficiency, low cost sensor technologies that will not only help agricultural growers reduce their energy inputs, but also collect ground truth microclimate data at a spatial and temporal resolution necessary for researchers to develop and improve high-yielding, energy efficient crops that are resilient to variable climates. Ongoing advances in genomics and high throughput phenotyping creates multiple layers of valuable information that can be exploited to rapidly advance crop breeding. In recent years, major contributions from government and private organizations have been invested in the creation and use of high throughput sensing tools to speed the development and deployment of phenotyping and breeding technologies to benefit researchers and farmers. From small agtech companies like Agrela Ecosystems, Inc. to the TERRA-REF program and the Sorghum Genomics Toolbox funded respectively by the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, cutting-edge technologies are being employed to sequence and analyze crop genomes, along with deploying various scales of sensing and imaging platforms (e.g., UAS, tractor-based and indoor and outdoor field scanner systems) to capture millions of phenotypic observations across growing seasons and diverse environments.

4:00-4:30PM | Short Break/Panel Discussion
Robert Frueh | Brewer Science

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