The market for household appliances is growing tirelessly. Customers want increasingly modern, more convenient smart home devices that make their everyday life easier. Reliability is essential for end users. That’s why you should use PolyIC! Our sensor foils for household appliances are not only extremely robust and durable but can also be individually integrated into electrical devices such as microwaves, refrigerators, washing machines, or dryers. Whether display panel or touch panel, smooth or curved surface, our sensors are as flexible as your designs. In addition to their flexibility, they also impress with their high transparency, which enables color fastness in backlighting.
Specific hygiene measures are essential, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Irregular or only occasional cleaning can quickly turn surfaces into breeding grounds for pathogens. So when designing your household appliances, you should also try to make cleaning of the appliances as easy as possible for the end user. With our reliable sensor solutions, mechanical switches and buttons can be transformed into smooth, uniform touch user interfaces that are easy and practical to clean. This makes it easier for your customers to clean their household appliances and at the same time minimize possible health risks.
PolyIC presented a revolutionary application example for touch sensors in white goods at LOPEC, the international trade fair and congress for printed electronics, in 2017. Under the theme ‘Future of printed electronics’, we presented a washing machine control panel with a built-in touch sensor. For the implementation, we used a flexible PolyTC® sensor that was harmoniously integrated into the curved design of the touch display. Its special feature is that the almost 7-inch sensor is available in series production.
Various techniques can be used to integrate PolyTC® touch sensors into household appliances. Laminating with OCA (Optical Clear Adhesives), in particular, has become established as a standard process in the display industry. As a pioneer in sensor technology, we not only offer this classic technique but also several state-of-the-art integration methods: The practical IME (In-Mold Electronics) plus IMD (In-Mold Decoration) combine decorated components and sensor foils during the injection molding process to save time. Our PolyIC Functional Foil Bonding (FFB) for sensor integration into plastic components that have already been decorated, is even more efficient. Click here for more information about this and other procedures.
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How can a touch display be integrated into a refrigerator? And what does a sensor need to do to withstand cold and heat? We are here to answer all your questions about touch technology in household appliances, white goods, smart homes, and more.