- Printed sensors for battery monitoring and RECARO car seat
- Innovative applications improve the safety, comfort and range of electric vehicles
- Sensors are drivers of digitalization throughout the industry
- High market potential for the future
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) presents innovative applications for the automotive industry at LOPEC, the leading international exhibition of flexible, organic and printed electronics. Together with Heidelberg’s InnovationLab the company will introduce in late March printed sensors for battery monitoring and RECARO car seats. Heidelberg has already set up its own business unit for the industrial development, production and sale of printed electronics for this growing market, and has set up production at the Vistula-Waldorf site. In the future, it will produce electronic components and sensors for digital applications, especially in healthcare and logistics, as well as in retail or the automotive industry using the latest printing technologies.
“The printing electronics market, especially sensors, is Heidelberg’s future,” said Rainer Hundsdorfer, CEO of Heidelberg. “With the solutions presented to the automotive industry, we have good opportunities to further expand our business in this segment. We see opportunities for growth for us as an operator in the production of high-tech sensors in the range of two to three million euros.”
Using a car seat developed by RECARO Automotive GmbH, visitors can see how the pressure sensor foil can detect passengers and distinguish them from other objects. The information obtained can be used for driver assistance and safety systems, such as seat belt reminders and deactivation of the airbag when a child seat is detected. The presented matrix of sensors also allows to define, what position of a seat is occupied by passengers. This will be especially important with (partially) autonomous control for the operation of safety systems, as the driver’s position will be much more variable.
An innovative solution for battery control will also be presented. Printed ultra-thin pressure and temperature sensors can capture data with spatial resolution from individual battery cells, which can extend battery life by up to 40%. The printed sensor films are thin enough to fit between individual battery cells and capture detailed pressure and temperature data. This cell-level information provides valuable information on battery status and performance, helping research teams and developers improve battery design – including to expand the range of electric vehicles.
“With the industrial production of functional films equipped with sensors, Heidelberg opens up a new playing field for digital business models. Each square meter of film is equipped with up to a million sensors that record the slightest changes in pressure, temperature or humidity. The data obtained in this way are processed using artificial intelligence algorithms and ensure the quality of information that goes beyond discrete measured variables, “said Dr. Michael Kreger, Managing Director of Heidelberg Printed Electronics GmbH.” In the process, all sensor technology is printed in one go passage, including all current paths, sensors and interface to digital end devices ”.
The LOPEC exhibition will be held in Munich from 22 to 24 March 2022. Heidelberg will be exhibiting its range of products and services together with InnovationLab at booth B0.510. In addition, CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer will deliver a keynote address at the congress, which is being held at the same time: Rainer Hundsdörfer (lopec.com)
Figure 1: Printed sensors for data collection and battery level range
expansion of electric vehicles.
Figure 2: Using a car seat developed by RECARO Automotive GmbH, visitors can
see how pressure sensor foil can detect passengers and distinguish them from other objects.
Figure 3: Heidelberg production of printed electronics at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site.
Additional information about printed electronics:
Internet: printed electronics Heidelberg
IL: Your expert in flexible printing electronics (innovationlab.de)
LOPEC: The program and highlights of LOPEC
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