Flexible printed sensor solutions from Molex, on Soligie acquisition

October 08, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Molex, has expanded its printed electronics portfolio with the recent acquisition of Minnesota-based Soligie, Inc. Custom Soligie products provide a robust and economical alternative to a rigid printed circuit board (PCB) or copper flex circuits.

Soligie sensor solutions can be applied in measuring temperature, shock and humidity, physiological monitoring, environmental and biochemical sensors, and virtually any sensor product requiring a thin, flexible electronic form factor. Designs start with a low cost substrate onto which functional components are added using conductive silver ink to form the circuitry. Suitable for integrating sensors, batteries, RFID, thin displays, LEDs and other passive devices, the Soligie manufacturing process yields small, flexible all-in-one sensor solutions at a lower overall cost than conventional circuitry.

Molex manufacturing capabilities include electronic device bonding using high precision roll-to-roll (R2R) and sheet-to-sheet technology. A multi-station printing system can combine flexographic and rotary screen capability and the ability to print multiple layers for more efficient manufacturing. The R2R high speed printing process for Soligie solutions creates exact equivalents of copper circuitry in sensor applications, while reducing manufacturing processes, materials and cost.

“Smart sensor products demand smart manufacturing methods. As electronic packaging continues to shrink in size, while ramping up in sophistication, customers need highly functional and cost-effective circuitry,” states Todd Hester, vice president and general manager for Molex Printed Circuit Products. “We provide early stage Soligie technology development with a clear path to high-volume manufacturing.”

Molex’ services include Soligie sensor design and process development, prototype fabrication, product development, commercialisation and manufacturing.

Molex; www.molex.com/pa/printedcircuitproducts.html