The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, one of the leading research and development partners for the development of surface technologies, together with Applied Materials, Inc. is exhibiting innovative technologies for the production of transparent and hot steam sterilizable packaging films at AIMCAL 2016 from May 30 – June 2, 2016 in Dresden, Germany.
Packaging films are ubiquitous, yet their importance and sophistication are often overlooked by consumers. In order to ensure the quality of the purchased product inside, packaging films are optimized for the respective packaged goods, and often include coatings to preserve freshness and purity and to extend shelf-life. With packaging industry trends and consumer preferences constantly evolving, the opportunities for innovation in packaging films are tremendous.
For example, scientists at Fraunhofer FEP working with Applied Materials developed a process for depositing an ultra-thin aluminum oxide layer with a thickness of < 100 nanometers (typically 10 – 15 nm).
"In contrast to conventional production methods, we have extended the process by a further component: the alumina is vacuum deposited with the support of an intense plasma, so that a much more robust, significantly more dense, and way more solid layer is formed compared with using a low intensity plasma," explains Steffen Straach, group leader in the department “Flat and Flexible Products” at Fraunhofer FEP. "This is of particular relevance for further processing of the packaging materials."
The ultra-thin aluminum oxide layers deliver reliable protection, for example in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics or delicate foods against humidity, gases and other environmental influences. Furthermore, they provide maximum transparency. They have a very high barrier effect against oxygen and water vapor, so packaged goods survive even longer storage and transport times, and can withstand superheated steam sterilization.
The high deposition rate of the new process developed by Fraunhofer FEP for roll-to-roll coating systems enables the efficient production of competitive packaging films.
"Working with Fraunhofer FEP to commercialize innovative processes for the packaging industry is a great example of what joint research efforts can achieve," said Daniel P. Forster, vice president and general manager, Applied Materials Roll-to-Roll Coating Products Division. "There is a growing market for improved quality packaging and Applied is the well-established leader in roll-to-roll systems to enable high-volume production of advanced transparent barrier films."
Fraunhofer FEP and Applied Materials jointly succeeded in integrating this process into a metallization system for industrial mass production. Several Applied TopMet® CLEAR systems with coating widths up to 2.85 m have been delivered. The Applied TopMet® CLEAR system provides the latest production solutions for the packaging industry. Its robust patented evaporator boat design, winding system and in-line control system for layer thickness monitoring generate uniform AlOX layers with higher barrier performance and higher transparency.
Fraunhofer FEP at AIMCAL 2016
Monday, May 30
Session: Coating and Laminating Short Course
13:30 – 17:00, Location: Bellevue I
Oliver Miesbauer, Fraunhofer IVV / Dr. rer. nat. John Fahlteich, Fraunhofer FEP
Tuesday, May 31
Track: Web Coating and Web Handling,
Session: Web Surface / Barrier
14:30 – 15:00, Location: Bellevue I
Surface modification of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and oxide coated PET for adhesion improvement
Juliane Fichtner, Fraunhofer FEP
Session: Sputtering, Coating Equipment, Inline control
16:00 – 16:30, Location: Bellevue II
Adapted particle bombardment during layer growth by pulse magnetron sputtering
Dr. rer. nat. Daniel Glöß, Fraunhofer FEP
Wednesday, June 1
Session: Pretreatment, Substrate Film, Simulation
10:30 – 11:00, Location: Bellevue II
Vacuum plasma treatment and coating of fluoropolymer webs – challenges and applications
M.Eng. Cindy Steiner, Fraunhofer FEP
Thursday, June 2
Session: New Applications, Emerging Technologies, Capacitors, Photovoltaic
8:30 – 9:00, Location: Bellevue II
New vacuum coating technologies for metal strips and foils
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Metzner, Fraunhofer FEP
10:30 – 11:00, Location: Bellevue II
Present status of Roll-to-Roll Fabrication for OLED lighting
Michael Stanel, Fraunhofer FEP
Applied Materilas and TopMet are registered trademarks of Applied Materials, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All rights reserved.
We will provide information on "Thin film technology for battery applications" and "Transparent layers for autoclavable packaging" at the Applied Materials booth during a Labtour at Fraunhofer FEP. The tour will include the following coating lines: MAXI (inline vacuum coating for metal plates and strip), coFlex® 600 (roll-to-roll pilot coating plant), novoFlex® 600 (roll-to-roll pilot coating plant), and a roll-to-roll OLED deposition line.
Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP | Phone +49 351 2586 452 | Annett.Arnold@fep.fraunhofer.de
Winterbergstraße 28 | 01277 Dresden | Germany | www.fep.fraunhofer.de
Annett Arnold | Fraunhofer-Institut für Organische Elektronik, Elektronenstrahl- und Plasmatechnik FEP
COMPAMED 2016 connected medical devices and people
23.11.2016 | IVAM Fachverband für Mikrotechnik
Successfully transferring Industrie 4.0 into reality
21.11.2016 | Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, DFKI
A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.
Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...
In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.
“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...
The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.
The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...
Broadband rotational spectroscopy unravels structural reshaping of isolated molecules in the gas phase to accommodate water
In two recent publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, researchers around Melanie Schnell from the Max...
The efficiency of power electronic systems is not solely dependent on electrical efficiency but also on weight, for example, in mobile systems. When the weight of relevant components and devices in airplanes, for instance, is reduced, fuel savings can be achieved and correspondingly greenhouse gas emissions decreased. New materials and components based on gallium nitride (GaN) can help to reduce weight and increase the efficiency. With these new materials, power electronic switches can be operated at higher switching frequency, resulting in higher power density and lower material costs.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with partners have investigated how these materials can be used to make power...
16.11.2016 | Event News
01.11.2016 | Event News
14.10.2016 | Event News
02.12.2016 | Medical Engineering
02.12.2016 | Agricultural and Forestry Science
02.12.2016 | Physics and Astronomy