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Printed and Flexible Sensors 2015-2025: Technologies, Players, Forecasts

  • ID: 3095163
  • January 2015
  • Region: Global
  • 241 Pages
  • IDTechEx
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Fully printed sensors will be worth more than $8 billion by 2025


  • BeBop Sensors
  • Electrozyme, USA
  • ISORG, France
  • Meggitt A/S, Denmark
  • Peratech, UK
  • PST Sensors, South Africa
  • MORE

"Sensors are playing an increasingly important role in printed electronics. While the biggest market is currently glucose sensors (for the treatment of diabetes), it is also highly commoditized. However, a new generation of printed sensors is now emerging from R&D and the range of applications is vast. There are many types of sensors and therefore many addressable markets. It is forecasted the market for fully printed sensors will be over $8 billion by 2025.

Printing is not a new technique in the sensor industry. In fact, some types of sensors have always been printed.

For example, there are already various types of sensors partially manufactured by screen printing (also known as a ""thick film"" process). In such devices, the transducer is a printed layer of either a polymeric or ceramic material. This technology has been used in the sensor industry for many years.

Progress in printed electronics now enables more sensors to be fully printed. Since sensors have a much simpler structure than displays or logic circuits, the manufacturing learning curve is therefore less steep compared to many other printed electronics applications. In most cases, these new printed sensors can be made on plastic substrates, offering the advantages of mechanical flexibility, thinness and light weight.

This report covers the following categories of printed sensors:

- Biosensors
- Capacitive sensors
- Piezoresistive sensors
- Piezoelectric sensors
- Photodetectors
- Temperature sensors
- Humidity sensors
- Gas sensors
- Established and emerging markets

Printed disposable blood glucose sensors currently generate $6 billion of revenue annually. These sensors are used by diabetics as a self-diagnosis tool. The technology is well-established READ MORE >

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  • BeBop Sensors
  • Electrozyme, USA
  • ISORG, France
  • Meggitt A/S, Denmark
  • Peratech, UK
  • PST Sensors, South Africa
  • MORE

1.1. Sensors in the printed electronics industry
1.2. How printing enables flexibility
1.3. Different stages of commercialization
1.4. Market size and growth rates

2.1. Scope and definitions
2.1.1. What is a sensor?
2.1.2. What is a fully printed sensor?
2.2. Market size for fully printed sensors
2.2.1. Revenue forecast (in USD)
2.2.2. CAGR per sensor type
2.2.3. Printed area, per sensor type
2.3. Biosensors
2.4. Capacitive sensors
2.5. Piezoresistive sensors
2.6. Piezoelectric sensors
2.7. Photodetectors
2.7.1. Printed organic photodetectors
2.7.2. Organic X-ray sensors
2.7.3. Hybrid CMOS image sensors
2.8. Temperature sensors
2.9. Humidity sensors
2.10. Gas sensors

3.1. Screen-printed electrodes
3.2. Glucose test strips
3.2.1. Screen printing vs. sputtering
3.2.2. Technical challenges
3.2.3. Competing technologies
3.2.4. A multi-billion dollar market, but low growth
3.3. Emerging applications of printed biosensors
3.3.1. Wearable patches by Electrozyme
3.3.2. Cholesterol sensor
3.3.3. Tuberculosis testing
3.3.4. Drug screening
3.3.5. Breath sensing
3.3.6. Enhancements with nanomaterials

4.1. Same structure, different materials available
4.2. Key players
4.3. Touch sensors for touchscreens
4.4. Formable capacitive switches
4.4.1. A case study: the Ford Fusion
4.4.2. Integration with Injection Moulding
4.4.3. 3D shaped sensors based on PEDOT
4.5. Capacitive pressure sensing
4.6. Fluid level sensor
4.7. Fingerprint sensors: will they be printed?

5.1. Thick film in pressure sensors
5.1.1. Ceramic vs. other common types of pressure sensors
5.1.2. Construction of a ceramic pressure sensor
5.2. Fully printed piezoresistive force sensors
5.2.1. Sensor construction
5.3. Key players
5.4. Applications and markets
5.4.2. Consumer electronics
5.4.3. Automotive
5.4.4. Medical
5.4.5. Musical instruments
5.4.6. Strain and bend sensors
5.5. New technologies in piezoresistive sensors
5.5.1. Quantum tunnelling composite (QTC)
5.5.2. Interpolation for large area sensing
5.5.3. Piezoresistive textile
5.5.4. Artificial skin made with gold nanoparticles

