– demonstrates Integrated Technology Solutions for Highly Flexible Electronics.
The Lubrizol Corporation’s Engineered Polymers business exhibited at IDTechEx Show in November 2018.
Following the theme of the event, “Connecting Emerging Technologies with Global Brands”, Lubrizol showcased innovative technologies from its Engineered Polymers and Performance Coatings businesses. These technologies are especially well suited for Electronics including flexible hybrid electronics, wearables, mobile devices and accessories, and 3D printing.
To demonstrate the value of integrating solutions from across its broad range of technologies, Lubrizol unveiled its custom-designed Multi-Tech Commuter (MTC) jacket prototypes for show, touch and tell with event attendees. Designed for stylish and functional street-to-office wearability, the MTC jacket features Lubrizol materials that ensure function, comfort and durability over the life of the garment. It is engineered for comfortable motion and mobility, stretch denim and polyester fabrics move and breathe with the wearer. A flexible circuit heating element across the inside of the jacket’s back provides warmth on demand, perfect for environments with large temperature swings or for comfortable dashes from commute-to-indoors – without the bulk of additional clothing layers. Fabric treatment at the elbows and palms enhances garment durability, while stretch-restrictive coating printed over the electrically conductive traces protects the circuits in-use and during laundering.
The technology behind Lubrizol’s Multi-Tech Commuter jacket’s performance includes:
Individually, each of these innovative technologies contributes significant benefits that enable functionality as well as the form, fit and fashion that are in strong demand in Highly Flexible Electronic applications. By bringing these technologies together, Lubrizol serves as a single convenient source of technology and application know-how, backed by a culture that thrives on collaboration.
Lubrizol Engineered Polymers offers a broad portfolio of engineered polymers including resins that are bio-based, recyclable, light stable, flame retardant, adhesive, conductive, chemically resistant, optically clear and fast cycling. Its technology crosses many industries and applications, including surface protection, power and fluid systems, sports and recreation, wearable devices, electronics and automotive.
In addition, Lubrizol’s Performance Coatings Group (PCG) offers a range of products for enhancing the performance of electronics and electronics manufacturing, from Carboset acrylic polymers for photoresist manufacturing of circuit boards and Solsperse hyperdispersants for display colour filter and battery cathode/anode materials, to surface compatibilizers and Performax durability-enhancing coatings for printed conductive inks. PCG has ingredients, custom formulation expertise and development capability that includes testing to proof of function and new polymer synthesis.
The Multi-Tech Commuter (MTC) Jacket is the result of an impressive multiple-partner collaboration between leading experts including Lubrizol, Principled Design, ACI Materials, and Butler Technologies that took the project from concept to completion in just nine months.
The project underscores the importance of systems thinking in the development of novel wearable electronics, combining design, material science, applications know-how, and value chain partners having the right mindset and capabilities, to quickly turn innovative ideas into prototypes and then commercial scale realities.
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