Combined efforts by Eastman Kodak Company and Xymox Technologies, Inc. have yielded a new highly conductive film product - KODAK HCF-385 Film - for use in projected capacitive touch sensors found in home appliances, tooling and machine equipment, product packaging, signage, automotive displays and other interactive electronic devices.
The new film adds to Kodak's growing portfolio of Highly Conductive Films (HCF), and is a result of a shared technology partnership between Kodak and Xymox in response to market requests for a transparent conductive film with a higher light transmittance than what was currently available in the HCF Film product line.
KODAK HCF-385 Film meets that demand, stated Edward Hurley, General Manager for Kodak's Graphics, Entertainment and Commercial Films, who said the new film is "evidence Kodak is innovating in the flexible film technology space with shared technology partners to deliver multiple solutions for the printed electronics markets."
A transparent, polyester film, HCF-385 Film and its counterparts are available in single and dual sided coated formats using PEDOT/PSS, a conductive polymer created as a result of shared technology between Kodak and another of its shared technology partners, Heraeus Precious Metals, Inc.
The family of KODAK HCF Films now includes products with surface resistivity of 150, 225 and 385 ohms square. In terms of their physical performance, these films are very stable and also easy to work with due to the flexibility of the coating, Hurley said.
"The technology that utilizes Kodak's HCF Films represents a milestone for Xymox in the scaling up and commercial roll-out of our projected capacitive sensors to meet the quality and price targets of our printed electronics customers," said Bob Heidenrich, Xymox Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
"Kodak's unparalleled expertise and core competencies in materials science, deposition technologies and large-scale manufacturing allow us to integrate HCF Film in the design and manufacture of custom projected capacitive sensors for an array of industrial applications," Heidenrich said.
Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the products goods packaging, graphic communications, and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at www.kodak.com , follow us on Twitter@Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.
Xymox has been a leader in the design and manufacture of membrane switches for more than 35 years with applications in diverse markets including appliances, industrial controls, and medical electronics. Xymox offers a complete array of custom membrane switches, flexible circuitries and graphic overlays. Building on this foundation, Xymox is taking core competencies such as solution engineering, screen printing, laminating, and die cutting and now supplies new products such as projected capacitive sensors to the Printed Electronics market. Visit www.xymox.com .
Heraeus, the precious metals and technology group headquartered in Hanau, Germany, is a global, private company with more than 160 years of tradition. Our fields of competence include precious metals, materials and technologies, sensors, biomaterials and medical products, quartz glass, and specialty light sources. In the financial year 2012 Heraeus generated product revenues of €4.2 billion and precious metal trading revenues of €16 billion. With more than 12,200 employees in over 100 subsidiaries worldwide, Heraeus holds a leading position in its global markets. Visit the Heraeus Electronic Materials, conductive polymers web site at www.clevios.com
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