The key to mass production of plastic electronic devices lies in the advances made in processing technologies such as printing, vacuum deposition and roll-to-roll processing.
The industry is making inroads into the development of processing techniques to manufacture devices such as organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), flexible RFID tags, photovoltaics and so on.
In order to achieve widespread adoption though, it is critical that the challenges involved in roll-to-roll processing or production of plastic electronic devices by the kilometre be addressed. Factors such as yield and resolution become important in the ability to drive down costs, which ultimately convinces end users into adoption.
Printed electronics have advantages in several applications over conventional electronics, mainly due to the processing techniques employed. The prospect of embedding sensors, displays and RFID tags in packaging, for instance, is attractive because the techniques used to fabricate these devices are compliant with packaging processes.