- First proof of concept for thermoformed plastic parts with printed sensor systems
- Smart petri dish prototype
- Strategic partnership with innoME (accensors)
Kremsmünster, Austria, April 2021. Greiner Assistec is currently working with accensors, an innoME GmbH business unit specializing in film sensor technology, on a development project aimed at creating printed sensor systems. The first milestone came in the form of a proof of concept for an intelligent petri dish.
Smart, printed sensor systems
In accensors, Greiner Assistec was able to bring a strong sensor technology partner on board. The aim of this strategic partnership is to offer future customers the option of buying thermoformed plastic parts with printed sensor systems, among other solutions. As part of the pilot project, an initial demo prototype has now been developed, taking the form of a smart petri dish. This involves printing two sensors on the film before putting it through a thermoforming process. And the resulting solution also allows for ongoing monitoring, with the initial prototype making it possible to check up on the pH value and the temperature of the medium in the dish using an accensors scanner and an app. The resulting data obtained via this process can be harnessed to gain new insights in the realm of research and development.
New generation of intelligent petri dishes
Eike Wilhelm Kottkamp, founder and CEO of innoME GmbH, likewise sees this project as extremely promising: “The collaboration with Greiner Assistec and implementation of thermoformed film sensors in 3D geometries are a key milestone on our roadmap. Together, we are pleased to be bringing this value proposition to market – and we are eagerly looking forward to the future. At the moment, we are holding preliminary discussions with parties interested in specific applications in the biotech, smart manufacturing, and agricultural sectors.”
Greiner Assistec will continue to work with strong partners such as innoME to deliver the smart petri dish and implement other approaches in the field of intelligent plastics solutions based on printed electronics.
- Technology: Thermoforming of films with printed electronics
- Items printed: pH and temperature sensors
- Film material: PET