Session 3: Flexible Displays
PI-SCALE: Creating an Open Access Flexible OLED Pilot Line Service
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
3:20 PM - 3:40 PM
Flexible Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) provide unique features such as high flexibility, fine and direct patterning of light emission designs over large areas, transparency, and an ultra- thin form factor which can be made in any shape. These features are difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish with conventional light sources, including LEDs. However, new technologies such as flexible OLEDs are not easily accessible to designers and product developers who often have to wait until mass production is in place before they can start with their work. The PI-SCALE open access flexible OLED pilot line service is set up to bridge that gap between R&D and mass manufacturing, accelerating the integration of flexible OLEDs in diverse applications.
The initiative combines fourteen expert partners from five European countries, initially focusing on product streams in the areas of automotive, designer luminaires, and aeronautics applications. This end user focus is underpinned by the processing capabilities of the key European research institutes in the field of flexible OLEDs (Holst Centre, Fraunhofer FEP, CPI and VTT) and is supported by the European Commission. This paper provides an update of the technical achievements and challenges of the distributed pilot line, the features and specifications of customizable flexible OLED product prototypes that it can offer to those using its services , and its roadmap for future flexible OLED offerings. This is presented in the context of the exciting opportunities and anticipated challenges of creating sustainable business around flexible OLEDs for lighting and signage applications.
Pavel Kudlacek obtained his PhD in plasma and thin film physics in 2007. Since then, he worked on several positions in academy and industry on topics related to development and application of thin films in energy efficient and energy harvesting devices. Since 2014 he has been working as Senior Researcher at Holst Centre, developing advanced concepts for transparent, highly flexible, thin film encapsulation of moisture sensitive devices. Currently he is heavily involved in commercialization of an affordable flexible organic light-emitting diode technology.