6.1. Key players
6.2. Printed PZT (inorganic)
6.2.2. Temperature requirements
6.2.3. Inkjet printing technology from Ricoh
6.3. Piezoelectric polymers
6.3.2. Material suppliers
6.3.3. Sensor arrays for novel user interfaces
6.3.4. Heat sensing with piezoelectric polymers
6.4. Printed amino acids

7.1. Reasons to replace silicon
7.2. Key players
7.3. Device structure
7.3.2. Screen-printing
7.3.3. Slot die coating
7.4. Organic photodetectors (OPD)
7.4.1. Enabling new form factors for optical sensors
7.4.2. ISORG building a production line for organic photodetectors
7.4.3. OLED and OPD device for pulse oximetry (UC Berkeley)
7.4.4. Academic research: photodetectors on textile
7.5. Hybrid CMOS image sensors
7.5.1. Organic semiconductors
7.5.2. Quantum dots
7.6. Flexible X-ray sensors
7.6.1. The role of photodiodes in X-ray sensors
7.6.2. NikkoIA develops organic imaging technology for X-rays sensors
7.6.3. Demonstration from the Flexible Display Center (Arizona State University)
7.6.4. Collaboration between ISORG and Plastic Logic demonstrates a flexible image sensor
7.6.5. Collaboration between Imec, Holst Centre, and Philips Research

8.1. Key players
8.2. Inks compatible with plastic substrates
8.2.1. PST Sensors: Silicon nanoparticles ink
8.2.2. Research at PARC (Xerox)
8.2.3. Organic heat sensor
8.3. Applications
8.3.1. Electronic tags as a replacement for time-temperature indicators
8.3.2. First proof-of-concept prototype of an integrated printed electronic tag
8.3.3. Wearable temperature monitors
8.3.4. Exploring new applications
8.4. Wireless temperature sensor made with carbon nanotubes

9.1. Principles of thick film humidity sensors
9.1.1. Porous ceramics humidity sensors
9.1.2. Polymeric humidity sensors
9.2. Key players
9.3. Printed wireless humidity sensors
9.3.1. Western Michigan University
9.3.2. Application to building monitoring
9.3.3. Invisense wins grant to develop new product
9.4. Integration of humidity and temperature sensors
9.4.1. PST Sensors
9.4.2. Brewer Science: ultrafast response with carbon nanotubes

10.1. Different types of gas sensors, not all can be printed
10.1.1. Pellistors
10.1.2. Infrared
10.1.3. Electrochemical
10.1.4. Chemiresistors
10.1.5. Electronic nose (e-nose)
10.2. Key players in printed gas sensors
10.3. All-printed gas sensors with solid electrolytes
10.3.1. SPEC sensor
10.3.2. Solidsense
10.4. Latest innovations
10.4.1. Aerosol jet printing
10.4.2. Inkjet Printing
10.4.3. New electronic nose device with inkjet-printed semiconductor
10.4.4. Research on acetone breath analysis

11.1. An index categorising over 80 companies by sensor type and geography
11.2. Detailed company profiles
11.2.1. Arizona State University (ASU), USA
11.2.2. BeBop Sensors
11.2.3. DropSens, Spain
11.2.4. Electrozyme, USA
11.2.5. GSI Technologies, USA
11.2.6. Interlink Electronics, USA
11.2.7. ISORG, France
11.2.8. KWJ?Engineering, USA
11.2.9. Meggitt A/S, Denmark
11.2.10. NikkoIA SAS, France
11.2.11. Peratech, UK
11.2.12. Piezotech (Arkema group), France
11.2.13. Plastic Electronic GmbH, Austria
11.2.14. PolyIC, Germany
11.2.15. PST Sensors, South Africa
11.2.16. Sensitronics, USA
11.2.17. Synkera Technologies, USA
11.2.18. Tactonic Technologies, USA
11.2.19. Tekscan, USA
11.2.20. Temptime, USA
11.2.21. Thin Film Electronics, Norway
11.2.22. T-Ink, USA
11.2.23. Vista Medical, Canada

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- Arizona State University (ASU), USA
- BeBop Sensors
- DropSens, Spain
- Electrozyme, USA
- GSI Technologies, USA
- ISORG, France
- Interlink Electronics, USA
- KWJ?Engineering, USA
- Meggitt A/S, Denmark
- NikkoIA SAS, France
- PST Sensors, South Africa
- Peratech, UK
- Piezotech (Arkema group), France
- Plastic Electronic GmbH, Austria
- PolyIC, Germany
- Sensitronics, USA
- Synkera Technologies, USA
- T-Ink, USA
- Tactonic Technologies, USA
- Tekscan, USA
- Temptime, USA
- Thin Film Electronics, Norway
- Vista Medical, Canada

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