Kodak and Xymox Technologies to Jointly Promote Use of Conductive Films for Projected Capacitive Sensors
(Nanowerk News) Kodak and Xymox Technologies, Inc. have entered into a multi-year agreement to jointly promote Kodak’s Highly Conductive Films (HCF) – the featured product in multi-touch sensor technology developed by Xymox. The agreement further states that Kodak on a non-exclusive basis will promote Xymox as a preferred source for industrial sensors made using HCF Films. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Xymox’s new multi-touch sensor technology will incorporate HCF Film in a variety of industrial sensors, with potential use in cars, home appliances, tooling and machine equipment, product packaging, signs, and other interactive displays.
“The technology that utilizes Kodak’s HCF Film represents a milestone for Xymox in the scaling up and commercial roll-out of our projected capacitive sensor 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.
Edward Hurley, General Manager for Kodak’s Industrial Materials Group, said the agreement is evidence that Kodak is innovating in the functional print markets by leveraging a range of technologies and experience via collaboration with partners to deliver multiple solutions for the touch sensor markets.
“With this agreement, Kodak continues to execute on our strategy of developing a portfolio of flexible film offerings in answer to the growing market need for alternative touch sensor solutions,” Hurley said.
Xymox’s projected capacitive sensor features KODAK HCF Film, a transparent, polyester film with PEDOT/PSS, a conductive coating on each side – to save on both thickness and cost. A transparent pattern is produced when the conductivity of the film is deactivated to produce the customer’s desired pattern. Xymox can laminate the sensor onto acrylic or glass for integration with the capacitive touch controller, the results are a completed touch sensor where the pattern is not visible to the naked eye.
“KODAK HCF Films are a key element of that process,” said Hurley, adding that the films “provide high transparency and conductivity with low haze and neutral color, and come with a feature set that meets the design specifications of sensors for a variety of industrial applications.”
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
Kodak is transforming into a B2B company focused on its Commercial Imaging business. Kodak will be centered on commercial, packaging and functional printing solutions and enterprise services, markets in which it offers customers advanced technologies that give them a competitive edge. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit www.kodak.com.
Source: Kodak (press release)
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